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How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)

How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)
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As We May Think - Vannevar Bush As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. For years inventions have extended man's physical powers rather than the powers of his mind. This has not been a scientist's war; it has been a war in which all have had a part. For the biologists, and particularly for the medical scientists, there can be little indecision, for their war has hardly required them to leave the old paths. It is the physicists who have been thrown most violently off stride, who have left academic pursuits for the making of strange destructive gadgets, who have had to devise new methods for their unanticipated assignments.

Course Overview - Learning Creative Learning Course Syllabus The Syllabus for Spring 2014 is a work in progress. You can find the 2013 syllabus here. 1 - Creative Learning (18 March 2014) Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Philipp Schmidt Readings: Activity: Read Seymour Papert’s essay on Gears of My Childhood and write about an object from your childhood that interested and influenced you. 2 - Projects (25 March) Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Joren Lauwers Natalie Rusk, Mitch Resnick, Robbie Berg, & Margaret Pezalla-Granlund (2008). Create a Scratch project about things you like to do. 3 - Passion (1 April) Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Jackie Gonzalez, Jaleesa Trapp Visit a local creative learning space, and discuss how it supports creative learning experiences. Projects - What kinds of projects are people working on? 4 - Peers (8 April) Storytellers: Philipp Schmidt, Kristen Swanson, Bekka Kahn, and Delia Browne Philipp Schmidt: The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme. 5 - Play (15 April)

To Know, but Not Understand: David Weinberger on Science and Big Data - David Weinberger In an edited excerpt from his new book, Too Big to Know, David Weinberger explains how the massive amounts of data necessary to deal with complex phenomena exceed any single brain's ability to grasp, yet networked science rolls on. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington recorded daily weather observations, but they didn't record them hourly or by the minute. Not only did they have other things to do, such data didn't seem useful. How will we ever make sense of scientific topics that are too big to know? This would not be the first time. In this excerpt from my new book, Too Big To Know, we'll look at a key property of the networking of knowledge: hugeness. In 1963, Bernard K. If science looked like a chaotic brickyard in 1963, Dr. Indeed, networked fact-based brickyards are a growth industry. There are three basic reasons scientific data has increased to the point that the brickyard metaphor now looks 19th century. Second, the economics of sharing have changed. Dr. Images: 1-3.

Strategies for Online Teaching Online teaching is increasingly common at many types of higher education institutions, ranging from hybrid courses that offer a combination of in-person and online instruction, to fully online experiences and distance learning. The following resources provide guidelines for creating an online course, best practices for teaching online, and strategies for assessing the quality of online education. CRLT Occasional Paper #18: Online Teaching (Zhu, Dezure, & Payette, 2003) This paper explores key questions to consider when planning an online course and provides guidelines for effective instructional practices. Instructional Design (Illinois Online Network) An ever-changing collection of articles related to teaching online (including Tip of the Month), basic resources, and spotlight issues. The site provides a summary of instructional strategies for online course. Teaching College Courses Online vs.

Science publishing: The paper is not sacred Two months after we started a blog that tracks scientific retractions — Retraction Watch — in 2010, one of us (A.M.) told The New York Times that we weren't sure we would have enough material to post with any regularity. That concern turned out to be unfounded — in just 16 months, we have written about some 250 retractions. Little did we know that, in scientific publishing, 2011 would become the Year of the Retraction. Here's what grabbed everyone's attention: retractions have increased 15-fold over the past decade, while the number of papers has risen by less than 50% (see Nature 478, 26–28; 2011). It is not clear why, and it is always dangerous to draw too many conclusions from what is a relatively rare occurrence — some 300 retractions among 1.4 million papers published annually. About 90 retractions, after all, have come from one author, Joachim Boldt, a German anaesthesiologist, largely because he failed to obtain the appropriate approvals for his research. Too laissez-faire?

51 Education Podcasts For The 21st Century Teacher Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Even though podcasts have been around awhile, a lot of people still don’t utilize the hundreds of free podcasts available on the Internet. Below are 51 educational podcasts you should look consider. 51 Education Podcasts For The 21st Century Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. eCorner: This podcast, titled Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, explores the principles that create successful business owners and leaders. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51.

Infographic: How to read a scientific paper Mastering this skill can help you excel at research, peer review – and writing your own papers By Natalia Rodriguez Posted on 5 August 2015 Natalia Rodriquez is Communications Coordinator at Research4Life. Much of a scientist’s work involves reading research papers, whether it’s to stay up to date in their field, advance their scientific understanding, review manuscripts, or gather information for a project proposal or grant application. Research papers follow the well-known IMRD format — an abstract followed by the Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Reading a scientific paper should not be done in a linear way (from beginning to end); instead, it should be done strategically and with a critical mindset, questioning your understanding and the findings. Here are some tips for reading and understanding research papers. References Lenny Rhine. Related resources Research4Life Training Portal: A platform with free downloadable resources for researchers. Elsevier Connect Contributor

FLC-PPT-Plus - Multimodal Essay Your second major writing project will be a multimodal (i.e., print, audio, and video) essay in the form of either a powerpoint (note the small "p") slideshow with audio, a video, a podcast, or some combination of them. It is designed to allow you to display your knowledge and research in a multimedia format: you should use graphics, photos, embedded audio and video and whatever else you need to develop your position. The topic is currently TBA (check back later); it should be very narrow in scope, must wrestle with various positions and points of view, and must include cited sources (i.e., research). Use PowerPoint, Keynote, iMovie, Windows MovieMaker, Garageband,, or any other software that will help you.Dates Due: Storyboard due TAB at 11:59 p.m.; Rough Draft due TBA at 11:59 p.m.; Final Draft due TBA, at 11:59 p.m. Slideshow (powerpoint) Other Tools Specific Requirements: You must complete a storyboard for your project one week before the rough draft is due. Submission:

psychology_study_that_induced_the_reproducibility_crisis_was_wrong Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan magazine and WME Live Remember that study that found that most psychology studies were wrong? Yeah, that study was wrong. That’s the conclusion of four researchers who recently interrogated the methods of that study, which itself interrogated the methods of 100 psychology studies to find that very few could be replicated. (Whoa.) Rachel E. In case you missed the hullabaloo: A key feature of the scientific method is that scientific results should be reproducible—that is, if you run an experiment again, you should get the same results. That meta-analysis, published in Science by a group called the Open Science Collaboration, led to mass hand-wringing over the “replicability crisis” in psychology. Now this new commentary, from Harvard’s Gary King and Daniel Gilbert and the University of Virginia’s Timothy Wilson, finds that the OSC study was bogus—for a dazzling array of reasons.