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How the Arab Spring Could Affect Higher Education

How the Arab Spring Could Affect Higher Education | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring movement officially began on December 18, 2010, when Mohamed Bouzazi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself ablaze to protest harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by local authorities.
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Six Steps for Successful Change Management

Six Steps for Successful Change Management | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Learn the 6 steps for effective change management. Consulting with your constituent before implementing any major change is one.

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Leaders Of The Future Need To Be Courageous And Authentic Storytellers

Leaders Of The Future Need To Be Courageous And Authentic Storytellers | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
It is often said of business school academics that they are adept at describing – through their case studies and the articles and books they write – business as it is – or was – at a certain time. The problem, of course, is that their audiences have to contend [...]

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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

 

35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

 

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.


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WHO | Global status report on alcohol and health 2014

WHO | Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States. It represents a continuing effort by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support Member States in collecting information in order to assist them in their efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, and its health and social consequences. The report was launched in Geneva on Monday 12 May 2014 during the second meeting of the global network of WHO national counterparts for implementation of the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol


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NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: 'You Must Share Data' - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: 'You Must Share Data' - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: 'You Must Share Data' Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) Scientists who use government money to conduct genomic research will now be required to quickly share the data they gather under a policy announced on...
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Why and how Westerners go to fight in Syria and Iraq
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They were just two out of hundreds of Muslims from Europe, setting off to Syria to join the battle. That was two years ago.
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PHD Comics: Why Academics Really Use Twitter

PHD Comics: Why Academics Really Use Twitter | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Link to Piled Higher and Deeper

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 22, 8:59 AM

Want a laugh? 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 23, 12:35 AM

Insider's jokes even the outsiders can laugh at. 

gwynethjones's curator insight, August 23, 10:18 AM

Hilarious!

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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

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Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan


We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.


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Research and Global Open Access Initiatives

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 3:48 PM

Open Education = Open Research?  Research behind the paywall vs research delivered by keyword search on Google or Bing?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 10:50 PM

Sharing our research is important, but forgoing vigor in publishing could be problematic. For example, what makes an open source published article strong? There is a a need to explore something different that allows publication, openness, and vigor.

 

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Engage your students with #MysterySkype

Engage your students with #MysterySkype | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

It's suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 14, 10:04 AM

Here's an online learning activity that will engage and energize your students. It would be a great back to school project. Skype in the Classroom will help you connect with other tech using teachers for a game based exchanged.


National and international connections are waiting to be made.


Jump in and have some fun.



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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Greg Russak's curator insight, August 26, 12:56 PM

Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 10:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 12:37 PM

Unit 1

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 28, 12:57 AM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime - Changing the way you learn | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with ExamTime

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 18, 7:51 AM

With mind maps, flashcards, quizzes and notes, this looks like an interesting tool to use. 

Cindy Kroeker's curator insight, August 20, 10:23 AM

Beautiful mind maps.

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Teaching machines to read between the lines (and a new corpus with entity salience annotations)

Teaching machines to read between the lines (and a new corpus with entity salience annotations) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers?

Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Teacher Andrew Jones explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how they suit different professional development needs

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5 Ways To Engage With Adult Students - The Learning Station

5 Ways To Engage With Adult Students - The Learning Station | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
With the number of adult students growing, many training centres and educators have now realised that adult learners are fundamentally different than their younger counterparts in many ways. Thus, training methods must reflect the differences. With this being the case, how can teachers & tutors better accommodate and encourage adult student success in a classroom …

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10 Tips to Preventing PowerPoint Pitfalls

10 Tips to Preventing PowerPoint Pitfalls | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Preventing and dealing with presentation challenges with PowerPoint and other visual tools, and how to recover from disasters.

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EDU 626 Week 2 Discussion Question 2 Managing Literature Sources

EDU 626 Week 2 Discussion Question 2 Managing Literature Sources | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Managing Literature Sources. Explore online resources such as WebNotes and Zotero. What services do they offer? What are the benefits of each? What are the pitfalls? In addition, create an account using the RefWorks tool located on the Ashford Library website. Become familiar with all of the... http://www.uopguide.com/download/edu-626-week-2-dq-2-managing-literature-sources/
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Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola - Here And Now

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Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola
Here And Now
With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa. Dr.
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Lynda.com Online Training part of the package for UW-Stout Online Students

Lynda.com Online Training part of the package for UW-Stout Online Students | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Lynda.com is a constantly growing library of more than 2,000 self-paced online courses. This diverse catalog includes software training, programming lessons and even “concept” tutorials on topics such as design and photography.


