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Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education

Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
How can online learning open, widen and formalise access to quality higher education?

 

Online Guardian debate 23rd November 2012

 

Higher education has always been fond of its acronyms and they don't get much more prolific than the current four letters doing the rounds. From the December 2011 launch of MITx Stateside to the University of Edinburgh's decision to join the Coursera platform, MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) have barely been off the education news menu. Nor was the Observer alone in recently asking: "Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?"

 

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Design Thinking: Change Your Life with Design Thinking

Design Thinking: Change Your Life with Design Thinking | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The article describes design thinking as "thinking that focuses on creating better things, while analytical thinking, which is standard in business, is choosing between things". I don't think this quite right, as creating better things clearly involves a process of choosing somewhere along the line. But the empahsis, indeed, is on creating things.

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Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool?

Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Researchers push for end to publishers' default ban on computer scanning of tens of thousands of papers to find links between genes and diseases...

 

This technique, called text mining, is a vital 21st-century research method. It uses powerful computers to find links between drugs and side effects, or genes and diseases, that are hidden within the vast scientific literature. These are discoveries that a person scouring through papers one by one may never notice.It is a technique with big potential. A report published by McKinsey Global Institute last year said that "big data" technologies such as text and data mining had the potential to create €250bn (£200bn) of annual value to Europe's economy, if researchers were allowed to make full use of it.

 

Unfortunately, in most cases, text mining is forbidden. Bergman, Murray-Rust, Piwowar and countless other academics are prevented from using the most modern research techniques because the big publishing companies such as Macmillan, Wiley and Elsevier, which control the distribution of most of the world's academic literature, by default do not allow text mining of the content that sits behind their expensive paywalls.

Any such project requires special dispensation from – and time-consuming individual negotiations with – the scores of publishers that may be involved.

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