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Cambridge postdocs should be given 'stronger identity' - Times Higher Education

Cambridge postdocs should be given 'stronger identity' - Times Higher Education | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Times Higher Education Cambridge postdocs should be given 'stronger identity' Times Higher Education Postdoctoral researchers need a “much stronger identity” in the academy, according to the man charged with boosting the visibility of this often...
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Libraries Offer Prepaid Visa Debit Cards to Patrons - NerdWallet (blog)

Libraries Offer Prepaid Visa Debit Cards to Patrons - NerdWallet (blog) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Public libraries in three states offer plastic that doubles as a library and a prepaid debit card, to raise money and provide a financial service to patrons
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Information Literacy: A Brief Approach of Education In The Information Society

Authors: Héctor Javier García Llorente and María José Rodríguez Conde. Credits: Conference Chair Francisco José García-Peñalvo (USAL, Spain) Steering Committee Francisco José García-Pe...
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Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?

Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.
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Experts call for gender-sensitive strategies ahead of post-2015 development negotiations

Addis Ababa, 17 November 2014 (ECA) - As Africa gears up for the post-2015 development negotiations participants attending the experts segment of the 9th Regional Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +20) which started...
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Many popular teaching practices are ineffective, warns new Sutton Trust report

Lavish praise for students is among seven popular teaching practices not supported by evidence, according to a new Sutton Trust report which reviews over 200 pieces of research on how to develop great teachers.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 14, 5:18 AM

Some interesting results here

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Time for a wake up call! I will refrain from saying I told you so.

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Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet - Treehugger

Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet - Treehugger | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
It's so much more than books.
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Reputation and impact in academic careers

Reputation and impact in academic careers | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Over a scientist’s career, a reputation is developed, a standing within a research community, based largely upon the quantity and quality of his/her publications. Here, we develop a framework for quantifying the influence author reputation has on a publication’s future impact. We find author reputation plays a key role in driving a paper’s citation count early in its citation life cycle, before a tipping point, after which reputation has much less influence relative to the paper’s citation count. In science, perceived quality, and decisions made based on those perceptions, is increasingly linked to citation counts. Shedding light on the complex mechanisms driving these quantitative measures facilitates not only better evaluation of scientific outputs but also a more transparent evaluation of the scientists producing them.

 

Reputation and impact in academic careers
Alexander Michael Petersen, Santo Fortunato, Raj K. Pan, Kimmo Kaski, Orion Penner, Armando Rungi, Massimo Riccaboni, H. Eugene Stanley, and Fabio Pammolli

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1323111111


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Master of Science in Library & Information Science

Simmons SLIS is ranked in the Top 10 for Library and Information Studies programs. In specialty areas they are ranked #1 in Archives, #3 in Services for Chil...
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French journalism school executive accused of plagiarism - The Guardian

French journalism school executive accused of plagiarism - The Guardian | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Agnès Chauveau suspended as executive director at prestigious Sciences Po school after alleged use of other journalists’ work
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From universities to big Soviet-era enterprises, VCs eye Ukrainian space startups - VentureBeat

VentureBeat From universities to big Soviet-era enterprises, VCs eye Ukrainian space startups VentureBeat The Ukrainian eFarmer project, which gives farmers access to maps of fields, is a resident at the startup incubator of the European Space...
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Intellectuals call for support for African universities - Africa News Addict

Intellectuals call for support for African universities - Africa News Addict | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Members of the academia have appealed to African governments to support universities on the continent to churn out graduates who can create jobs for themselves, other than depending on governments and others for employment...
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Archeological site discovered during building boom, uncovers secret to the ... - Irish Times

Archeological site discovered during building boom, uncovers secret to the ... - Irish Times | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Irish archaeological sites explain huge European population fall
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Tanzanian Government complicit in elephant poaching?

Tanzanian Government complicit in elephant poaching? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
"The current situation for Tanzania's elephant population is dire in the extreme." So begins a new report, "Vanishing Point - Criminality, Corruption and the De
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Ghana needs independent funding body for Science - GhanaWeb

Ghana needs independent funding body for Science - GhanaWeb | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
GhanaWeb Ghana needs independent funding body for Science GhanaWeb Professor Francis Allotey, President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), has advocated the establishment of an independent funding agency for Science, Technology and...
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Models of Science as Patterns for Econ. Development/Technology Transfer

Economists believe that the main driver of global income inequality is not capital or education, but technology. Most often, technology is described as a set...
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Research in Germany - Research Performing Organisations

Research in Germany - Research Performing Organisations | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Find out about Germany's forms of research locations: universities, universities of applied sciences, non-university institutes, companies and Federal as well as Länder Institutions.
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Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn - Computers & Education

Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.


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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, November 19, 8:37 AM
More of this kind of research is needed, although this article seems to follow the prevalent kind of thinking that groups different kind of learning activities which have chosen the #MOOC format into one genre, as if there was a genuine type. This does not appear to hold up to scrutiny. The finding that these MOOC formatted courses do not largely comply with the "instructional design principles" of e-learning but do excel in "organisation and presentation" instead, once combined with the fact that millions of learners flock to these very MOOC but could care less about conventional e-learning formats, leads one to reflect on the usefulness of said principles as analytical/evaluation tools and their scope as indicators of learning outcomes.
Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn, Instructional quality of Massive Open Inline Courses (MOOCs), Computers & Education, Volume 80, January 2015, Pages 77-83, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005.(via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X)Keywords: Massive Online Open Courses; Distributed learning environments; Evaluation methodologies; Lifelong learning; Pedagogical issues
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Estudio sobre 76 MOOCs: materiales bien construidos pero diseño instruccionar pobre.

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Back to basic formation design. We learn by doing
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Open University: Online Learning Must Be Collaborative, Social

Open University: Online Learning Must Be Collaborative, Social | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The future of online education must include more social, collaborative contact among students and professors, suggests an Open University report.

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, November 19, 9:10 AM

It is tough to do well.

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Interesting implications...

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Partnership brings scientific research and business together - FIS

Partnership brings scientific research and business together - FIS | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
FIS Partnership brings scientific research and business together FIS “Students getting practical experience in a business setting and businesses gaining access to valuable research and development services are the sustainable benefits of this...
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Library | World Library of Science

Library | World Library of Science | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
World Library Of Science is an open online teaching/learning portal combining high quality educational articles authored by editors at NPG with technology-based community features to fuel a global exchange of scientific insights, teaching...
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.

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10 Best Plagiarism Checker Online | Recursos On...

10 Best Plagiarism Checker Online | Recursos On... | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a problem for publisher, writers, and webmasters. Some of the best plagiarism checker online that can help you identifying copied content.
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Citation Analysis: Most Prolific U.S. Institutions in Information Science & Library Science, 2009-2013 | LJ INFOdocket

Citation Analysis: Most Prolific U.S. Institutions in Information Science & Library Science, 2009-2013 | LJ INFOdocket | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A new Science Watch Science Byte utilizing data from ThomsonReuters InCites (a subset of Web of Science) provides a list of the Top 5 most prolific institutions based on the each university’s percentage of the 16,205 papers published in the Library...
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Intellectuals call for support for African universities - Ghana

Members of the academia have appealed to African governments to support universities on the continent to churn out graduates who can create jobs for themse
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Petition: End Poaching of African Elephants!

Petition: End Poaching of African Elephants! | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Sign this petition to help save the African Elephants. They are currently Vulnerable. They are shot down... (82 signatures on petition)
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