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Finding the right sensemaking routines is crucial for Personal Knowledge Management! "Social filtering

Finding the right sensemaking routines is crucial for Personal Knowledge Management! "Social filtering | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

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"The challenge [in Personal Knowledge management] is to find something that works for you and will last over time. This is probably the biggest hurdle in PKM." 

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To exercise more, seniors should sit less - Futurity

To exercise more, seniors should sit less - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Some older adults may struggle to get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't work at it.
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Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes

Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
College fund-raising offices are turning to a handful of start-ups to help identify prospective alumni donors through their social media activity.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tues Jan 27, 2015

US PSE institutions hire data mining firms to learn about potential donors on social media

An article in the New York Times addresses how some US PSE institutions are turning to data mining companies to gather information on potential donors using their activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. There are a growing number of startups in the US that use advanced data analytics tools to predict whether or not a graduate is likely to donate or volunteer on behalf of their former institution. Some companies also create customized, branded social-media sites for colleges that allow alumni to import profiles from other networks. Alumni connect with one another, while the platform passes information about their activities back to their alma maters. For some, these practices raise privacy concerns. “I do think there’s an ethical issue. It’s one thing to estimate someone’s wealth, but then to gauge how willing they are to give, you have to look deeply into a person’s life,” said Pam Dixon, Executive Director of the San Diego-based World Privacy Forum. “I’m not sure alumni would appreciate or want that—if they knew about it.” However, some fundraisers say that not using the tools could put them at a significant disadvantage against other institutions. 

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New Report on Mental Health Reveals Troubling Indicators for Canada’s College and University Students - CASA - ACAE

New Report on Mental Health Reveals Troubling Indicators for Canada’s College and University Students - CASA - ACAE | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is concerned with the state of mental health amongst Canada’s post-secondary students, stemming from a new report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)."

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tues Jan 27, 2015

CASA responds to report of self-harm among Canadian PSE students

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is responding to a new report on national mental health indicators by repeating earlier calls to increase mental health data and improve funding for mental health supports and services. The new report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is an early draft of a larger report due this spring, which will cover 63 indicators of the state of mental health in Canada across all ages and in different settings. The report will also examine the supports and services accessed by those with mental health issues. According to the data, in the last 12 months 6.6% of Canadian university and college students reported instances of self-harm. 80% of respondents reported that they had never engaged in self-harm, suggesting that 20% of college and university students had intentionally harmed themselves in the past. “Our organization is deeply concerned with the increase in mental health cases across Canadian campuses. Students are directly affected by mental illness, either through personal experiences or in the experiences of their peers,” said Travis Gordon, CASA Board Chair. CASA released a policy paper in 2014 that recommended federal involvement in a national student mental health policy. 

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator -- Campus Technology

Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator -- Campus Technology | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Amazon has launched a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP EDU, targeted at educators and authors of textbooks and other educational content.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Mon Jan 26, 2015

Amazon launches education-focused e-publishing platform

Amazon has launched KDP EDU, an extension of its Kindle Direct Publishing platform that is targeted specifically at educators and textbook authors. Amazon says that KDP EDU will allow authors to “easily prepare, publish, and promote e-textbooks and other education content for students to access on a broad range of devices.” Published textbooks can include features such as highlighting, a notebook, flashcards, and integration with a dictionary or Wikipedia. The platform offers creators royalties of up to 70%, and authors will be eligible to submit their work under other Amazon royalty programs. Authors reportedly retain the rights to the content that they publish. The platform seems to target authors wishing to convert and self-publish existing print versions of their books. 

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UN urges Burma to condemn monk who called envoy ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’

UN urges Burma to condemn monk who called envoy ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Language used by ultranationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu about visiting official was utterly unacceptable, UN says
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Planned flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi postponed again

Planned flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi postponed again | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Medical assessment shows Badawi – who received 50 lashings on 9 January – unfit to face punishment
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The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
For 12 years, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been a prisoner in Guantánamo. In 2005, he began to write his memoirs of his time in captivity. His handwritten 466-page manuscript is a harrowing account of his detention, interrogation, and abuse. Edited by Larry Siems, the Guantánamo Diary was finally released in...
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My period may hurt: but not talking about menstruation hurts more

My period may hurt: but not talking about menstruation hurts more | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Rose George: Menstrual taboo is bad enough for female athletes such as Heather Watson. For women around the world the damage can be much worse
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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.
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For-Profit College Investor Now Owns Controlling Share of Leading Education Trade Publication

For-Profit College Investor Now Owns Controlling Share of Leading Education Trade Publication | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
There has been no public announcement, but the Quad Partners website now lists Inside Higher Ed as one of its investments, among a range of education-related companies, including for-profit trade schools....

