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Scholars in an increasingly open and digital world: imagined audiences and their impact on scholars’ online participation: Learning, Media and Technology: Vol 43, No 1. Home. How Data is Destroying Our Schools – Save Maine Schools. A few weeks into my first year as a teacher, my colleagues and I met for our first “data team” meeting of the year. Our principal had printed results from the previous year’s standardized tests and given a copy to each of us. “Take a few minutes to look at the data, and then we’ll decide what inferences we can make from it,” he instructed. He had a book with him – something with “data coaches” in the title – and was following a protocol laid out within. I looked at the graphs, then – smiling – at my principal. Surely he was joking. At that point in the year, I had only five students – four third graders and one fifth grader – in a self-contained special ed classroom for kids with severe emotional disturbances. They were children who had experienced extreme trauma and abuse, and who struggled to get through a day at school without an attack of panic, rage, or violence.

All five had gotten one’s – the lowest possible score – on the previous year’s math and reading tests. “Ms. It isn’t. Like this: The digital scholar and the academic job market: Including hyperlinks in your CV can make a big difference. How can academics ensure their job application stands out from the rest? Patrick Dunleavy advocates going fully digital , where clearly clickable and open-access hyperlinks are provided for all your publications, writings and alternative outputs.

Alongside the ease this provides the selection committee, adding digital links to all your recent top research articles will reassure UK selectors that your research falls under the HEFCE open access mandates for the next REF. The rules governing academic CVs and résumés are complex. And they are generally different from those applying to all other spheres of the job market.

In particular academic CVs often look as if they are lagging decades behind those in other sectors of life. Researchers still mostly operate with documents designed for paper printing only, set out in conservative ways and devoid of any digital content or functionality when looked at online. But are these features now overdue for change? Going Digital Taking the plunge Related. Digtal Scholarship and what it means to the modern academic. 5 Digital Literacy Skills All Modern Learners Should Have [Infographic] Having good digital literacy skills just makes sense in a digital world. The messages we create and consume, and the data we generate and absorb, require digital literacy skills to some degree. So if you’re new to them, start with checking out this infographic from Time to Know. It’s called Essential Digital Literacy Skills for the 21st Century Worker. This great graphic cites Professor Yoram Eshet, a leader in digital literacy research from the Open University of Israel.

Prof. Eshet published a paper in 2004 called Digital Literacy: A Conceptual Framework for Survival Skills in the Digital Era. It is just as relevant today, if not more so, than it was back then. The paper goes on to describe the 5 key digital literacy skills below, taken from the article itself: We agree with these skills wholeheartedly. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics. 10 work skills for the postnormal era – Work Futures. Scientific Researchers Need to Open Up to Collaboration | JSTOR Daily. What is Social Scholarship | IGI Global. Scholarship on Social Media and the Academic Self. Self-Citation and Blogging – Travis Holland – Medium. Laura Manning raises an interesting point regarding my previous post on Turnitin, which is that I could/should be self-citing my blog posts. I know where she’s coming from and I appreciate the suggestion. Picking it up, there are two distinct things I want to address: I’m not sure that self-citing of formulative blog posts quite fit into Clarke’s thinking (he says, for example: “It remains to be seen whether the maturation of electronic publishing will result in major changes to both journal papers and journals”).

Online writing practice has moved well ahead of academic practice.Regardless of citation, turnitin still picks up any and all quotes from elsewhere as plagiarised material, so even if I cite every line adapted from my own posts, it will significantly raise the plagiarism score. The first of these has the most scope for debate, as I think it is something to add to emerging debates about what ethical and practical citation practices are in the digital age. Public Writing and Digital Literacies – Travis Holland – Medium. Three things for context: For several years now, I’ve taught in a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies program where, unsurprisingly, blogging is a big part of the curriculum.In that time, a colleague has been slowly but surely marching our terminology away from “blogging” and toward the idea of public writing instead.I’ve also been facilitating digital literacy workshops, at the same university, across three campuses and half a dozen topics. We’ve reached a moment now where it is rather silly to even bother observing that our practices and adoption of the internet have changed writing.

