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Freedom Declining Worldwide Despite Democratization

Freedom Declining Worldwide Despite Democratization | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Freedom in the world has declined in recent years despite a sweeping wave of democratization in the last few decades, according to a new report. 

Freedom House found in its annual “Freedom in the World” report that global freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2013 after rising steadily in the 1980s and 90s. The pro-democracy group said 54 countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties last year, while 40 made gains.


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7 scientifically proven ways to capture someone’s attention

7 scientifically proven ways to capture someone’s attention | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Whether it’s pitching your startup to an investor or trying to impress your boss, you likely spend much of your life vying for someone’s attention.


The good news is that there is plenty of research on how the human brain perceives information and directs its focus.


Author and investor Ben Parr went through this research and conducted interviews with experts in the field to isolate seven of what he calls “captivation triggers,” which he explores in his book “Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention.” We’ve summarized the seven triggers you can use to grab anyone’s attention....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 1, 9:52 AM

Richard Feloni outlines the 7 triggers you can use to grab anyone's attention.

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Google: More Searches on Mobile than on Desktop - SEMrush

Google: More Searches on Mobile than on Desktop - SEMrush | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

According to Google executive Jerry Dischler, searches via mobile devices now outnumber those on desktops and laptops in 10 countries. Those 10 countries include the US and Japan, though Dischler declined to name the other eight. There is nothing surprising about this as the demise of desktop search has been predicted for years.

 

Google’s Response to the Rise of Mobile Search

 

Mobile devices have smaller screens, which provide advertisers with less room for keyword-based ads. People who are searching on mobile devices are also usually on the go, which means that they often do not have a lot of time to spend searching for the things that they need. The result is that many of Google’s latest innovations have to do with speeding up the search experience.

 

In addition to this, users are spending more time in apps than they are in search engines; this is another reason why Google wants to provide them with faster answers to their mobile searches. According to Google’s Blog, consumers have higher expectations than ever and they want everything right and “right away.” The result is that marketers have to answer their needs immediately no matter where they are....


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Google’s latest changes to its AdWords system offers users information on items they are considering rather than links.

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Is There Room for Case Studies in Development Practice?

Is There Room for Case Studies in Development Practice? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Amid the current much-needed revolution in (quantitative) evidence-driven development practice, is there room for case studies? Michael Woolcock at the Bank says yes: The frequency and sophisticati...
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Animated map shows how Indo-European languages may have evolved - YouTube

The origin of Indo-European languages has long been a topic of debate among scholars and scientists. In 2012, a team of evolutionary biologists at the Univer...
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The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic

The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Digital access, commerce, communication, literacy and etiquette… What do these words have in common? Well, for starters, they are all components of digital citizenship. In fact, these concepts---an...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 4, 10:40 AM

Nice image to use not only during your digital citizenship lessons but as a poster for computer areas in the school.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 5, 9:48 AM

My pick for Infographic of the Week. ;)

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Teaching Information Literacy Skills

Teaching Information Literacy Skills | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
DefinitionLet's start with a clear understanding of what "information literacy" means. Most definitions center on the basic communication competencies of accessing, analyzing, evaluating and communicating information.
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e-Jobs: Virtual Academic Writing Coach/Developmental Editor

e-Jobs: Virtual Academic Writing Coach/Developmental Editor | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
QUALIFICATIONS
PhD in English, Communications or equivalent.
Demonstrated ability to write clear and compelling communications and utilize a variety of communication channels.
Experience teaching writing and/or scientific communication skills.
Advanced technology skills.
Proven writing and editing skills.
Experience working with faculty authors.
Experience with developmental and structural editing of academic manuscripts such as dissertations, books, journal articles, grant proposals, CVs and academic job portfolios.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Team player attitude.
Willingness to become certified as a professional coach.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 31, 2:49 PM

Keep in mind, if you have this skill set, you would be a strong candidate for online teaching jobs teaching research skills to Doctoral candidates -- Especially if you have previous online teaching experience. 


About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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4 questions to ask before launching a social media giveaway

4 questions to ask before launching a social media giveaway | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A social media giveaway can be a boon or a bust. Have the answers to these four questions at the outset so you don't waste your money.

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Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com's curator insight, May 28, 6:02 PM


I find giveaways a hit or a miss. Well, more of a miss than a hit, actually.


To me, the reason is simple: Brands big and small don't really have a plan. They are looking for a short-term solution for lack of likes, newsletter signups, comments, and sales.


Jim Belosic does a great job explaining what you need to do before you decide investing your time and money into giveaways. 


To me, question #1 (Does the prize have emotional appeal) is the most important. What do you think? 

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Transforming Teaching and Learning in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from Seven Countries

Transforming Teaching and Learning in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from Seven Countries | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

How are our teachers teaching in schools in the Asia-Pacific region? Do their pedagogical practices meet the needs of the 21st century? What is required to change teaching and learning? Through case studies on changing pedagogical landscapes in seven countries - Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Republic of Korea, and Viet Nam - this publication reflects on these questions and explores opportunities and challenges in transforming teaching and learning.


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Asia-Pacific / pedagogical challenges...

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa

Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities

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Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A neat visualization of the verbs associated with Bloom's Taxonomy.

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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology. There are several iPad apps that can provide writers with all kinds of prompts and incentives to write creatively.  Below is a sample of some of the best iPad apps to help you with writer's block. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions:

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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 29, 9:55 AM

Great ways to encourage student writing in all areas.

 

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Financial Literacy for Communication Professionals - Communication World

Financial Literacy for Communication Professionals - Communication World | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
In today’s increasingly competitive business landscape, an understanding of financial matters is an important life skill.
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