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Higher Ed Insight Wendy Erisman, Ph.D., owner of Strix Research LLC, specializes in assessing the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to support underserved students in higher education. In 14 years of working in higher education, Dr. Erisman has held positions as both a university faculty member and as a policy researcher and program evaluator. She has training and experience in research and evaluation design, strong skills in qualitative research methods, and a solid grounding in the literature on college access and success for low-income, first-generation, and non- traditional students. Dr. Erisman’s current projects include evaluations of Lumina Foundation’s Adult College Completion Initiative and the federal Department of Education project Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities.

What Are The Advantages of Using Independent Consultants to Carry Out Research Within a Company? Independent Consultants, as explained by DJS Research Ltd. There are a number of advantages that make the use of independent consultants necessary whilst carrying out research in your own business: Primarily, using an independent consultant from outside your own company removes any suspicion of bias in the findings. Bias, be it perceived or actual, can cast a shadow over research and is unnecessary. Secondly, to an inexperienced onlooker, qualitative research may look easy but this is certainly not the case. To gain the most from the research, the services of an experienced and trained professional are essential.

32 Innovative (Free!) Online Educational Tools to Try in 2015 Want to be a better student? There are literally thousands of apps for that. Not to mention a wide array of other online learning tools. From PhD to Life: Independent Consulting Alisa Harrison earned her PhD in history from Duke University. She’s principal at A. Harrison Research & Consulting and the executive director of the Victoria (British Columbia) Division of Family Practice. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? I wanted work that would be intellectually as well as socially/politically engaging; I felt like the combination of research and teaching would give me that, and my research focus did lend itself quite strongly to political/social activism. At the same time, I struggled with the idea of working so hard to publish in places where the audience would be small, so I was always thinking about ways I could bridge the academia/non-academia gap, at least in terms of publishing.

Research consultancy: taking the plunge? On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems, organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D. students think about what are the career opportunities after they finish. It was a very inspiring day, with many interesting presentations and interactions. I was asked to present my perspective on how to set up and survive as a small (i.e. one-man) research consultancy company. In this post, a quick summary of the points I made in my talk. 7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart Last winter I made a series of charts in which I compared popular ed tech tools. I'm now going through those charts and removing some tools and adding some new ones. The chart embedded below is the updated version of my chart comparing seven tools for creating multimedia quizzes.

The Academic Consultant Over the past year, I made the decision to begin my own business as a consultant in sport science support and environmental ergonomics. On top of a booming research lab and a full teaching load, not to mention a growing young family, why would I take on this new venture? Simply put, the excitement of starting a new venture is too much fun to pass up and an excellent opportunity for personal growth. I love being in academia and am nowhere near giving it up. However, the entrepreneurial spirit that I believe lies within all academics made starting a business a relatively natural extension of my growth as a researcher. That, plus the desire to directly apply research knowledge, pushed me toward setting up an independent consultancy.

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