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New Report From Ithaka S+R: “Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities: Opportunities and Challenges”

New Report From Ithaka S+R: “Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities: Opportunities and Challenges”

“From an Introductory Blog Post to by Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R:

Our researchers at Ithaka S+R, with funding from Lumina Foundation, undertook a study over the course of the 2013/2014 academic year to understand the current environment for public research universities. We interviewed 214 individuals, including academic administrators, directors of online learning, chief financial officers, career services staff, and department chairs, and we discovered clear areas where PFN institutions can do more to stimulate transformational change.

The resulting report, Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities: Opportunities and Challenges, explores how ten member institutions of the Public Flagships Network (PFN) are pursuing solutions for their campuses.

Through this work, we uncovered answers to key questions: What barriers stand in the way of the wide-spread adoption of technology-enhanced education? What strategies are these universities pursuing to meet the changing needs of their students? What incentives can they offer faculty to experiment with innovative teaching models? We also developed a series of recommended strategies institutions can pursue immediately to help achieve their goals.

Direct to Full Text Report (43 pages; PDF)

Note: Some of the findings in today’s report were highlighted in an Ithaka Issue Brief published on April 24, 2014, “Technology To The Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges?”

 

Stephen

Posted on: December 28, 2014, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

How newspapers lost the Millenials

How newspapers lost the Millennials

http://newsosaur.blogspot.ca/2014/12/how-newspapers-lost-millenials.html

Snippets:

“The inability of newspapers to resonate with digital natives has left them with a daunting demographic challenge. Two-thirds of the audience at the typical newspaper is composed of people over the age of 55, according to Greg Harmon of Borrell Associates. “The newspaper audience ages another year every year,” he adds. “Everyone’s hair ought to be on fire.” ”

“In the interests of tuning into the thinking of those elusive twenty- and thirty-somethings, a newspaper client recently brought a panel of them to a strategy session. Here is what we learned:

:: The Millenials said the only media that matter to them are the social media, where they get current news about their friends, as well as cues to other interesting or relevant content.

:: They put a great deal of trust in recommendations from their friends but are not motivated by loyalty to media brands.

:: They will click on whatever content interests or amuses them, and they make no distinction among news, entertainment and advertising.

:: They prefer graphic content – images, videos, GIFs, infographics, etc. – over text.

:: They will buy a book, vinyl record or other physical artifact that they view as a collectible, but see no value in paying for access to ephemeral headlines that are freely available everywhere.

:: They are turned off by the dispassionate voice that characterizes conventional media, preferring treatments that evoke an emotional response.

:: They are smart, engaged and want juicy articles that take stands on important topics.

:: They will exercise the full power of choice made possible by their always-on mobile devices.

:: They are decisive. If they don’t like the content they are getting, they will make their own.”

 

Stephen

Posted on: December 28, 2014, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

Altmetric Releases List of Top 100 Academic Papers of 2014 Based on Media Mentions, Tweets, Etc.

Altmetric Releases List of Top 100 Academic Papers of 2014 Based on Media Mentions, Tweets, Etc.

“If you enjoy/find useful lists and rankings the annual waterfall of year-end lists is underway!

This list one uses Altmetric (the UK-based company) technology/methodology to rank the Top 100 academic papers of 2014.

Clicking a link below each article on the list provides expanded data about it including media mentions, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. Clicking the title itself takes you to the full text or to the journal paywall.

Direct to Altmetric 2014 Top 100

From the Altmetric Blog:

Based on data we’ve collated over the year, the list takes into account all mentions and shares of articles published from November 2013 onwards in mainstream and social media, blogs, post-publication peer-review forums, bookmarking sites and platforms such as Reddit and YouTube.

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We’ve excluded editorial, comment and review content, as we wanted to focus specifically on original research. The data can be filtered by discipline, journal, institution, country, and access type – and you can click through to view the Altmetric details page will all of the original mentions and shares for each article.

The blog post continues with a geographic breakdown of the Top 100.

The 2014 Top 100 in summary

  • The top scoring article (at the point of data collection on the 14th of November 2014), published in PNAS in June 2014, was “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks”.
  • 51 of the articles in the list have been published since the beginning of May this year (the others were published between November 2013 and the end of April 2014)
  • 37 of the articles in the top 100 were published as open access (63 were published under the paywall/subscription model, although some have now been made free)
  • 16 of the Top 100 were published in Nature, 11 in Science, 9 in PloS ONE, 8 in PNAS, and 4 in JAMA
  • 68 of the Top 100 had authors from the United States, 19 had authors from the UK, 10 from Canada, 11 from Germany (the most in Europe), 4 from China, and 9 from South or Central America
  • Top performing institutions include Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health – whose authors featured on 15 articles in total. Authors from institutions that are part of the University of California System featured on 10 articles. In the UK 3 articles featured authors from the University of Cambridge, and 3 from the University of Oxford.

Direct to Altmetric 2014 Top 100
The list can be sorted by journal, institution, category, country, and access type (paywall or open).

See Also: Altmetric 2013 Top 100

Stephen

Posted on: December 28, 2014, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

2015 The Year of the Crowd

2015 The Year of the Crowd

http://www.slideshare.net/jeremiah_owyang/leweb-deck-2015-the-year-of-the-crowd 

Stephen

Posted on: December 27, 2014, 7:09 am Category: Uncategorized

2015 Digital Trends Report

2015 Digital Trends Report

Stephen

Posted on: December 27, 2014, 7:03 am Category: Uncategorized

How to care for introverts

How to care for introverts

http://kottke.org/14/12/how-to-care-for-introverts

“This list (found here) of how to care for introverts still hit me like a pile of bricks.

1. Respect their need for privacy.
2. Never embarrass them in public.
3. Let them observe first in new situations.
4. Give them time to think; don’t demand instant answers.
5. Don’t interrupt them.
6. Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives.
7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing.
8. Reprimand them privately.
9. Teach them new skills privately.
10. Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests & abilities.
11. Don’t push them to make lots of friends.
12. Respect their introversion; don’t try to remake them into extroverts.”

Stephen

Posted on: December 27, 2014, 6:26 am Category: Uncategorized

Facebook And YouTube Account For Almost 40% Of All Mobile Internet Traffic

Facebook And YouTube Account For Almost 40% Of All Mobile Internet Traffic

http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-and-youtube-account-for-almost-40-of-all-mobile-internet-traffic-2014-12

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Stephen

Posted on: December 26, 2014, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized