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Drivers of change. In Atlas of African agriculture research and development: Revealing agriculture's place in Africa | IFPRI Publication


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This section of the Atlas examines the influence of aridity on vegetation, the impact of climate change on length of growing period, maize yield potential, wheat stem rust vulnerability, and the benefits of trypanosomosis control in the Horn of Africa. 

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Research funding cuts impact university - Central Florida Future

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Research funding cuts impact university
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UCF saw a 12 percent drop in research funding in the 2012-2013 school year, receiving $113 million, compared with more than $128.9 million in the previous year.

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OAI8: An overview of scholarly impact metrics; But: Why measure it at all in cases where the scholarly community truly has decision-making power, autonomy?

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The interest in developing scholarly impact metrics is frequently justified by the need to objectively prioritize scarce resources and to better manage scholarly productivity. However, the study of scholarly communication in general, including scholarly impact metrics, has significant relevance to a number of other scientific domains such as computational social science, social network analysis, web science, and complex systems. In this presentation I will provide an overview of established scholarly impact metrics, grounding each in their respective scientific traditions and backgrounds. Changes in scholarly communication patterns, including the move to online environments and the increasing use of social media, have recently prompted a Cambrian explosion of new impact metrics derived from new data sources. These metrics may reflect previously unexplored facets of scholarly communication and impact, and may thus yield a more complete picture of scholarly communication. In my presentation I will provide an overview of these new metrics, and identify the opportunities as well as challenges that they present. 

 

3 innovations: 

 

A: Citation based social metrics:

Degree; In-degree/Out-degree

Random walk; PageRank/Eigenvector

Shortest path; Closeness/Betweenness

 

B: Behavioural: 

Scholarly community and communication is moving online.

Data pertaining to online activities (implicit, behavioral) vs. citation data (explicit declaration of influence)

 

C: AltMetrics:  Behavioral AND “attention” data

Social media attention, bookmarking, mentions. Attempt to also capture “social” attention or public impact of scholarly work  

 

 

Source:Metrics Session: An overview of scholarly impact metricsPresented by Mr. Johan BOLLEN on 19 Jun 2013 from 15:30 to 16:00Session: Plenary 2 

 

PDF: http://indico.cern.ch/getFile.py/access?contribId=3&sessionId=4&resId=1&materialId=slides&confId=211600

 

PPT: http://indico.cern.ch/getFile.py/access?contribId=3&sessionId=4&resId=0&materialId=slides&confId=211600

 


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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:47 AM

Conference presentation on many different impact measures in scientometrics. Lo and behold: old and (at least some) new measures correlate! Good for validity!

Only on the last slide comes the crucial question:  

'Why measure it at all in cases where the scholarly community truly has decision-making power, autonomy? Isn’t the latter a more desirable option than administrators, politicians, and bureaucrats making decisions on the basis of numbers they don’t understand?'

 

Mr. Bollen and all other scientists--including me--may like the former option, but:

1) Would the funding crowd understand the numbers better than politicians? No, of course not. So how would new measures gain legitimacy?

2) Higher education and science are too important for (knowledge) economies and societies to believe that politics will relinquish control, so would crowd funding ever gain enough mass (money) to become substantial?

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Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

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Having the opportunity to expand the horizon of my traditional EFL classroom has been just as exciting for me as for my students.


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Changes to EFL classroom

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 Teachers can create a willingness and excitement to learn by new technologies.

Lizbeth A. López Medina's curator insight, March 24, 8:42 PM

Good ideas to work on vocabulary.

Buenas ideas para trabajar en vocabulario. 

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The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities

The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

How do you build a world-class research university from scratch? In today's ever-faster, global economy, many countries are reflecting on the merits of building elite global universities to make their mark in world research. Recognizing that such universities are emerging as the central institutions of the 21st Century's knowledge economies, a new book 'The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities' examines the recent experience of 11 universities in 9 countries on 4 continents that have grappled with the challenges of building successful research institutions under difficult circumstances, and synthesizes the lessons learned. This book will be essential reading for governments, tertiary education leaders, employers, and citizens, considering reforms and innovations to improve their country's position in the global scene. The case studies presented suggest that a faster and more effective approach to achieve world-class university status is to establish a new institution. New universities can grow into high-quality research institutions within two or three decades when talent, resources, and governance are adequately aligned from the beginning.Outstanding research universities do not operate in a vacuum; they evolve from a tertiary education ecosystem which affects the performance of individual institutions. Fulltext is here: http://go.worldbank.org/9SJDQ5U020


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Digital Literacy Fundamentals | MediaSmarts

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This section looks at the various aspects and principles relating to digital literacy and the many skills and competencies that fall under the digital literacy umbrella.
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CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1

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Interactive illustrating the critical thinking model of Paul and Elder ("elements of thought")


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This interactive web site shares the "elements of thinking".
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A part of knowing what something is is also in defining what it is not. #Kristeva #abjection Target the enemy called #CriticalDispersion (see Chap 2 of "Romancing the Tides: A Theory of the Literary Pirate in Children's Literature") & we'll know exactly what we're fighting.