Since Lynda.com is now integrated with your UW-Stout account, it can recognize you, maintain a learning transcript and make certificates available for your professional purposes.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 26, 11:02 AM

Online students (and teachers) go to school 'in a computer'. Gaining technology skills is part of the double loop effect of online classes. You learn the curriculum and you begin to master the communications technology that allows you to be present with your students.


We don't expect the graduate students in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate to be technical wizards. We do encourage independent learning and the confident attitude that "I can learn this."  


One service we provide to students is 27/7 access to the superb video based online self-paced courses provided by Lynda.com.  This is available to all UW-Stout students who currently have an email account.  You DO NOT have to be registered in a class this semester to access Lynda.com.


Our online classes begin mid September. Now is a good time to brush up on your software skills! 

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Managing Your Digital Classroom with Wearable Technology (EdSurge News)

Managing Your Digital Classroom with Wearable Technology (EdSurge News) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

On a typical day, there are three stations in my classroom: a teacher station where I conduct small group instruction, a collaborative station where students work cooperatively to complete a task, and a work station where students work independently to complete asynchronous tasks. With three distinct groups working simultaneously, one might wonder how a can teacher respond to each and every student misunderstanding.

My answer: the Pebble.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 21, 12:35 AM

The Pebble has a sort of retro-nerd look that you'll either love or hate.  This clever blog will help any teacher on the move in a 1 to 1 classroom. Now what else can we use it for?

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Using Moodle for Corporate Training - Super Moodle

Using Moodle for Corporate Training - Super Moodle | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Is it really worth all the effort, to implement using Moodle for corporate training? Moodle is one of the top LMS designs out there, stealing the top of LMS lists dependably enough. It's a good system, with a lot of rich features, extended integration, and its open source nature means that its features are clinically limitless.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 16, 12:42 AM

There are hundreds of LMS aimed at the corporate market.  None of them have the user community that sustains Moodle as an international favorite. 

Jose Pietri's curator insight, August 25, 10:43 AM

Consider by 7 SEP 2014.

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Edulastic Research Academy: Uncommon Knowledge about Common Core?

Edulastic Research Academy: Uncommon Knowledge about Common Core? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The Academy is a one-stop research hub with educational resources, news, analysis, and teaching tips. We’re on a mission to accelerate student learning and help educators with their professional development. Learn the best strategies and tools for crafting personalized formative assessments and meeting the Common Core implementation challenges ahead.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 11, 12:28 PM

"There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear" ~Buffalo Springfield

Edulastic proposes to help you gain "...an uncommon understanding of Common Core".  Knowledge and the critical thinking ability to apply that knowledge is power. Since your teaching life is impacted by CC, it's time to dig in and understand more about what's going on. 

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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

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If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 2:43 PM

This interactive is a series of related articles, each designed to tackle popular narratives that have been constructed to explain ISIS; there are bits of truths in these myths, but they fail to fully contextualize the reality on the ground.  These nine myths are:

  1. ISIS is crazy and irrational
  2. People support ISIS because they like its radical form of Islam
  3. ISIS is part of al-Qaeda
  4. ISIS is a Syrian rebel group
  5. ISIS is only strong because of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki
  6. ISIS is afraid of female soldiers
  7. The US can destroy ISIS
  8. ISIS will self-destruct on its own
  9. ISIS is invincible

 

Tags: SyriaIraq, MiddleEast, conflict, political, geopolitics.


Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 12:36 PM

Units 3 & 4

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10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly ide

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Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
ExamTime's comment, August 18, 4:35 AM
Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
Jennifer Lowton's curator insight, August 24, 7:49 AM

Nice list from Ana Cristina Pratas. I'll have to try Hemingway Editor, Zooburst and GIFBoom soon. 

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Group Brainstorming Tools - GroupMap

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GroupMap's easy and effective online group brainstorming tools with visual templates puts your ideas against everyone's ideas on one single unique platform.

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Wanda Hill's curator insight, August 26, 4:07 PM

Looks like great a great classroom tool...and great for TPEP.

 

Amanda O'Connell's curator insight, August 26, 6:03 PM

Very useful for planning and writing activities

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 7:33 PM

The free version only allows public mindmaps/brainstorms, so if you are in a school setting and don't want student work to be shared, this might not be the right tool. The professional version that allows you to make the maps private is a steep $49 a month.