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How our culture is co-evolving with the algorithmic medium and the education is following this process
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Hackathons as a New Pedagogy

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The hackathon, a hands-on, solution-based development model with similarities to PBL, inquiry-based learning, STEAM, and design thinking, could become the ideal 21st-century learning opportunity.

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Maruja Romero's curator insight, July 22, 2015 11:57 AM

excelente trabajo para aprender esta nueva pedagogía de hace y resolver

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UnCollege - Hacking Your Education

UnCollege - Hacking Your Education | Education and Cultural Change | Scoop.it
UnCollege is a social movement changing the notion that going to college is the only path to success.
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I liked the idea that "College lacks academic rigor" ;-)

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How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now

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You can form a cartel. Or you can ignore it all together.

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If you want to understand the modern academy, it wouldn’t hurt to start at “impact factor.”

Every year, the company Thomson Reuters assigns every academic journal an “impact factor.” Impact factors measure, roughly, how often papers published in one journal are cited by other journals. It is an ecological measurement, in other words. You’d recognize the names of journals with the highest impact factors — Nature, Science, etc. — but the world of scholarly journals is enormous, and there’s crowding at the bottom.

Two stories today illustrate the problems with impact factors, and the difficulty of measuring knowledge through any metric.

First, Nature News revealed that a Brazilian citation cartel had been outed by Thomson Reuters. That’s right: a citation cartel.

The Brazilian government measures graduate schools based on the impact factor of the journals that those schools’ students publish in. Brazilian journals, many of which are newer, have low impact factors, so Brazilian graduate students often publish in journals abroad. This makes them and their graduate program look better, but it means the commercial benefit of Brazilian scholarship flows, in part, to non-Brazilian companies.

So editors at a set of Brazilian journals began linking to each others’ journals... a lot. The flurry of cross-citation made every journal appear more influential, and succeeded in raising the journals’ impact factor in 2011. For a moment, the scheme worked.

Until it didn’t.


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Karen Pearlman's comment, September 7, 2013 11:23 PM
The implication here is that applying economic rationalization to research culture seems to lead directly to a) corruption; b)meaningless research activity; c) strife filled worlds for academic researchers whereby value is measured against criteria external to the research concerns; and d) probably lower standards of teaching since this research outputs have more "value" for academic's careers.
Christos Nikolaou's comment, September 8, 2013 4:10 AM
sounds unfortunately true...
Pedro Tavares's curator insight, September 13, 2013 8:59 AM

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