Thanks to open source learning managements systems such as MOODLE, even small and mid-sized organizations can developed a learning portals and create a communities of practice within their organization.
Via Adelina Silva
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Την εβδομάδα από 22 έως 28 Οκτωβρίου διοργανώνεται η εβδομάδα ανοιχτής πρόσβασης (Open Access Week). H εβδομάδα ανοιχτής πρόσβασης είναι μια παγκόσμια εκδήλωση που λαμβάνει χώρα σε διάφορα μέρη στον πλανήτη για έκτη συνεχόμενη χρονιά και δίνει την ευκαιρία στα μέλη της ακαδημαϊκής και ερευνητικής κοινότητας να συμμετέχουν και διαδικτυακά. Στόχος της εκδήλωσης είναι η “συνάντηση” της ακαδημαϊκής και ερευνητικής κοινότητας και η ενημέρωση για τα οφέλη της Ανοιχτής Πρόσβασης σε διάφορους τομείς όπως η εκπαίδευση, η έρευνα, η επιχειρηματικότητα κτλ.
Οι εμπνευστές της εβδομάδας ανοιχτής πρόσβασης υποστηρίζουν ότι η ανοιχτή πρόσβαση στην πληροφορία – η ελεύθερη, άμεση και διαδικτυακή πρόσβαση σε αποτελέσματα ακαδημαϊκής έρευνας και το δικαίωμα στη χρήση και επαναχρησιμοποίηση αυτών των αποτελεσμάτων – στόχο έχει να αλλάξει τον τρόπο που γίνεται η έρευνα παγκοσμίως! Η αλλαγή αυτή στη μέθοδο έρευνας επηρεάζει διάφορους τομείς όπως την εκπαίδευση, την ιατρική, την επιστήμη, την βιομηχανία και την κοινωνία σε σύνολο. Παράλληλα, σκοπός της Ανοιχτής Πρόσβασης στη Πληροφορία είναι να μεγιστοποιηθούν οι επενδύσεις στην έρευνα, να αυξηθεί η δημοσιότητα ερευνών και εκπαιδευτικών προγραμμάτων και η διευκόλυνση των μαθητών, καθηγητών και ερευνητών.
Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την εβδομάδα ανοιχτής πρόσβασης και για τον τρόπο συμμετοχής σε αυτήν μπορείτε να βρείτε στο: www.openaccessweek.org
Via Aris P. Louvris
2012 has been the year of MASSIVE growth for YouTube.com, but it’s also been a year of MASSIVE changes. The last few months have seen some exciting additions that we can all take advantage of. If you feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with everything, here’s the only thing you really need to understand: YouTube wants you to get more views. They are consistently encouraging (and rewarding) those who are putting out desirable content. The following four features are all “tactics” you can implement to increase views and expand your audience reach. …but only if you have good content.
Skype is a good communication software that was recently acquired by Microsoft. Here we will show you how you can use Skype to share a PowerPoint presentation for online meetings, conferences or just creating a demo for users.
First, you need to sign in Skype using your credentials. Here you will see the list of contacts and then find the contact to whom you want to share your presentation in PowerPoint using Skype
Via FPPT, Maria Margarida Correia, Paulo Tomás Neves
Game theory is the study of the ways in which strategic interactions among economic agents produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) of those agents, where the outcomes in question might have been intended by none of the agents. The meaning of this statement will not be clear to the non-expert until each of the italicized words and phrases has been explained and featured in some examples. Doing this will be the main business of this article. First, however, we provide some historical and philosophical context in order to motivate the reader for the technical work ahead.
Via Web_eLearning®, juandoming
Robin Good: The David Ramsey Map Collection is an historical collection of thousands of beautiful maps and atlases organized and made freely accessible to the public online in unique and unprecedented ways.
This online collection offers in fact no less than 12 different ways to navigate its contents by providing dedicated browsers and visual imaging tools ranging from 2D-GIS to SecondLife and virtual QTR panoramas. For example, with the Google Earth visualization, any map in the collection can be seen perfectly mapped on the globe, or by using the Luna Browser one can create collections, save and download images, annotate maps or even create embeddable presentations.
