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

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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

University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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

Unit 1

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APHG-Unit 1

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 9:18 AM

Mapping and Satellite Imagery

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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.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 9:49 AM

APHG-Unit 4

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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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Academic’s signal-boosting app heads to more football stadiums

Academic’s signal-boosting app heads to more football stadiums | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A smartphone app – developed by a University of Sussex academic - that boosts phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country.

 

With the new football season getting underway this weekend, thousands of fans will be able to give the red card to poor wi-fi and phone signal during matches by downloading the free digitalStadium app, which creates a network between phones in the stadium to share bandwidth.

 

The digitalStadium technology enables fans and the club to communicate with each other during a match, providing real-time information on other key games, league table stats and travel information.

 

Fans can also take part in Twitter debates and competitions such as Rate the Ref while watching the game, while a live ticker feed delivers the latest news, views and special offers from the club.

 

The technology was developed by a team led by Dr Ian Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Software Systems, and has been on trial for over a year at Brighton and Hove Albion FC, whose stadium is just across the road from the University.


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Unsupervised Feature Learning Improves Prediction of Human Brain Activity in Response to Natural Images

Unsupervised Feature Learning Improves Prediction of Human Brain Activity in Response to Natural Images | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Encoding and decoding in functional magnetic resonance imaging has recently emerged as an area of research to noninvasively characterize the relationship between stimulus features and human brain activity. To overcome the challenge of formalizing what stimulus features should modulate single voxel responses, we introduce a general approach for making directly testable predictions of single voxel responses to statistically adapted representations of ecologically valid stimuli. These representations are learned from unlabeled data without supervision. Our approach is validated using a parsimonious computational model of (i) how early visual cortical representations are adapted to statistical regularities in natural images and (ii) how populations of these representations are pooled by single voxels. This computational model is used to predict single voxel responses to natural images and identify natural images from stimulus-evoked multiple voxel responses. We show that statistically adapted low-level sparse and invariant representations of natural images better span the space of early visual cortical representations and can be more effectively exploited in stimulus identification than hand-designed Gabor wavelets. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach to better probe unknown cortical representations.

 


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EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
With data generation in the quadrillions of bytes every minute, the European Union joins with researchers to find a way to process all this information

 

Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs. How can our brain deal with increasingly big and complex data sets? European Union researchers are developing an interactive system that not only presents data the way we want but also changes the presentation constantly in order to prevent brain overload. The project could enable students to study more efficiently or journalists to cross-check sources more quickly. Several museums in Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have already showed interest in the new technology.


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Teaching critical thinking in an age of digital credulity

Teaching critical thinking in an age of digital credulity | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

"By the end of 2014, more than 3 billion people will have access to the Internet, which means that they (we) have the power to ask any question at any time and get a multitude of answers within a second ..."


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Proactive+Thinking



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Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola - Here And Now

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola - Here And Now | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
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 24/7 access to the superb video based online self-paced courses provided by Lynda.com.  This is available to all UW-Stout students currently registered for a class.


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

The 9 biggest myths about ISIS | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
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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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 6, 3:28 PM

I was interested to read the 9 myths that are associated with ISIS. Some of the myths stated were very surprising.There is so much information being passed around about this terror organization that it is hard to differentiate the truth with myth.Some of the myths that surprised me were:

Myth #3: ISIS is part of al-Qaeda.

The fact that this group was split  off from al-Qaeda for being to violent was not something that is openly talked about.

Myth #6: ISIS is afraid of female soldiers.

Isis soldiers are not afraid of fighting female soldiers however they do believe if they are killed by a woman then they will not go to paradise.

 

It is important to know all the information about this topic and to be well informed on the issues.

 

 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 6, 3:45 PM

This website helps to dispel many of the myths and misunderstandings about ISIS. The group is a surprisingly complex amalgamation of many different, smaller groups and nationalities that has sprung out of the recent events in the region. While the group is a result of modern developments in the area, it is still firmly based on an older history, like the ancient Sunni/Shia divide and the old Islamic Caliphate. The group is brutal in its methods because it is still competing with other terrorist/insurgent groups in the area, and brutality is one of the few messages they all understand. Intervention by more powerful Western militaries can certainly help in the fight against ISIS, but it is not the final answer. For most Americans it is easy to see ISIS as the new al-Qaida, but the reality is a very complex situation with no easy answers, and it has a long way to go until it’s resolved.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 1:34 PM

ISIS has been all over the news for a long time now, and it doesn't seem to a be a topic that will leave us anytime soon. The media often depicts ISIS as an extremist, violent, half-crazed group of terrorists that are blindly spreading genocide in order to claim land. ISIS is actually incredibly organized and united under the purpose of creating their own state. We often but violence and extreme religious ideals hand and hand with insanity, but this group's strategic operations and rational movements prove this not to be true. Also, many people believe that fundamentalism refers to older traditions. In reality, radical Islam describes a form of Islam that never existed, where rules, traditions, and beliefs are magnified in a way that goes against the grain of the developing world. This often occurs out of fear of losing a religion, or a way of life. People are also worried about how ISIS will treat those living in its territories, but truth be told, they have already set up government programs in some areas. If ISIS is successful with its mission to create an autonomous Islamic state, then only time will tell if it will survive.