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A New Model for the American Research University | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

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Otago becomes first NZ university to make top 10 in world list - Stuff.co.nz

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Otago becomes first university in country to have a course taught here make it into the world's top 10.
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Academic Freedom and Tenure: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | AAUP

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This report finds that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administration and the board of trustees of the University of Illinois violated principles of academic freedom when they withdrew a tenured faculty appointment that had been...
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A professor fails his entire class and his university intervenes - Inside Higher Ed

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Inside Higher Ed A professor fails his entire class and his university intervenes Inside Higher Ed The same day Horwitz sent a similar email to the senior administrators of the university telling them what he had done, and predicting (correctly)...
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Leadership Scorecard | EDUcation4.0 | eSkills | eLeaderShip

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What are the qualities of a great leader? Check out the leadership scorecard. How do you rate?

 

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The 7 Ps of Modern Workplace Learning

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21 April 2015 by Jane Hart: I have shared, in a number of places, a diagram of Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) , which I believes visualise all the main ways we learn at work. However, I have recently added a few P words that have helped to summarise the different elements as well as L&D’s role in it in order to help people at work. so I am sharing this diagram.


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Eine schöne Übersicht von Jane Hart. Wichtig für alle die sich mit #Lernarchitekturen, #new Work und #digitalem Wandel beschäftigen und Ansatzpunkte suchen welche #HR-Maßnahmen unterstützen können.

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Está na hora de (re)aprender a Língua dos "pês"

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Doing Research That Matters; Shaping the Future of Management

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If you believe the impact of management research and education is in decline, this book will help you play your part. Doing Research that Matters looks at an old issue from a new perspective, taking a fresh and cross-disciplinary approach to learning how we can contribute with our work to shaping the future of management. Readers are invited to sit back and relax while they are taken on a journey through the views and work of a group of exemplary professionals: top-management gurus Rob Goffee, Robert Kaplan, Barbara Kellerman, Philip Kotler, John Kotter, Howard Gardner, Costas Markides, Roger Martin, Henry Mintzberg and David Ulrich; Nobel Laureates Gerhard Ertl, Doug Osheroff, Elinor Ostrom, Jack Szostack and Harald zur Hausen; and world renowned astrophysicist Margherita Hack. In his quest to become a better management innovator, Marco Busi shares the wisdom he gained from these interviews to highlight patterns in the way pioneers identify a problem worth researching, generate an outcome worth spreading, and generally conduct a career worth having.

 

In an era when the impact of management research and education could be argued is in decline, this book helps readers who want to have a real impact through their management practice and/or research and allows them to truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Doing Research That Matters reveals the ways that exceptional scholars and practitioners have sparked research, done it well, and spread it to others, in the process shaping the way we live and manage. It presents a collection of views and experiences of Nobel Laureates and top management gurus such as Robert Kaplan, Philip Kotler, Howard Gardner, Costas Markides, specifically related to the concepts of research excellence, research process and research outcome. These interviews reveal how their transformative research came about, what drives it, who drives it, how it happens, and why the people who do it feel so passionate about getting the word out. Taking the reader through their life stories it highlights common patterns in the way these people identify a problem worth researching, generate an outcome worth spreading, and generally conduct a worthy professional life.

 

Contents:

Prologue My Declaration of Intent1  Personal Introduction To The Futureers15  Chapter 1 Shaping the Future of Management by Reinventing Management Research25  Understanding What to Aim For35  Chapter 3 The Thrill of Discovery55  Finding Romantic Problems Worth Studying71  Chapter 5 Enjoy the Ride93  Chapter 6 Travelling Solo or in Groups?117  Chapter 7 Share the Experience to Make it More Valuable to You and Others139  Epilogue Shaping the Future of Management Research161  Endnotes181  About the Author197  Copyright   




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Doing Research That Matters Shaping the Future of ManagementMarco Busi (editor), 200 pp, 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, ISBN: 9780857247070


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