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HarvardX and edX online learning update | Harvard Magazine

HarvardX and edX online learning update | Harvard Magazine | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
Evolving perspectives on where and how edX and HarvardX courses work—and don't
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interesting report of the current state of affairs for MOOCs

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How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now

How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
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 8:23 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 1:10 AM
sounds unfortunately true...
Pedro Tavares's curator insight, September 13, 2013 5:59 AM

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Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time

Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated. However, far from simply generating faster versions of existing behaviour, we show that this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time. Analyzing millisecond-scale data for the world's largest and most powerful techno-social system, the global financial market, we uncover an abrupt transition to a new all-machine phase characterized by large numbers of subsecond extreme events. The proliferation of these subsecond events shows an intriguing correlation with the onset of the system-wide financial collapse in 2008. Our findings are consistent with an emerging ecology of competitive machines featuring ‘crowds’ of predatory algorithms, and highlight the need for a new scientific theory of subsecond financial phenomena.

 

Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time
Neil Johnson Guannan Zhao Eric Hunsader Hong Qi Nicholas Johnson Jing Meng Brian Tivnan

Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2627 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep02627


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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:26 PM

This is proof that speed and complexity will syncronize creating patterns. This was proven earlier by a simple on/off experiment with lights. simple rules create complex patterns - you don't need conscious intervention. The impact of these patterns, however are sourced by life......

 

Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, September 23, 2013 5:20 AM

here we are... at the dawn of a human-machine competition?

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MIT announces two MOOC sequences as edX strategy begins to take shape | Inside Higher Ed

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The Gamification Guide for Teachers

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Would you like to gamify your classroom? People love to play. Whether your students are in kindergarten or college, adding fun to classroom learning by playing games is a positive and effective way to engage students.

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Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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IBM delivers a unified health information platform | Scoop News

IBM delivers a unified health information platform | Scoop News | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has implemented a new software platform for the New Zealand Ministry of Health to support the personalised health records for all patients throughout New Zealand.
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The-3-Click-Dilemma: are library databases nearing the tipping point of obsolescence? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The-3-Click-Dilemma: are library databases nearing the tipping point of obsolescence? - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, September 8, 2013 4:14 AM

same problem in lfe sciences and medicine!

too many informations are killing knowledge digestion

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Apple Revamps and Expands its Education Page Ahead of iOS 7 Launch

Apple Revamps and Expands its Education Page Ahead of iOS 7 Launch | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
Apple has launched (via The Loop) a newly redesigned "Apple and Education" page on its website, with a simplified design and re-imagined...
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Business Model for Education Venture Calls for 'Empowering Adjuncts' - Bottom Line - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Moody's Report Forecasts a Gloomy Future for Public Universities - Bottom Line - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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MOOCs May Not Be So Disruptive After All

MOOCs May Not Be So Disruptive After All | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
The popular courses are here to stay, but barriers to the kind of unfettered online education that some once envisioned have proved quite high.
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Obama Proposals for Colleges Highlight Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Harvard is: Leading in Learning | Stories | Harvard Alumni

Harvard is: Leading in Learning | Stories | Harvard Alumni | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, cradled a book of psalms in the First Church in Cambridge as she led a group of undergraduates in song.
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How to Record Your Desktop to a File or Stream It Over the Internet with VLC

How to Record Your Desktop to a File or Stream It Over the Internet with VLC | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
VLC is full of powerful features, including the ability to record your desktop. VLC is great for quick captures, although it doesn’t necessarily have the more advanced features of a dedicated screencasting application.
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MIT Will Offer MOOC Curricula, Not Just Single Courses, on edX - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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The Rise of MOOCs

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How some elite universities ended up with millions of students.
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Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze

Create Amazing Interactive Presentations From Your Browser With Emaze | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
Browser based presentation platforms are quickly gaining ground as HTML5 has made it possible to create robust presentations online without the need for applications like PowerPoint or Keynote.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 3, 7:39 AM

Looks relaly cool - will have use for this combined with other apps to generate presentations. 

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10 Specific Examples Of Emerging Educational Technologies

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edX Lessons | MIT Technology Review

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Analysis of 6.002x sheds light on how students learn online.
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Higher Education Customer Showcase - Digital Publishing Suite & Education on Adobe TV

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See how colleges and universities are using digital publishing to engage students, alumni, sports fans and their entire campus communities.
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How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business: Scientific American

How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business: Scientific American | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
Schools and universities are embracing technology that tailors content to students' abilities and takes teachers out of the lecturing business. But is it an improvement?
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IBM and Universities Team Up to Close a 'Big Data' Skills Gap

IBM and Universities Team Up to Close a 'Big Data' Skills Gap | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it
The institutions will design courses to train students to grapple with the floods of data now available in business, science, and other fields.
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Get Used to Sharing Digital Content, Says U. of Texas at Austin President - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For | e-learning technologies | Scoop.it

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can export your work in PDF or PPT as well.


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:44 PM

Looks like a very functional app that will enable rapid production of slide decks. Cost is $3 per month. I think I'd rather buy it than rent it.

Payman Taei's comment, August 27, 2013 7:49 PM
You need to take a close look at EWC #Presenter ; changing the presentation scene http://www.ewcPresenter.com
dianataylor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 6:39 PM

Web-based presentation tool that you can develop on the fly (evernote style) and have multiple contributors - however there is a subscription fee after two presentations. HTML5 back end

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