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thurs Jan 22, 2015

Investment firm with ties to US for-profit education sector buys Inside Higher Ed

US-based education trade publication Inside Higher Ed (IHE) has been purchased by Quad Partners, an equity firm that is heavily invested in the for-profit college industry. Quad Partners also owns college admissions management company Noel-Levitz. The purchase has raised questions about IHE’s ability to objectively cover issues related to the for-profit education sector. Quad Partners founder Lincoln Frank co-chaired the Coalition for Educational Success, a lobbying group that opposed President Barack Obama’s gainful employment rule and other oversight laws pertaining to for-profit colleges. Doug Lederman, an editor and co-founder of IHE, says that the purchase agreement includes a clause that should prevent Quad Partners from having any involvement in editorial operations. IHE has added an “Ownership Statement” to its website stating that “owners of Inside Higher Ed stock who are not editors play no role in the editorial policies of the company.” But Washington, DC-based education expert Barmak Nassirian described the purchase as “vexing ... The high margins and easy money activity that for-profit colleges represent should be the target—not the owner—of investigative journalism outfits,” he said. Huffington Post | Ownership Statement

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Those Who Can, Teach - Evaluating Teaching and Learning Strategies in ON Universities - OUSA.ca

Those Who Can, Teach - Evaluating Teaching and Learning Strategies in ON Universities -  OUSA.ca | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thurs Jan 22, 2015

OUSA recommends ON take steps to prioritize PSE teaching quality
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance has released a new submission to the provincial government urging Ontario to prioritize teaching quality in PSE. In Those Who Can, Teach: Evaluating Teaching and Learning Strategies in Ontario’s Universities, OUSA calls for strategies to help faculty develop stronger teaching skills, including stronger encouragement for scholarship of teaching and learning; the conversion of contract appointments into tenure-track, teaching-focused positions; the integration of existing practices with new technologies and teaching materials; and the use of learning outcomes, evaluations, and performance measures for students, faculty, and universities. Among OUSA's specific recommendations are the allocation of funding to improve instructional support centres and for mandatory education professional development for all instructors, including teaching assistants; the reduction of the compensation gap between tenured and non-tenured faculty through limitations on post-retirement teaching contracts and compensation ceilings;improvements to student evaluations of teaching; and a greater emphasis on teaching in hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. OUSA News Release | Full Report
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Disciplines That Expect ‘Brilliance’ Tend to Punish Women, Study Finds

Disciplines That Expect ‘Brilliance’ Tend to Punish Women, Study Finds | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Many practitioners in subjects like philosophy and physics feel their work requires "a special aptitude." That perception could be deepening gender gaps in those fields.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten 19 January 2015

Study finds women underrepresented in disciplines that privilege innate brilliance
The journal Science has published a study that offers a new take on the persistence of gender gaps in academia. Princeton University researchers asked faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students whether they felt hard work was sufficient to move forward in their field, or if innate talent or “brilliance” was necessary. According to survey results, those fields in which women were more likely to be underrepresented were those where the prevailing attitude was that brilliance was required. Brilliance was most often cited as a necessary characteristic in fields including philosophy, mathematics, and physics, all of which have student bodies that are predominantly male. However, fields in which the student body is mostly female, including education, psychology, and molecular biology, tended to put less of an emphasis on brilliance. The researchers, led by philosophy professor Sarah-Jane Leslie, suggested that some combination of bias among the discipline’s practitioners and self-selection into a given field may be at play. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed | Full Study

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College Presidents Get Their Own Guide to Social Media

