21st-century Scholarship and Wikipedia | Ariadne Printer-friendly version Send to friend Amber Thomas explores the ways in which emerging research practices and Wikipedia illustrate the changing boundaries of academic work. Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most-used Web site , is a good illustration of the growing credibility of online resources. The EduWiki Conference in September 2012  organised by Martin Poulter, brought together educators and Wikipedia authors to explore the ways that we can develop Wikipedia contribution and use. I presented on 21st-century Scholarship and the role of Wikipedia. Scholarship Is Evolving There are growing trends in the way that researchers work. Figure 1: Four directions in which scholarship is evolving Trend One: The Wiki Way aka Perpetual Beta A common phrase in Web software development is 'perpetual beta'. ‘Wiki’ famously comes from a Maori word 'wiki', meaning a particular type of fast bus. I think both of these trends are manifested in emerging scholarly practices. Trend Two: Many Eyes Conclusion
Online resources (The University of Manchester Library Better safe than sorry: proofreading your work Proofreading is a crucial step before submitting any piece of work; it is your opportunity to check that you have answered the question fully, that your writing is clear and easy for the reader to understand, and that there aren’t any mistakes or inaccuracies in your work. This resource explores three vital elements to review when proofreading – flow, clarity and accuracy – and gives you a chance to learn about and apply some techniques to ensure that you check your work properly. Duration: 15 minutes Format: Online tutorial Citing it right: introducing referencing You need to reference the sources you use in your academic work. This resource explores the principles behind referencing, highlighting why it is good academic practice. Critical appraisal for medical and health sciences Thousands of research papers are published every month; they can vary in quality and many will not be relevant to your practice. First impressions count.
Digital Literacy Statements | Professionalism in the Digital Environment (PriDE) From the outset, the PriDE project will be interested in exploring what it means to be ‘digitally literate’ within the subject disciplines. The Faculty Learning Communities discussed this idea in their creative think tank sessions with the aim of articulating a digital literacy definition for each Faculty or School. These digital literacy definitions have been shared with the wider community on this blog as one of the project outputs. These statements are also joined by a list of Faculty digital literacy attributes for learners. The stakeholders in the Faculty Learning Communities devised and then refined a set of digital literacy competencies for learners based on the JISC Learning Literacies Development Framework. The digital literacy attributes for each Faculty and School are made available below. Faculty of Engineering and Design learner digital literacy attributes PDF Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences learner digital literacy attributes PDF Like this: Like Loading...
Website evaluation - Study Skills - Upgrade Study Advice Service It can be hard to know what you're looking at on the web. Is it any good? Can you use it for your assignment or research? Is it good solid research, by qualified and reputable people, or is it…. just something random …You need to know, because YOU are responsible for the quality of information you use. Evaluating web sources (Oxford Brookes Library guide). You can use any of these sets of criteria if you are asked to evaluate sources as a set piece of work.
From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments Academic Commons. January 7th 2009 Most university classrooms have gone through a massive transformation in the past ten years. I’m not talking about the numerous initiatives for multiple plasma screens, moveable chairs, round tables, or digital whiteboards. There is something in the air, and it is nothing less than the digital artifacts of over one billion people and computers networked together collectively producing over 2,000 gigabytes of new information per second. This new media environment can be enormously disruptive to our current teaching methods and philosophies. The sheer quantity of information now permeating our environment is astounding, but more importantly, networked digital information is also qualitatively different than information in other forms. Physical, Social, and Cognitive Structures Working Against Us But there are many structures working against us. Many faculty may hope to subvert the system, but a variety of social structures work against them. Notes 1.
a literature review as collective and inner library I recently mentioned in passing in this blog, in relation to writing book reviews in fact, the book by Pierre Bayard provocatively entitled How to talk about books you haven’t read (2007). I want to suggest now that this is actually a book worth reading – not so that you can literally do what the title suggests, although you might feel this is very acceptable after you’ve read it – but rather worth reading for the key points that Bayard makes. I contend that these are as relevant to academic reading – and the dreaded ‘literature review’ in particular – as any of the how-to-do it texts, including my own. The first section of the book – on books you haven’t read, books you’ve skimmed, books you’ve never heard of and books you’ve forgotten – contains ideas highly relevant to academic work. Bayard takes from Musil the idea that it is never possible to read everything and foolish to try or pretend. Understanding this might remove some of the guilt and shame from the literatures task.
Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8) Jump to navigation Educator Subnav Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8) Related resources Share on print Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest_share Share on email Related resources Curriculum MaterialsScope & SequenceNEW! Materiales en español ¡Nuevo! ¡Nuevo! ¡Nuevo! Lesson in Action Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websiteswatchdownload right click to save Family Resources Research and Evaluation Family Tip Sheet (Middle & High School) Key Vocabulary trustworthy: accurate and dependablepublish: to present a finished piece of work to the publicevaluate: to carefully examine something to figure out its valuecriteria: standards on which you base a judgment or decision When can you trust what you find on the Internet? Students explore the idea that anyone can publish on the Internet, so not all sites are equally trustworthy. Download Lesson Materials As a class, students discuss how print materials (books and newspaper or magazine articles) are published. Teaching Plans
video-planning-home A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Producing a video can be a time consuming and potentially very expensive process, whether you are doing it yourself or employing an external supplier. Image by Jisc. The normal course of a video production tends to separate into three discrete phases: pre-production (or planning), production (or shooting) and post production (primarily editing); the production phase is covered in depth in our video production infokit. Planning a video production is much like planning any other activity that requires a degree of forethought. During the planning phase you will need to consider: Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants: Some Thoughts from the Generation Gap Note: This article was originally published in The Technology Source ( as: Timothy VanSlyke "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants: Some Thoughts from the Generation Gap" The Technology Source, May/June 2003. Available online at The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher. In a two-part series entitled "Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives," Marc Prensky (2001a and 2001b) employs an analogy of native speakers and immigrants to describe the generation gap separating today's students (the "digital natives") from their teachers (the "digital immigrants"). The digital natives Prensky describes are surrounded by digital media to such an extent that their very brain structures may be different from those of previous generations: Digital Natives are used to receiving information really fast. Prensky's analogy struck a chord for me. Bridging the Gap: New Technologies, New Languages A Counterargument References
Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices January 7, 2013 By: Emily A. Moore in Online Education If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news. However, chances are you’ll need to make extensive changes — both to your existing PowerPoint slides, and to how you deliver them. As concise as possible Organized logically (no skipping around) Relevant to the important concepts you’re trying to convey (as opposed to spending equal time on minor points or details) Rich with stories, personal examples, and/or examples that clarify and amplify the important concepts Primarily visual (very little text presented on any screen) Broken down into separate 2-7 minute recordings, each based around a single concept Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to adapt face-to-face lectures for effective online presentation. Break long lectures into five minute (or so) chunks. Emily A.
Jorum Authors: Matt Tams, Katy Wrathall, Debbi Boden-Angell Created: 1 August 2013, by York St John University Designed for you to work through at your own pace, York St John’s online information and digital literacies study skills package SMILE provides guidance and supports on key academic and employability skills. This new version builds on the work completed at University of Worcester, Loughborough University and Imperial College London as part of the JISC ReProduce project, and latterly by Glasgow Caledonian University. It has units covering: Making the transition Understanding the question Organising your time Gathering, finding, evaluating, managing and communicating information Plagiarism Referencing systems Your online presence (digital footprint) Published: 1 August 2013, by York St John University Keywords: HE, SMILE, academic, academic skills, blended learning, digital literacy, information literacy, online, self study, study methods , undergraduate More
Pathways | Using | Assess your skills | Being Digital | Open University Library Services When you select a pathway, you will see a number of activities on a particular theme. Pathways allow you to develop a deeper understanding of a topic. You can work through the activities in your chosen pathway in any order. Activities will open in a new tab or window. When you have finished the activity, close the tab or window to return to this page. The icon next to each activity helps you to identify the format used (e.g. activity, video, audio, or external resource). Viewing all pathways This is a list of all the pathways available. Assess your skills Assess your familiarity and confidence with online tools and environments and find out which activities can help you develop your skills further. Start pathway Avoiding plagiarism Learn to recognise what plagiarism is, the forms it can take and how to avoid it by developing your skills. Start pathway Communicating online How can you ensure your interactions with others online are appropriate and effective? Start pathway Effective searching
Cost of Freedom - collaborative book on Freedom and Culture Once marginal, the free culture is today on the edge of becoming the new normal thanks to the Internet while being threatened in its fundamentals by its own success. The many contributions in this book offer a unique snapshot of its dreads and interrogations, and a tentative program for the reader to reflect on the future of freedom in our times. Freedom comes with many costs, not least responsibility. Social, psychological, financial, bodily, emotional: known and unknown costs, often to bystanders, turn any strategy to gain and protect freedom into an ambiguous quest. Considering the costs borne by millions to obtain, for example, freedom from slavery or freedom to vote, free knowledge movements seem rather safe and straightforward. This book is born in an attempt to free Bassel Khartabil, loved and celebrated Internet volunteer detained in Syria since 15 March 2012. Finally, the fourth part AFFORDANCES offers a reflection on theories and successful practices of free culture.
How Google Impacts The Way Students Think How Google Impacts The Way Students Think by Terry Heick It’s always revealing to watch learners research. When trying to understand complex questions often as part of multi-step projects, they often simply “Google it.” Why do people migrate? Where does inspiration come from? How do different cultures view humanity differently? Literally Google it. And you see knowledge as searchable, even though that’s not how it works. 1. Google is powerful, the result of a complicated algorithm that attempts to index human thought that has been digitally manifest. The result? 2. When students are looking for an “answer,” good fortune sees them arrive at whatever they think they’re looking for, where they can (hopefully) evaluate the quality and relevance of the information, cite their source, and be on their merry way. But with the cold logistics of software, having come what they were looking for, learners are left with the back-button, a link on the page they’re on, or a fresh browser tab. 3.