Instead, it is time to consider the pedagogical imperative of networked public writing (that is, public writing on networks like Medium, Wordpress and Twitter). The outcome of helping students to be networked public writers is that they leave our programs equipped to engage in public conversations, civic life, and work. In response to these positions, David Leonard, for example, contends. Why I Won’t Use TurnItIn to Check My PhD Thesis – Travis Holland – Medium. I’m in the latter stages of preparing my PhD thesis for submission, and I’ve been told I have to submit the whole thesis through plagiarism-detection software turnitin.

But I’m not intending to do that, and here’s why. Firstly, I received an email from a manager at my university stating: There is now a requirement for you to put a draft of your research thesis through the turnitin text matching system before you submit it for examination. I replied, stating I have objections to turnitin, and asked the following questions: Could you please advise what is driving this requirement? The only question answered was the first — what is driving this requirement? It is intended to be a checking measure to ensure compliance with the academic integrity policies of the university. and I was fobbed off to the supposed instigator of the policy, the Dean of Research. I’m ccing your supervisors so you can discuss my response with them. This whole process can take 3 months Here’s how that works:

The care and feeding of digital scholarship – Duke Libraries + Digital Scholarship. In the best of all possible worlds, digital scholarly projects are simple and striking, robust and adept, and immortal. In the real world, however, such idealistic notions elide the attention and effort required to create and sustain digital scholarship, and overlook the intellectual insight and growth that can emerge in the process.

Digital scholarship is labor, producing effects and outcomes that its creators often did not imagine. At the 2017 Digital Scholarship Services Open House, Meredith Goldsmith captured this productive irony when she likened building and sustaining a digital project on mapping realistic literature (Mapping Literary Visions) to that infamous high school assignment on parenting: Meredith Goldsmith, Professor of English at Ursinus College and 2015-2016 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Fellow at Duke University I sort of feel like I’m a high school student in health class who’s been given a doll, and you have to feed it and take care of it, you know?

TDS_1 - OpenLearn - Open University - TDS_1. Why such a rapid pace of change? Change fatigue is the response individuals exhibit when the pace of change and the consistency of change becomes too much. Its symptoms are diverse including resistance to change, anxiety, withdrawal and anger. It is not surprising that change fatigue is common in schools, after all change seems to have become a permanent companion and the pace of change only seems to accelerate. For those driving change, there is a constant balancing act that we play between implementing change at the pace we feel is required, while avoiding overload. For those confronting change, there is the easy recourse of blaming those who are driving the change for the anxiety and stress that they feel. Questions are asked and fingers are pointed. Allegations of change for the sake of change are made and purposes are questioned. In this climate change becomes difficult and complex. Highly recommended reading:

THINK Global School - The World’s First Traveling High School. Thinking About “Learneracy” – Modern Learning – Medium. Choosing the (digital) pedagogical tool fit for the learning | the édu flâneuse. Source: @byrev The list of digital technologies that might be used for teaching and learning is extensive. E-learning technologies are sometimes defined as asynchronous (any-time) or synchronous (real-time). Flipped learning is that in which traditional teacher instruction is delivered between classes via online video or presentation technologies, and class time is used for application and collaboration. Blended learning melds traditional classroom pedagogies with online learning tools and environments. Rhizomatic learning, a loose appropriation of Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome in an educational context, is non-linear and not predetermined (Cormier, 2008; Koutropoulos, 2017) and heutagogical learning is self-determined (Hase & Kenyon, 2000, 2007; Netolicky, 2016).

Laurillard (2013) states that, while the scope and style of pedagogy changes as technology changes, no one has yet shown that we need to change our understanding of how students learn. Where is the pedagogy? MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes. For example, as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explain in their book, The Second Machine Age, when factory managers first replaced the steam engines used to power manufacturing equipment with electric motors, the new technology had little impact on productivity.

Initially, steam-powered factories organized equipment based on its proximity to a central steam engine, which powered the equipment through a branching system of axles, pulleys, gears, and crankshafts. Productivity gains came decades later when factory managers took advantage of electric motors to change the layouts of their factories. . – Thomas Arnett. The future of blogging is blogging. I need to learn to do a selfie face… Another of my annual goals was to write one blog post a week.