College Presidents Get Their Own Guide to Social Media | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new book shows how leaders using Twitter and Facebook can bring attention to their institutions—for better or worse.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten 8 January 2015

PSE presidents have new book to guide their social media use
For PSE presidents looking to social media as a way of connecting with students and communities, a new book can help both experienced and new users navigate the difficult terrain of social media. #FollowtheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success From #HigherEd CEOs, by Seneca College’s Daniel A Zaiontz, draws on interviews with 22 US and Canadian university and college presidents and offers case studies, an overview of benefits and dangers, and best practices for strategic use of social media. Zaiontz suggests that presidents explore the social media platform they are interested in to make sure it best fits them, and further encourages presidents to allow their own voice to be reflected in posts. He does, however, caution presidents to be careful with what they say, and to always consider the varied audience and the outcomes if a post were to go viral. Zaiontz also notes that presidents should plan out their use of social media strategically, assessing what they want to achieve and how social media can help. The Chronicle of Higher Education

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16 Habits of Mind Essential for 21st Century Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

16 Habits of Mind Essential for 21st Century Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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McGill Bookstore or Bookstores? Relocation could mean big changes : McGill Reporter

McGill Bookstore or Bookstores? Relocation could mean big changes : McGill Reporter | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tues Jan 27, 2015

McGill considering its options for future of campus bookstore

As McGill University contemplates moving its bookstore in 2016 to make room for the institution’s Desautels Faculty of Management, some are wondering whether the campus community would be better served by multiple, smaller outlets or even pop-up stores. At a recent town hall meeting, retail consultant Bianca Barducci said that changes in the retail landscape mean that McGill must consider alternative approaches to reaching customers. “Nowadays, a retailer cannot have a brick-and-mortar store and just hope people will come to it,” she said. Participants in the meeting also discussed factors including the increasing costs of textbooks and the need to diversify the range of merchandise being sold at the bookstore. Colleen Cook, Trenholme Dean of Libraries at McGill, said, “you cannot build this business model on textbooks and coursepacks. The electronic versions of these materials are a lot less expensive for students.” Increased sales of souvenirs and branded merchandise were suggested as one way to offset falling textbook sales.

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Complainant in 'unprecedented' Walter Lewin sexual harassment case comes forward @insidehighered

Complainant in 'unprecedented' Walter Lewin sexual harassment case comes forward @insidehighered | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Mon Jan 26, 2015

MIT MOOC at centre of "unprecedented" sexual harassment case

MIT has confirmed that a number of women participating in a massive open online course (MOOC) were subject to sexual harassment by professor Walter H G Lewin, a noted physicist. One student said that the harassment “started day one.” Lewin, she said, contacted her via a Facebook group for the course, and pressured her to send him naked pictures of herself and to participate in sexual role-playing. Experts on online harassment have described the case as “unprecedented.” Questions remain about MIT’s liability for not protecting the victims, as it is unclear whether students’ participation in the MOOC constituted enrolment at the university. Many legal experts say that US Title IX legislation should apply in the case, but that the matter may depend on whether or not MIT was aware of the harassment and failed to act. As an additional wrinkle to the case, students in the course who were not aware of the details of the case were upset regarding the decision to remove the contents of the course from the delivery platform. MIT has attempted to remove all traces of the course from the Internet; however, it has been unable to completely do so. Inside Higher Ed | MIT News Release

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In wake of Amanda Lang controversy, CBC bans on-air journalists from making paid appearances

In wake of Amanda Lang controversy, CBC bans on-air journalists from making paid appearances | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is banning all outside paid appearances by its on-air journalists, following almost a year of controversy over allegations of potential conflicts-of-interest.

In a memo issued Thursday afternoon, the heads of news for the broadcaster’s separate English and French-language services, told staff: “Given that paid appearances can create an adverse impact on the Corporation, CBC/Radio-Canada will no longer approve paid appearances by its on-air journalistic employees. In order to further our commitment to transparency, we will continue to disclose all appearances on our websites.”
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Rewinding the Battle of Algiers in the Shadow of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo

Rewinding the Battle of Algiers in the Shadow of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In the classic 1966 film Battle of Algiers, Ali, a young, illiterate, unemployed bricklayer and draft dodger is arrested in Algiers for petty street crimes
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What kind of country keeps out grieving relatives because they are poor?

