What: Curry Research Conference
When: Friday, February 1, 2012
Where: Bavaro Hall (Halloway Hall will serve as the central check in location)
Who: Curry graduate students and invited presenters
DESCRIPTION: The conference will be an opportunity for students to share their education research with other Curry students and with faculty members.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Journals often publish a special issue focused on a specific topic. The Journal of Early Adolescence recently announced a special issue focusing on “Using Measurement to Understand and Impact Early Adolescents’ Experience in Schools.” Bridget Hamre, a Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Study on Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at Curry, will serve as a guest editor! Read the call for articles!
IS HIGHLIGHTING A WASTE OF TIME?
“In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us — from schoolchildren to college students to working adults — needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective.” Read more…
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING FILMAKER’S LIBRARY
In our newsletter last week, we told you about Filmakers Library. If you use the following link, Filmakers Library, you can get to the resource from either Off-Grounds or on-Grounds. Please contact Kay Buchanan by email or phone 434-982-2664, if you have any questions about accessing this or adding these documentaries to your Collab site if you want to use them in your course. Kay is working closely with Matt Ball, the Media Librarian in Clemons Library to make sure sure you can easily add these to your Collab site.
CREATING VIDEO CLIPS for COLLAB
Staff in the Robertson Media Center will digitize video clips for faculty to use for their teaching and research needs. To submit a request, click here to submit a request. Clips save time by isolating portions of videos to show in class, release faculty from the need to fast forward or watch previews, provide a consistent viewing experience, and allow collection of related material in one location. Clips can be used for in-class viewing on a DVD player and/or made available for streaming online within Collab.
The Adolescent Brain: Learning, Reasoning, and Decision Making 2012
Edited by Valerie F. Reyna, Sandra B. Chapman, Michael R. Dougherty, and Jere Confrey
If you want to add this Ebook to your Collab site, use this URL. http://proxy.its.virginia.edu/login?url=http://psycnet.apa.org/books/13493/
Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence
If you want to add this book to your Collab, use this URL. http://proxy.its.virginia.edu/login?url=http://psycnet.apa.org/books/13491/
DID YOU LOSE ANYTHING?
The CLIC, room 306 Bavaro is now the primary location for items “Lost and Found” in Bavaro Hall. There is also a lost and found located at the reception desk in the Shelia C. Johnson Center for Human Services on Bavaro Hall’s ground floor.
If you find or you have lost an item, please drop by the CLIC and look in the Lost and Found box, which is now located on shelves to the right just after you enter the CLIC. If you have lost an item such as jewelry, phones, keys or laptops, check with the CLIC librarians, as they keep those items in a secure storage drawer. All found items will be taken to the Newcomb Hall Information desk after one week. The Newcomb Hall Information Desk is located on the right side of the hallway as you enter the Newcomb Hall entrance on the West side opposite the bookstore.
This week we wanted to introduce an open access journal so we could highlight some points about open access journals in general. We define open access journals as scholarly, peer reviewed journals that are available via the Internet to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.” 1 Read Peter Suber’s “Open Access Overview” for a more complete explanation.
While open access is a distribution model, there are various business models that may be used to fund open access journals. There are two basic business models:
1) “Gold” in which the journal’s expenses are recovered by a publication fee which is charged after the article is accepted for publication. The fee for the “Gold” model could, for example, be paid for “out of the author’s pocket”, by the author using grant funding, by the university, etc.
2)”Green” in which the article is self-archived in a repository. There is no fee as for publishing as the publishing agency is sponsoring the cost.
We will continue this topic next week, until then, explore the websites for these journals, Sage Open or PLOS ONE including the author instructions. Note that while PLOS ONE is targeted for sciences, it may well become a model for other disciplines.
INTRODUCTION TO THE HathiTrust RESEARCH CENTER
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyber-infrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge. The HTRC will provision a secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using the HathiTrust Digital Library and will break new ground in the areas of text mining and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law.
PRIVACY PROBLEMS WITH MOBILE APPS
The Federal Trade Commission issued a new staff report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade,” examining the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and Apple App stores. The report details the results of the FTC’s second survey of kids’ mobile apps. Short on time, read the Summary.
Since FTC staff’s first survey of kids’ mobile apps in 2011, staff found little progress toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it. The report also finds that many of the apps surveyed included interactive features, such as connecting to social media, and sent information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties, without disclosing these practices to parents.
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
QUALITY COUNTS 2013
This year Education Week‘s annual report, Quality Counts 2013, takes on an issue with emotional as well as policy implications: the impact of a school’s social and disciplinary environment on teaching and learning. In Quality Counts 2013, Education Week’s reporters analyze the ways in which school climate can support—or hinder—academic achievement.
The report also continues the EPE Research Center’s annual practice of ranking the states on a range of key education indicators, and of awarding summative letter grades and scores for the states and for the nation, as a whole across six categories.
NCES RELEASES REPORT
The Projections of Education Statistics to 2021 provides national-level data on enrollment, teachers, high school graduates, and expenditures at the elementary and secondary school level and enrollment and earned degrees at the postsecondary level for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2021. This is the 40th edition of the publication first initiated in 1964.
REPORT ON REMEDIAL COURSETAKING
A new report from NCES looks at what kinds of students take remedial courses, and what kinds of institutions offer remedial courses more often. This Statistics in Brief report, First-year Undergraduate Remedial Coursetaking: 1999-2000, 2003-04, and 2007-08, uses data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to measure the frequency and change of remedial coursetaking in U.S. postsecondary institutions.
BETA DATA PORTAL
The European Commission Data Portal provides access to open public data from the European Commission. It also provides access to data of other European Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies at their request. The published data can be downloaded by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linking, and the creation of innovative services. Moreover, this Data Portal promotes and builds literacy around Europe’s data. The data publishers, application developers and the general public can also use new functionalities enabled by the semantic technologies. Note: This site is still in its beta version.
NEW STATE-LEVEL DATA
New state-level data on high school exit exams, college entrance and college and career readiness assessments, as well as state efforts to support college and career readiness standards, are now available on the State Education Reforms website. The State Education Reforms website, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than NCES, compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts. The new data can be easily located by the “Updated!” and “New!” tags next to the table titles.
How many babies are read or sung to? You can find this information at the website, Statistic Brain. The website provides education statistics as well as statistics for other disciplines that you may not have discovered on the traditional sources.