11 avril 2013

A Matter of Perspective — Elsevier Acquires Mendeley... or, Mendeley Sells Itself to Elsevier

http://scholarlykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/sk_2011banner.jpgBy . Confirming earlier speculation, Elsevier has acquired the reference management site Mendeley. Terms were not disclosed, but TechCrunch has estimated the deal to be worth between $69 million and $100 million in total. That’s approximately $30-45 per user. Given revenues that seem to be relatively slight at this point, Elsevier appears to have paid a significant multiple for Mendeley.
From Elsevier’s perspective, the deal is accurately described as, “Elsevier Acquires Mendeley.” However, because Mendeley has been a darling of open access (OA), which inevitably brings with it some anti-Elsevier sentiments, the deal may also be interpreted as, “Mendeley Sold Itself to Elsevier.” Read more...

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The Realities of MOOCs

Curatr MOOCTwo weeks ago we launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in association with the University of San Diego (USD). Based on “Sustainability in the Supply Chain,” the six-week course is aimed at managers working in supply chain positions around the world. For those unfamiliar with the MOOC terminology, this sort of course operates at scale and is open to anyone who wishes to join.
Two Types of MOOCs
Broadly speaking there are two types of MOOCs: cMOOCs and xMOOCs. cMOOCs follow a “connectivism” approach, which is based on the work of George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and others working at the forefront of online learning theory. (Siemens and Downes host http://mooc.ca as a place to host MOOC news and information.) Read more...

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Learning to Teach online

cristinacostGraham Attwell just posted this video and I thought it was interesting to share it [ ... also for my own sake, as note taking kind of a  thing] because it stresses some very important points regarding the facilitation of learning.
If we believe that learning is anchored in engagement, then we really need to design for engagement. I think this is where creating learning contexts becomes key. I think that the role of the teacher is to create challenges that encourage learners to take responsibility for their learning because that activity becomes enjoyable, appeals to them, they can identify themselves with. Hence, it becomes fun. It is not a hahaha fun, but rather a I am hooked to it kind of fun!
The video also resonates to some of the discussions Professor Gráinne Conole has started around presence and deeper sense of connection online environments are able to convey. Read more...

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Queen’s University’s report on online learning

Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, was one of the first universities worldwide to offer distance education courses, in 1888. It has recently released an 84 page report on online learning, developed by its Senate Academic Planning Task Force.
The SAPTF was mandated to study virtualization and online learning within the Queen’s context after the university’s academic plan was adopted, and to put forward recommendations for Senate. “The task force began its work by considering the wealth of commentary and debate generated around online learning during the academic planning process,” said SAPTF Chair Christopher Moyes, who is also a professor in the Department of Biology. The SAPTF met with individuals and groups over the course of preparing its draft report, in addition to using surveys to gather information about current ‘virtualization’ and online learning practices at Queen’s. The report, which was released March 21, proposes 18 specific recommendations aimed at informing Queen’s policy and planning around virtualization and online learning in the broader context of the overall student experience. Read more...

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Requiring Computing Education: An Impractical Path to Computing Literacy

http://s0.wp.com/wp-content/themes/pub/blix/images/spring_flavour/header_bg.jpgMy thinking on computing education has been significantly influenced by a podcast about hand-washing and financial illiteracy. I suspect that education is an ineffective strategy for achieving the goal of Computing Literacy for Everyone. I have a greater appreciation for work like Alan Kay’s on STEPS, Andy Ko’s work on tools for end-user programming, and the work on Racket.
On Hand-Washing and Financial Illiteracy
I have been listening to Freakonomics podcasts on long drives. Last month, I listened to “What do hand-washing and financial illiteracy have in common?” I listened to it again over the next few days, and started digging into the literature they cited. Read more...

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Les talents sont encore peu promus par les entreprises françaises

http://www.le-grep-rh.com/imgs/le-grep-rh.pngUne étude de l'ANDRH et du cabinet FéFaur pointe du doigt les disparités en matière de découverte de talents des entreprises. Si 65% d'entre elles poursuivent une politique de gestion de talents, très peu s'en soucient réellement.
L'étude, comportant une trentaine de questions, a été menée auprès de 300 entreprises françaises, dont près de la moitié issue de groupes de plus de 5 000 salariés. Elle montre que 65% des entreprises interrogées conduisent effectivement une politique de gestion des talents. Une gestion qui s'est développée ces cinq dernières années, mais toutes les entreprises n'ont pas la même définition. Suite de l'article...
http://www.le-grep-rh.com/imgs/le-grep-rh.pngStaidéar ag an ngnólacht agus pointí Fēfaur ANDRH éagothromaíochtaí i gcuideachtaí fionnachtain tallann. Má tá 65% díobh ag leanúint de pholasaí bainistíochta tallann, is beag cúram i ndáiríre faoi. Níos mó...

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