What kind of country keeps out grieving relatives because they are poor? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Diane Taylor: The UK’s refusal to give Andrea Gada’s Zimbabwean grandparents visas for her funeral is a worrying sign about our society’s priorities
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Bridging the ADHD Gap

Bridging the ADHD Gap | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
To create education equity for children with ADHD, make the learning child-centered, differentiate, integrate movement and mindfulness, create supportive learning environments, and document the process.
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Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand -

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand - | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand by TeachThought Staff Whole Child Learning is a thing; Whole Teaching should be a thing too, no? Here at TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s usergeneratededucation is at the top...
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Personalized Learning Vs Traditional Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Personalized Learning Vs Traditional Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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Apprenticeship in International Perspective: Points of Contrast with Ontario - HEQCO Report

Apprenticeship in International Perspective: Points of Contrast with Ontario - HEQCO Report | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thurs Jan 22, 2015

HEQCO compares apprenticeship systems

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released a new report offering an international perspective on apprenticeships. Researchers examined apprenticeship systems in 7 countries, finding that in most cases, federal governments are more involved than they are in Ontario. The report notes that while in Canada apprenticeships are usually confined to the trades, other countries offer a much broader range of options with apprenticeships in areas such as information technology, finance, digital media, and business administration. Moreover, researchers found that apprentices in North America are typically older than in Europe and that North American programs are distinctive in that participants are mostly adults. The report says that policymakers should pay attention to the examples of Australia and England, which have undergone significant changes and expansion in their apprenticeship programs in recent years. HEQCO Summary | Full Report

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Study Questions Whether Full-Time Enrollment Is Best for Everyone – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Study Questions Whether Full-Time Enrollment Is Best for Everyone – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thurs Jan 22, 2015

Study suggests full-time enrolment may not be best for all students

A new study out of the US has found that full-time PSE enrolment may not be the best approach to PSE for all students. The study examined the persistence of non-first-time students pursuing associate degrees, finding that they are more likely to attain their credential with a combination of full- and part-time enrolment. Researchers suggest that a combination of full- and part-time schedules allows returning students to adjust to changes in their circumstances as they strive to balance their education with other commitments. The results varied between different states and institutions, even among those serving similar populations. The authors of the study say that more research is required, but added that their results call into question the efficacy of mandatory “15 credit per semester” policies employed at some community colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report

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Don Cayo - Canada needs to teach immigrants better language skills; but accent, race are also barriers

Don Cayo - Canada needs to teach immigrants better language skills; but accent, race are also barriers | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"For the past decade or two, immigrants to Canada have been better educated than at any time in our history. Yet, these newcomers still tend to get stuck with lesser jobs and smaller paycheques, in some cases quite a lot smaller, than their Canadian-born neighbours. This doesn’t make much sense in a country with a rapidly aging workforce and in an era when technology and the practice of offshoring have combined to reduce demand for menial workers and place a premium on higher skills."

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten 20 January 2015

Language skills prevent skilled immigrants from realizing economic potential
In a piece for the Vancouver Sun, columnist Don Cayo calls on Canada to do more to help immigrants develop their English and French language skills. Cayo says that while many immigrants to Canada are highly educated, they must often settle for lesser jobs and smaller paycheques because of difficulty communicating in one or both of the country’s official languages. Cayo cites research from scholars at the University of Waterloo and Princeton University that suggests that “linguistic proximity”—the degree of similarity between an immigrant’s mother tongue and one or both of Canada’s official languages—bears a relationship to an individual’s ability to get a better job in Canada. Language difficulties, Cayo says, prevent immigrants from reaching their professional and economic potential in Canada, and inhibit them from contributing to the broader economy. Cayo goes on to suggest that improving language skills is essential in the face of a looming shortage of skilled, articulate, and well-educated workers. Vancouver Sun
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English and French language skills may be a factor preventing some immigrants from obtaining jobs commensurate with their education and experience. But let's not delude ourselves. Accents sometimes matter as much as language skills and fluency, as do race and ethnicity. Fluent speakers with non-status accents also face insurmountable barriers. 

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