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The Thesis Whisperer

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Fantastic site run out of RMIT, overflowing with useful advice and insider info on the reality of PhD research

 


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Snapshotic's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:28 AM

An extremely useful source of advice and information, highly recommended...

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What is the link between information literacy (IL) and research skills? | Chat Literacy

What is the link between information literacy (IL) and research skills? | Chat Literacy | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

Welcome to Day 2: we have already enjoyed a very active discussion (Topic 1) about conceptions of Information Literacy and now move to exploring the role of information literacy in developing the skills of the young researcher or an effective employee, including:

 

--how to make the critical link between IL and building research capacity

 

--sharing approaches and strategies for mitigating challenges

 

--raising awareness and communicating the value of IL in organisations

 

What role does IL play in developing the skills of the young researcher or an effective employee? We need to discuss how to make the critical link between IL and building research capacity; this involves sharing approaches and strategies for mitigating challenges, by raising awareness and communicating the value of IL in your organisations.

 

There can be little doubt that the link between the “information use” space and the “professional” space that forms our community of practice has changed considerably over the course of the last thirty years.

 

One principal factor of change, which I call “Structural”, is that the classical model of learning how to do research is to become apprenticed to those who are already thoroughly familiar with the field of study, active users of research methods and discerning critics of ideas. This model has been largely displaced because the massification of higher education, in particular, and the consequent inability of teachers, tutors, supervisors, librarians and information specialists to provide in-depth supervision, makes the original model uneconomic.

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 2014 1:24 PM

Link between IL and research skills

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Research as a Second Language: Writing Skills

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Writing Skills
"...nervous people worrying about their language write worse than relaxed people enjoying their language." (Geoffrey Pullum, hat tip: Jonathan Mayhew)
Many people think that their writing problems stem from their ignorance of the rules of writing. Whether they think it's their understanding of the grammar of an English sentence or the rhetoric of a journal article that is inadequate, they believe that there is something important about writing that they don't know, and if they were only let in on the secret they would write more effectively. I never miss an opportunity to push back on this idea when I talk to writers.

If you're not writing as well as you'd like, it's because you don't write often enough (or haven't been doing it long enough). The only thing that will really make you a better writer is time spent writing. Don't let someone else's list of grammatical "pet peeves" cow you into not writing a sentence you think clearly expresses your views. (And please don't try to bond with me about how much you "hate it when...") Do, of course, listen to what other people say about your writing and, if you already respect their opinion, follow their suggestions to see if it improves your text. But you are the final authority on whether an improvement has been made. You are the author.


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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

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Many educators are explicitly teaching online research skills, such as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.


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The Digital Researcher: Processing Academic Literature Paperless

I'm a business education researcher and I do pretty much all of my academic reading digitally. It saves time, effort and makes going back over your notes so muc

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Digital Literacy Introduction | Gideon Burton

A review of three major principles central to being literate in the digital age: 1) consume; 2) create; and 3) connect.

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6 Models of Blended eLearning Infographic

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6 Models of Blended eLearning Infographic Face-to-Face Driver Model Rotation Model Flex Model Online Lab Model Self-Blend Model Online Driver

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Digital Literacies in Higher Education - IOE LibGuides at Institute of Education, London

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Key messages from the JISC-funded project focussing on postgraduate students at the Institute of Education

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Information Literacy and Engaging the 21st Century Learner -- 3rd edition

Digital literacy, research skills, and other information literacy skills are essential for today's learners. This video explains why these literacies are ess...

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Embedded Librarianship: A Collaboration That Improves Student Learning Outcomes | Charlotte Law Library News

Embedded Librarianship: A Collaboration That Improves Student Learning Outcomes | Charlotte Law Library News | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:27 PM

[Embedded librarianship] involves focusing on the needs of one or more specific groups, building relationships with these groups, developing a deep understanding of their work, and providing information services that are highly customized and targeted to their greatest needs. In effect, it involves shifting the basis of library services from the traditional, transactional, question-and-answer model of reference services to one in which there is high trust, close collaboration, and shared responsibility for outcomes. (p. 9)

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:07 AM

'Embedded Librarianship' - old wine in a new cask? School/teacher librarians are embedded librarians, already for decades. The problem is that they don't "sell it" like this. That is what we need to learn from articles like this.

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Micah Vandegrift: What does “the public” think about open access?

A barometer for public knowledge about open access could also be read from the journalism that reports it. A standard argument against open access is that press releases about scholarly articles in layman language suffice to provide the public with enough detail. Two items in recent weeks address that point indirectly, and from different stances on the value of open access.

