New Study of Online Student Market
“A new study of the online student market, released on Wednesday, corroborates many of the trends seen among students who enroll in fully online undergraduate or graduate programs. The findings of the study, a joint project of Aslanian Market Research and the educational technology company Learning House, include:
The full study, of 1,500 graduates, students or future students of fully online programs, is available here.”
“Well, there’s bad news for the few of you who still had any interest in buying a new VCR for some reason: Funai Electric, a Japanese company that was the last bastion of VCR production,is turning off the assembly line by the end of July.
The decidedly not-shocking news comes after Funai reported sales of just 750,000 VCR units last year, after selling 15 million on an annual basis at its peak.
I know what you’re thinking: Almost a million people bought VCRs in 2015? That’s pretty surprising, but there is a collector’s market for these things.”
If your library is still trying to wrest a few circs from tapes you might want to buy a back-up quickly (or on eBay). Or maybe aftermarket nostalgia manufacturing will occur like for vinyl turntables.
It’s my insight that it’s not about great listening skills but more about ‘understanding’. It’s a good article anyway.
“International Benchmarks for Academic Library Use of Bibliometrics and Altmetrics, 2016-17 is aresearch report (fee-based) from the Primary Research Group (PRG). A few highlights follow.
Ordering information is available here.
This study presents data from 20 predominantly research universities in the USA, continental Europe, the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand. Among the survey participants are: Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya the University at Albany, the University of Melbourne, Florida State University, the University of Alberta and Victoria University of Wellington.
The report gives detailed data on the use of various bibliometric and altmetric tools such as Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scimago, Plum Analytics, and many, many others. The 114-page report presents detailed information on staffing, budgets, marketing, sources of demand, technology and other factors in bibliometric and altmetric service development.
Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
- Institutions cited by survey participants for excellence in bibliometrics or altmetrics were: Georgia State University, Yale University, the University of New South Wales, the National Library of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh, among others.
- 50% of the institutions sampled help their researchers to obtain a Thomsen/Reuters Researcher ID.
- A 60 percent majority said demand for bibliometric services increased slightly, 10 percent said it increased considerably, and 5 percent said demand fell somewhat. A quarter of the participants said demand for bibliometric services at their institution remained about the same over the past two years.
- Academic department heads accounted for a mean of 24.38% of the demand for bibliometric services from the libraries sampled.
- Just 5% of those surveyed use Facebook Insights in their altmetrics efforts.
Six pages of material from the report can be accessed here at no charge.
The complete table of contents is also available.”