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EU Opens Up Access to Scientific Research | Wall Street Journal

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New scientific research must be published for free online, the vice-president of the European Commission said, in a move designed to increase the knowledge pool open to small business and lead to more innovative products.

 

All scientists receiving European Union funding will have to publish their results in an open-access format, Neelie Kroes, the commissioner responsible for Europe’s digital agenda, said Monday in Stockholm.  Ms. Kroes also  launched the global Research Data Alliance — a group committed to pooling and co-ordinating scientific data so it can be shared better.

 

Opening up scientific research is good for small business, said Victor Henning, CEO of British startup Mendeley, which aims to make academic research more connected. He has noticed the demand for access to academic research from small businesses.

 

Where universities and big companies subscribe to paid-for journals, the costs of subscriptions could be prohibitive for small business, Mr. Henning said, so the commission’s move opens up knowledge not previously available.

 

About 90% of academic research is still published in the subscription model, Mr. Henning said.

 

“Mendeley was founded to help us as academics but access is a problem that you don’t only get in academia. We have NGOs, research labs, pharma companies using Mendeley to co-ordinate research.”

 

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Alois Clemens's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:52 AM

Open access science is a fundamental need for pluralistic innovation and good use and building of all kind of capacities. Especially for SME and non university research. Good EU initiative.

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8 Useful Educational Web Tools for Research Students via @medkh9

8 Useful Educational Web Tools for Research Students via @medkh9 | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
There are a wide variety of web tools and mobile applications that facilitate researchers work and  help them communicate and collaborat

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Math Links for Week Ending Sept 23, 2016 via @DavidPetro

Math Links for Week Ending Sept 23, 2016 via @DavidPetro | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
It took me a while to finally put this post together but I finished it this week. I played Pokemon Go all summer with my kids and, as i

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Deep learning with Google tools: 20 ideas via @MattMiller

Deep learning with Google tools: 20 ideas via @MattMiller | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Packaging the abilities of several Google tools together can lead to deep learning around a single topic. Here are some ideas.

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[PDF] Classroom of the future

[PDF] Classroom of the future | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Will classrooms still exist 20 years from now? Do we have traditional classrooms in a physical sense anymore? What is the classroom anyway? For most of us, a classroom consists of four walls, ‘closed’ doors, chairs, tables, perhaps a blackboard, and sometimes a desk - simple but efficient pieces of furniture. A quick glance at the history of pedagogical practices reveals that the classroom has scarcely evolved over a period of many years. Is the traditional classroom intrinsically outdated or has it rather survived the test of time because it is already self-reconfigurable and has been adapted in many different contexts of use? Do we even need a classroom anymore? Do we need a teacher in the classroom? What do we teach and what do we want pupils to learn? What kinds of knowledge and skills will be required in the future? These are some of the questions that we should bear in mind when thinking about the classroom of the future.
 
Over the last few decades, our understanding of learning and the conditions under which it is facilitated have substantially improved. In most contemporary theories, learning is conceived as a constructive and social activity, as a result of which the roles of the teacher and the learner within the classroom have been redefined. Development in technologies that can be used to enhance and support learning has been even more rapid. Nonetheless, it would appear that the majority of the classrooms in today’s schools and universities remain unreached by these developments. In our roles as students, parents, tax payers, policy makers, teachers, designers, or researchers, the future of the classroom is an important issue of concern to many of us. It is certainly an issue that has the potential to fire one’s imagination. It is also an issue that can unite people from various educational and vocational backgrounds or divide them even further. However, despite the wide range of ideas and perspectives on this topic, multi-disciplinary efforts to design the classroom of the future are scarce. Our presumptions surrounding the classroom are alive and well and for most of us, classrooms are something very physical. We therefore need multiple perspectives to shake up our own traditional way of thinking about classrooms and to stimulate a real discussion concerning what the classroom actually is.

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Sala de aula do futuro em anĂ¡lise.
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Leaders as teachers

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Leadership may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing teachers. In fact, some exhaustive lists of teacher descriptors, such as this one, include such predictable terms as prepared, enthusiastic, and supportive, but mention nothing specific about leadership. Nevertheless, as a former classroom educator who now coaches executives, I strongly believe that there are many things that leaders of all stripes can learn from teachers.

 

Teachers mold us from our youngest years and give us a foundation for life, regardless of the particular paths that we eventually choose. They are, outside of our parents, the first true leaders in our lives and those that we turn to for knowledge, guidance and direction. Many of us emulated our teachers and wanted to grow up to be like one or more of them.


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