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Poiesis and Prolepsis: Giving out to receive in return: Social media for researchers

Poiesis and Prolepsis: Giving out to receive in return: Social media for researchers | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Some recent approaches to research suggest that, in the process of research itself, one should give in order to receive in return. In an educational context, this might almost be a taken-for-granted, that without giving there would be no receiving in return.

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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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 | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan
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The Academic Book of the Future - Arts & Humanities Research Council

The Academic Book of the Future - Arts & Humanities Research Council | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of the academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change.

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I'll be following this with interest on Twitter at #AcBookFuture

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The feds tried to rate colleges in 1911. It was a disaster.

The feds tried to rate colleges in 1911. It was a disaster. | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Somewhere in the US Education Department, statistical experts and policymakers are at work on a highly controversial idea: a federal system to rate colleges based on their quality, much as Consumer Reports rates refrigerators.


Many colleges hate this idea, and it turns out the uproar is nothing new. The forerunner of the modern Education Department tried a similar idea in 1911. At the time, colleges opposed the federal quality ratings so bitterly that two American presidents eventually intervened to halt their publication.


Quality ratings spent 102 years as a third rail of higher education policy. Then, last August, President Obama revived the proposal for a federal rating system. He quickly found out the idea hasn't become any less controversial in the past century.

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The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education by David Bromwich

The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education by David Bromwich | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower prods us to think about the crisis of higher education. But is there a crisis?
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newmaterialistscartographies - home

newmaterialistscartographies - home | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
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This is a project to bring together various writers and thinkers of new materialisms. The wiki is an attempt to link those interested to many flight lines of new materalism, and also other important varieties of materialisms. Users are strongly encouraged to add, correct, or rewrite parts the wiki.

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Radical Art

A site about radical strands in modern art. It includes algorithmic art and its art-historical and conceptual context.
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#CultureCode: Designing a Culture of Innovation

#CultureCode: Designing a Culture of Innovation | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

How did the international design agency IDEO go about creating an innovative workplace of its own?

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Issues in Open Access to Research (EDUCAUSE Review)

Issues in Open Access to Research (EDUCAUSE Review) | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake

3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
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Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus

Six Questions That Will Bring Your Teaching Philosophy into Focus | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, a couple of contributions to The Teaching Professor (Haave 2014) and Faculty Focus (Weimer 2014) discussed the place of learning philosophies in our teaching. The online comments to Weimer’s blog post (2014) made me think more about how we as instructors need to be careful to bridge instructivist and constructivist teaching approaches for students not yet familiar with taking responsibility for their own learning (Venkatesh et al 2013).
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Effective Practice in a Digital Age : Jisc

Effective Practice in a Digital Age : Jisc | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Effective Practice in a Digital Age: A guide to technology-enhanced learning and teaching updates the 2004 JISC guide to the pedagogy of e-learning, Effective Practice with e-Learning, by drawing on outcomes from the Design for Learning and Technology Enhanced Learning Environments themes of the JISC e-Learning Programme.
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Beyond Institutions: Personal Learning in a Networked World

Beyond Institutions: Personal Learning in a Networked World | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
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London 2014 - Saturday by Wikimania London

Watch Wikimania London's London 2014 - Saturday on Livestream.com. The livestream of Saturday's main hall talks at Wikimania 2014
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The Humanities and Common Sense

The Humanities and Common Sense | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

"To say that excessively specialized humanities scholarship today is irrelevant is not to say that the humanities are irrelevant."

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What Cartoons Can Do - The New Yorker

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Robert Mankoff writes, "I just finished a fascinating post called “What College Can’t Do.” A quote or two wouldn’t do the piece justice, so I’ve decided to quote the whole thing"..

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Reconstruction 14.2 (2014): Phenomenology and Education

Reconstruction 14.2 (2014): Phenomenology and Education | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

"Today, phenomenology can take on a wide variety of meanings depending on who you ask. And so can education. This special issue of Reconstruction is an attempt to provide essays that reflect exactly this variety of the meanings of phenomenology in relation to education. Of course, the essays presented here will not provide an exhaustive study of the uses of phenomenology in education as currently practiced, but should be seen as attempts to reflect some of the possibilities phenomenology poses to education."

 

Introduction: "This unnamable movement of difference-itself": Exploring Phenomenology and Education / Elias Schwieler

 
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Half an Hour: Beyond Free ‑ Open Learning in a Networked World

Half an Hour: Beyond Free ‑ Open Learning in a Networked World | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Stephen Downes talks about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution.

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A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem. - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem. - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

"...things are changing. I think we are in the initial phase of the next evolutionary step of the librarian as liaison. I touched upon this in my last post about the shift from “knowledge service provider to collaborative partner.” ARL is also focusing on “new roles for new times” exploring the move from a collections-centric to an engagement-centered model. And recently a paper from Ithaka (Anne Kenney, Cornell) builds upon this theme by outlining how librarians are becoming more embedded in the research life of campus. This includes things like technology development, data services, grant assistance, and publishing support."

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Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking | From the Bell Tower

Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking | From the Bell Tower | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Using methods familiar to designers as an approach to problem solving in organizations is not a particularly new development, but now higher education may be looking at it as a way to reform how education is delivered.
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Phonar: Transmedia Storytelling Through Openly Networked Learning | Connected Learning

Phonar: Transmedia Storytelling Through Openly Networked Learning | Connected Learning | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Phonar, an abbreviation of PHOtography and NARrative, is an in-person course at Coventry University in the UK and an open online course for as many as 35,000 participants around the world who co-create learning communities through a variety of media including blogs and a blog hub, Twitter (using the #phonar hashtag, and a Google+ community.
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"Wise by Design: A Wisdom-Based Framework for Innovation and Organizati" by Juan Francisco Suarez

"Wise by Design: A Wisdom-Based Framework for Innovation and Organizati" by Juan Francisco Suarez | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
A wiser socio-economic system, by design and not by chance, may well benefit from a series of design principles drawn from the well of wisdom. This dissertation focused on a refined set of eight components of wisdom through research designed to explore if, how, and when they are invoked by a group of experts participating in a futures discussion about organizations in their field of practice, American higher education. The aim was to explore a set of wisdom-centered design principles (denoted as Wise By Design [WBD]) for social innovation, specifically in the design of organizations that would thrive in the future. After four rounds of engagement with a panel of experts with approximately 500 years of accumulated experience in the field, six conclusions were reached: a) an organization could be seen as wise; if leadership, management, and innovation practices are augmented by wisdom; b) the use of design principles based on wisdom and futures inquiry could help organizations develop wise processes; c) wise people develop the ability to take an objectivized balanced perspective when confronted with situations, decisions, or requests for advice; d) wisdom could be described as a multi-channel sense-and-respond adaptive system with the higher purpose of flourishing of self and others; e) interoperability and dual hybridity, both administrative and academic, could enable institutions of higher education to thrive in the future; and f) this field of research could lead into a discussion on the value of exploring artificial wisdom. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at Ohiolink ETD Center, http://etd.ohiolink.edu and AURA http://aura.antioch.edu/
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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.

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Social Ecology: Evolution or Revolution? Part 2. | Communities and Collaboration

Social Ecology: Evolution or Revolution? Part 2. | Communities and Collaboration | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
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Educator as a Design Thinker

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 Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Thinkin...
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