Unlike the books and film challenge, I fell short with this one, with 48 posts (including this one, may do another one yet). But I definitely upped my blogging game this year. It had rather drifted the past couple of years, and making myself write a post a week got me back into the habit. And I relearnt all the things I had discovered in those early years of blogging, such as the small, incidental thoughts are worth getting out there, that once you’re in the habit it becomes easier, that you can’t predict what will connect with people and, most importantly, this is where the fun stuff happens.

I think there is a mixture of feelings about blogging, and edublogging in particular. There is something in all of these. I have more reservations about this online space, and encouraging others to engage in it, than I used to. So, no the edublogosphere isn’t what it was. These Are The Job Skills Of The Future That Robots Can’t Master. We may live in a digital world, but soft skills like communication, problem solving, collaboration, and empathy are becoming more valued than technology, says Paul Roehrig, chief strategy officer for Cognizant Digital Business, a business and technology service provider.

“People skills are more and more important in an era where we have powerful and pervasive technology,” he says. “It sounds counterintuitive, but to beat the bot, you need to be more human.” When evaluating their hiring plans for 2017, 62% of employers rate soft skills as very important, according to CareerBuilder. But a recent survey by the Wall Street Journal found that 89% of executives are having a difficult time finding people with these qualities. If you haven’t upped your emphasis on soft skills, maybe it’s time to rethink your workplace strategy. Teaching employees soft skills boosts productivity and retention by 12%, delivering a 256% return on investment, according to a study from the University of Michigan. 1.

I'm Nowhere In-between: Why we need 'seriously uncool' criticism in education - Long View on Education. You know those t-charts that divide approaches to education into the old and the new? Of course you do. And I bet that were we both to take five minutes to reproduce one from memory, we would come up with roughly the same list. All we’d need to do then is choose a side. Or perhaps stake out a position somewhere in the middle, a blend of the two. Nothing too extreme. Let me show you one from nearly 100 years ago. I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about how we need to be critical of the list of ‘the new and modern’ because it’s always backed by a corporate push. But here is the problem. “In Latin America, socio- emotional skills are a big part of the gap between what employers need and what young people have. Think about that for a minute. But opposing this new ‘skills agenda’ doesn’t mean that I’m a traditionalist or trying to cut a middle ground.

Allow me to use a famous study to illustrate my point. Is that how we want to teach? School Should Be Impractical – The Synapse – Medium. Note: this originally appeared on my blog The Creative Classroom Schools are designed to be practical but this has a hidden drawback. Innovation is often impractical because it’s unpredictable. So, what if the push toward “practical skills” in school is actually making learning impractical? And what if impractical ideas and skills we ignore are actually what students will use later in life? The Impractical Idea Driving Space Innovation Every time you board a plane, you’re stepping into a vehicle that’s held together by glue. The same is true of most cars and trucks as well as spacecraft. Okay, nobody’s gluing your aircraft together with Elmer’s. Which leads to another random fact: the future of spacecraft involves geckos. With more accurate technology, scientists continue to explore the intricate details of gecko feet.

The Adjacent Possible Is Often Impractical I recently listened to a Surprisingly Awesome podcast about glue. It’s the idea of mental tinkering. Which leads back to geckos. A Field Guide to 'jobs that don't exist yet' - Long View on Education. The statistic you either love or hate Thanks to the Shift Happens videos (2007), you will likely be familiar with this statistic about the future of work: “The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” People repeat the claim again and again, but in slightly different forms. The Shift Happens video, originally made by Karl Fisch as a presentation and turned into a viral video by Scott Mcleod, situates the claim in Thomas Friedman’s ‘flat’ world perspective that concerns itself with America retaining a ‘comparative advantage’ in rapidly changing times.

“This is the last election for President of the 20th century and the first election for President of the 21st century. The brush Bill Clinton painted ‘free-trade’ with is still being used to color in an awful lot of education books in 2017: Future Proof? Databite No. 76: Neil Selwyn. How to be an effective knowledge worker and ‘manage yourself’ | Open Educational Thinkering.

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