This is truly a spectacular collection with marvellous maps and atlases enriched by complementary data, visualization tools and a formidable array of navigation devices.
Possibly the best online curated collection I have seen so far.
About page: http://www.davidrumsey.com/about
Collection and Tools to navigate it: http://www.davidrumsey.com/view
Home page: http://www.davidrumsey.com/
Une magnifique collection de cartes. A découvrir absolument.
Via Robin Good, Terheck
"Your brain is more flexible than we've ever thought before. It changes because it is constantly optimizing itself, reorganizing itself by transferring cognitive abilities from one lobe to the other, particularly as you age. After a stroke, for instance, your brain can reorganize itself to move functions to undamaged areas."
Via Maria Margarida Correia
The skills a student employs to successfully curate information include curiosity, media literacy, ability to make connections across disciplines, information literacy, the ability to evaluate and understand perspective, synthesize and evaluate information, and a good dose of self-direction.
Via Patric Lougheed
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.
Did you know that "peer group influence plays an important developmental role in the psychosocial process of separation from parents"? What does this mean to teachers of middle school students? That "interactive, interdependent group work" helps middle school students "build happy, learning brains."
This post will help you learn more about brain science, successful group work, how to plan for success, provides some researched-based guidelines and more.
Via Beth Dichter
Do you know how old the average Twitter or Facebook user is? Do you know what share of Reddit’s users are women? We could go on and on; when it comes to social network demographics, the questions are endless.
Pingdom shows here the age and gender distribution on 24 of today’s most popular social networks and online communities.
Social media is most definitely not just for the young:
55% of Twitter users are 35 or older. 63% of Pinterest users are 35 or older. 65% of Facebook users are 35 or older. 79% of LinkedIn users are 35 or older.
Some sites have a considerable bias toward younger users:
58% of Reddit users are under 35. 60% of Github users are under 35. 63% of Hi5 users are under 35. 69% of Hacker News users are under 35. 69% of deviantART users are under 35. 83% of Orkut users are under 35.
Average user age per site
Based on the sites in this survey, the estimated age of the average social media user is just under 37 years old. Here are some other observations:
The oldest users. LinkedIn has the oldest user base, with the average user being 44.2 years old. The average Facebook user is 40.5 years old. The average Twitter user is 37.3 years old. The age trend for Facebook and Twitter. Twitter’s user base is getting younger, while Facebook’s is getting older.
What about gender?
Based on the United States demographics data (from Ad Planner) there is a clear gender imbalance on many of these sites. Some are much more male dominated, and vice versa. However, when you look at all the data together, it becomes clear that women rule social media. More than two thirds of the sites in this survey have more female than male users.
17 out of 24 sites (71%) have more female than male users. The average gender distribution is 48.75% male, 51.25% female. Most male-dominated site? Slashdot (87% males) is the standout, followed by Hacker News (77% males) and Stack Overflow (76% males). In general, the more tech-focused sites in this survey have more male users than female. Most female-dominated site? Pinterest (79% females) is in a league of its own, followed by Goodreads (70% females) and Blogger (66% females). Facebook and Twitter have the same gender distribution: 40% male, 60% female.
As you can see, the only sites in this survey with more male than female users are Quora, Reddit, Orkut, Github, Stack Overflow, Hacker News and Slashdot.
Takeaway: There’s a place for everyone in today’s social media landscape. These sites have users that span the entire age spectrum, and there really are no limits to what you can achieve online, regardless of age or gender.
A note on the source data: All the demographics data in this survey is for the United States, but the patterns shown here should translate roughly to other countries as well. That said, there are regional differences, so keep that in mind if you’re applying this to other parts of the world.
By Pingdom. http://bit.ly/SyLoDW
Ad Planner. http://bit.ly/PHQxqk
Via maxOz, Katia Frolova, John van den Brink, Terheck