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The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning

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The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning

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SOLEs as Innovation | Online Educational Research Journal

SOLEs as Innovation | Online Educational Research Journal | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) are models of learning in which students self-organise in groups and learn using a computer connected to the internet with minimal teacher support. The original ‘hole in the wall’ experiments in India are now applied to classrooms around the world. The idea of SOLEs is a social innovation that is inspiring educators (in schooling and also business contexts) everywhere, as demonstrated by Mitra’s award of the 2013 TED prize. However, when SOLEs are located in classrooms, a number of questions arise. Are SOLEs easily adapted for the classroom context? Is the impact on learning as transformative as suggested by the original ideas?


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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research - Animated guide to information skills

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Good writing skills give fillip to research: VC - The Times of India

Good writing skills give fillip to research: VC - The Times of India | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University vice-chancellor Prof AK Bakhshi inaugurated a three-day national workshop on scientific/research paper writing, organized by the National Academy of Sciences.


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22 Great Places If You Teach Research Skills - A Media Specialist's Guide

22 Great Places If You Teach Research Skills - A Media Specialist's Guide | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

Are you looking for great resources to teach students how to do research online? Then check out this post. The links range from resources geared to elementary school to middle school and high school. How do you create a bibliography? Evaluate a website? Learn new search techniques? These and other skills are available in the links provided.


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Couchigian's curator insight, January 22, 2013 7:43 PM

Cute Page!
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Excellent Guide on~Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills~

Excellent Guide on~Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills~ | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

Explore the ready-to-use curriculum, including detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, and class demonstrations. Microsoft's Teacher's Resources have developed this critical thinking and web research curriculum guide.


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New Directions in Information Fluency: A Conference (2014) | Information Literacy Weblog

New Directions in Information Fluency: A Conference (2014) | Information Literacy Weblog | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

April 4, 2014 4:00p.m. - April 5, 2014 5:00p.m.

We invite faculty, administrators, and librarians to share and discuss approaches to teaching research-as-process, research writing, and primary source literacy as part of the one-day conference “New Directions in Information Fluency.”


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Universities need to embrace a feedback culture - Telegraph

Universities need to embrace a feedback culture - Telegraph | AcademicLit | Scoop.it
We need to look at how we can create a wider culture of feedback and engagement in both directions at university; from tutors to students and vice versa, says Eric Bohms.

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Ways to develop digital literacy (diglit_oct08.jpg)

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Beyond measure: Valuing libraries

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This is a longer read than usual, but here is the text and some of the images from the keynote address I gave at The Acquisitions Institute 2013.  


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Anthony Beal's curator insight, May 29, 2013 12:29 PM

Chris Bourg of Stanford University Libraries suggests that the impact of libraries’ collections, services and people is very real but also very hard to measure

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University libraries: 10 global portraits

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University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education

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Sara's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:57 PM

Keywords are change, services, basing upon user needs. This is also the focus of the Parma Semester of DILL Digital Library Learning International Master's 

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Brian Lucey: Peer review: how to get it right – 10 tips

Brian Lucey: Peer review: how to get it right – 10 tips | AcademicLit | Scoop.it
Brian Lucey shares some expert advice on how to be helpful, scientific and professional when reviewing a paper
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Jose Cabanas's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:04 AM

The best tip is: Let´s stop Elsevier, Spinger, etc. monopolies

 

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Jim Phillips: On the Curation of Instructional Content (EDUCAUSE Review)

Jim Phillips: On the Curation of Instructional Content (EDUCAUSE Review) | AcademicLit | Scoop.it

Higher education institutions are prodigious content producers. Although there are long-standing policies in place to permit the curation of instructional content and of the transactional artifacts of the learning experience, librarians have traditionally concentrated more attention on research. This stance is quite justifiable given the massive amount of research data being generated today as a result of revised data-planning requirements by grant-funding agencies. However, with the tacit rules governing instruction and with market pressures rapidly evolving, has the time come for librarians to intentionally curate instructional content, in all its unwieldy diversity? And as we come to better understand the lasting value of data analytics, what would be the consequences of inaction?

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John Bostock's curator insight, October 10, 2013 8:38 AM

A very interesting article that raises the issue of ownership and use of teaching materials. It suggests they may increasingly be held by commercial companies (such as Pearson OpenClass) unless university libraries take a more active role in curation, archiving and ensuring accessibility. Add into this debate the rise of Open Educational Resources and you have a very potent set of issues concerning for instance, power, academic freedom, intellectual property rights management, student and teacher privacy......

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The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | AcademicLit | Scoop.it
The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more 'e' than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone can and can't do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.

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