26 mai 2013

Episode 17 of Bibliotech: Citation and social media

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/uploadedImages/Careers/Podcasts/2013/January/bibliotech_banner_blank.jpgBy Rochelle Mazar. What do Twitter, Tumblr and citations have in common? Welcome to BiblioTech – the podcast about emerging technologies for academics. Your host is Rochelle Mazar, an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Every month you can listen in as Rochelle talks about what's new in technology and what academics should be paying attention to. It's hard to keep up with all of the new software, tools and gadgets. That's where Rochelle comes in.
Episode 17 - Citation and social media
In this episode Rochelle looks at what social media can teach us about plagiarism and citation. (Running time: 14:18 mins).
Check out the previous BiblioTech episodes:
Episode 16: Virtual worlds and virtual objects
Episode 15: Online pseudonyms
Episode 14: Course readings
Episode 13: Plagiarism
Episode 12: Wikipedia
Episode 11: Audio and video assignments
Episode 10: Much ado about hardware
Episode 9: Course websites
Episode 8: Digital natives
Episode 7: Information overload
Episode 6: Productivity tools
Episode 5: Academe in 2015
Episode 4: Search vs. browsing
Episode 3: Campus courseware
Episode 2: Cloud Storage
Episode 1: Breakfast with Twitter.

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Federal research institutes should host crowdfunding initiatives

By . The recent Jumpstart Our Business Act, which U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law in March, allows crowdfunding to be used to sell shares to the public. While there are strict limits to how much “unsophisticated investors” will be allowed to commit to a single company, companies will be able to sell shares to individual investors without having to go through a public offering. Since laboratories in academic research settings such as hospitals and universities represent private companies, why not apply a crowdfunding model to academic science? I have long ventured that the public’s apathy to most of the research taking place on their behalf results not from a lack of interest, but a failure of scientists to properly communicate their goals and findings; and a recent string of successful applications of this model to basic research projects appear to support my view that crowdfunding science works (see here and here). Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:38 - - Permalien [#]

What if it’s not about where you are going?

By . In my last post, I suggested that you don’t have to figure out what to do with your life. I want to explore that idea a bit more. As Barrie Thorne noted back in 1987, we often look at children as who they are becoming rather than as who they are in a specific time and place. Despite the rise of other modes of studying children, this tendency to think in developmental time still dominates discourses of childhood (scholarly and otherwise). I would argue that it frames most discussions of postsecondary education (undergraduate and graduate) and early career jobs. This is not only infantilizing but, as Thorne noted, diverts attention from the specific historical and personal conditions in which you are “developing”. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:30 - - Permalien [#]

Canada is ‘treading water’ on its S&T performance

By . Buried in the flurry of other news emanating from Ottawa on Tuesday was a damning report by Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, or STIC. The council concludes in its “State of the Nation” 2012 report that Canada “continues to tread water as a mid-level performer in science, technology and innovation” and says the country needs to “aim higher.” Maclean’s columnist Paul Wells described the report as “devastating” and an indicator of “long-term government failure.” Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:29 - - Permalien [#]

Provinces would rather pay students than universities

By Alex Usher. What 2013 provincial budgets mean for the higher education sector. There is a pattern emerging in provincial budgeting for higher education over the past couple of years which deserves more attention than it has been receiving. Though some new net money has been reaching universities and colleges, within the sector as a whole governments seem far more interested in funneling money to students than providing support for institutions themselves. There are three important caveats regarding the budget data presented here need to be made. The first is that what provinces budget for higher education often has only a vague relationship with what actually gets spent. Last year in Quebec, for instance, what eventually got allocated to institutions was a good $120 million less than what was budgeted. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:26 - - Permalien [#]

Entrepreneurs create jobs, so how are we helping?

By Stephen Daze. Canadian universities get a near-failing grade for the way they support campus entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise that global leaders are increasingly looking at entrepreneurship as a way to grow jobs and stimulate economies. In Canada, approximately 68 percent of net new jobs are created by small- and medium-sized enterprises (Statistics Canada), and from 1980 to 2008 all net new job growth in the U.S. came from firms five years or younger (Kauffman Foundation). The reality is that large firms shed jobs and new firms (young firms run by entrepreneurs) drive job growth. Complementing this is the growing interest in entrepreneurship as a career choice. A Kauffman-funded study of youth aged eight to 21 cites 40 percent of respondents interested in entrepreneurship as a career option. The question is: What are we doing to stimulate interest in entrepreneurship and provide support to young entrepreneurs? Some would see this as an opportunity not to be missed. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:24 - - Permalien [#]

B.C. makes free online textbooks available

By Rosanna Tamburri. A government agency is recruiting faculty to review and eventually to write texts for the most popular courses. Postsecondary students in British Columbia may get a bit of a break when it comes time to buy their textbooks this fall. In the first move of its kind in Canada, the B.C. government said it will make available up to 20 free and open online textbooks for some of the most popular first- and second-year university and college courses. There’s no guarantee that faculty will choose to assign the new textbooks, but proponents of the project are hoping that rigorous quality control measures and a little nudging from students will win them over. The textbooks also will be available to institutions, faculty and students across Canada to use at no charge. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:22 - - Permalien [#]

Five Ways for Collegs and Universities to Get Smart About Energy

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy David McDougall. Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are making a commitment to foster sustainability on campus. This strategy aligns well with university missions that include public service, thought leadership and pioneering new technologies. But at the end of the day, the most compelling reason is financial. Energy makes up only a small percentage of a university’s operating budget (about 3.5 percent on average), but in terms of raw dollars, America’s colleges and universities spend almost $7 billion in energy and utilities. Cutting energy costs even by 10 percent means $700 million dollars to reinvest in student programs, facility improvements, and other initiatives that benefit the entire campus community. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:09 - - Permalien [#]

Adapt Courseware releases Intro to Sociology

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgCollege and university students around the country can now have access to Adapt Courseware’s new Introduction to Sociology offering, which presents curriculum in an adaptive framework that responds based on each student’s behavior, knowledge, and aptitude. Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, is continuing to develop introductory level general education offerings, enabling institutions to create efficiencies and scale large course sections, while at the same time measurably improve student learning outcomes, satisfaction, course completion, and retention. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:07 - - Permalien [#]

Administrators and Faculty Split on Online Learning’s Value

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy Kylie Lacey. 7 percent of academic leaders surveyed believe online education results in the same or superior learning outcomes as in face-to-face classes. The number of students taking at least one course online is on the rise; the 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and released this year indicated that number surpassed 6.7 million for the fall 2011 semester.
That said, there is a divergence between higher ed administrators and faculty on the value of online learning. Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders surveyed believe online education results in the same or superior learning outcomes as in face-to-face classes.
However, only 30.2 percent of chief academic officers think their faculty accept online learning as valuable and legitimate. This figure has decreased from the recorded statistic in 2004. With 69.1 percent of chief academic leaders saying online education is a key part of their long-term strategy, faculty must learn to embrace it. Read more...

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