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kvdmerwe

Communication as a form of learning - 2 views

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    Libraries have long been a source of mostly free information for many people dating back to the Library of Alexandria. Early libraries used scrolls, but Tod Colgrove suggests that more learning may have taken place via person to person learning in those spaces, then from the scrolls themselves. 2000 years later, although we have vastly upgraded the technology and have an abundance of information at our fingertips, right now we are still learning from each other by taking part in this MOOC and sharing our information and knowledge so that we can learn from each other. Another important point Colgrove makes is that as long as librarians can come up with cutting edge ways to share knowledge, there will be a place for libraries in our schools and public places.
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    Libraries have a role to play in our lives and the libraries of the past did the same on our ancestors. They continue to undergo metamorphosis in response to the demands of the future. Viva the spirit and the resilience of libraries!
kvdmerwe

Will we ever agree on anything? - 2 views

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    Peter Downes wrote this blog criticizing the Cape Town Declaration. It was very interesting reading in terms of looking at the issues from different perspectives. I did not agree on everything he wrote, but the following paragraph was resonated in my mind as I read it. I DID , however add a word - in parenthesis. "If there is anything that could be thought of as a truism in contemporary education, it is the idea that we are all learners and that we are all teachers. The idea of lifelong learning makes explicit the former idea, and the principles of learner-centered, constructive and inquiry-based learning make explicit the latter. Knowledge - particularly social and public knowledge - is not something that is (only) produced by a hothouse meeting of experts, but rather, is produced through a process of dialogue and conversation".
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    The fact is someone had to initiate and ask for comments. The door might not have been widened enough as the author comments. It is perhaps time to understand that in as much as we would like to live in an open world, our views will always diverging to a number of directions.
kvdmerwe

Medieval Access to information - 4 views

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    This interesting inset describes an early classification system for medieval manuscripts, taking early steps to make information easier to access. I thought that it would be interesting to add for the group.
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    The reality is the present is the foundation for the future. The medieval libraries were effective and serving the needs of that generation. The same generation found loopholes that led to the development of what we call modern libraries. We no w know who to thanks for the wonderful and life and time saving GPS!
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    The future will always trace its existence from the past which laid down the foundation. The shape of the libraries of the future is being crafted now. The GPS we see now has its roots in the Medieval libraries.
diigoname2

Open Access as a Factor of Enhancing of the Global Information Flow - 3 views

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    "The paper reveals the historical process of the emergence of the phenomenon of Open Access."
diigoname2

Deconstructing Wikipedia: Collaborative Content Creation in an Open Process Platform - 0 views

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    "This small pilot study suggests that the article creation process may more closely mirror the traditional writer/editor process than it does the "crowd as writer-editor". It also raises questions about potential changes in how people view the content creation process."
diigoname2

New online library aims to 'equalise' science education - University World News - 6 views

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    This is really a good initiative. One can only wish that African states finally realize that internet access is no longer a privilege but a right because without it such brilliant initiatives do not spread to all corners of the developing world.
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    I like the "equalization" word, even if it seems to make it too simple, but it is also making it sound possible
kvdmerwe

Guidelines for peer reviewers - 0 views

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    This is a useful guide for peer reviewers.
kvdmerwe

Scholarly Publishing in South Africa - 0 views

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    This is core notes from a one day seminar in 2012 (http://www.stm-assoc.org/events/academic-and-professional-publishing-in-south-africa/) on academic publishing in South Africa and Africa. in South Africa it would seem that there are many barriers to prevent scholars from producing and publishing their work. Although these barriers are a huge concern, there is a wealth of information being gathered and research being completed. This article is interesting as it shortly summarizes the challenges for academic work to get published in Africa.
Ana Muñoz de Rivera

Open Journals - 0 views

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    Life Science, Medical Science, Engineering and Pharma
Julia Echeverría

African Knowledge & Innovation - Scenarios for the Future - Jeremy de Beer - 0 views

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    Cape Town, 10 December 2013 - This is a presentation to the combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa, www.openair.org.za/capetown2013.
dudeec

Gates Foundation to require immediate free access for journal articles - 2 views

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    Breaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn't kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long as their paper is freely available within 12 months.
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    I did a quick search in the Web of Science database to see home many papers have received funding from the Gates Foundation. Since 2000, more than six thousand research papers have received funding from the Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation; more that one thousand per year since 2011. Most of these papers are in the infectious diseases, immunology, and public health area. In the big scheme of scientific publications, this is just a small number. But with their well-known name, this is a good sign.
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    One must start form somewhere, and this is a good start for changing the attitude towards open access.
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    Estoy de acuerdo con lo que plantean los autores, debemos volvernos seres con iniciativa, y no esperar a que el conocimiento nos llegue, nos debemos acercar a éste.
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    This serves as a significant catalyst to change the mentality of both the researcher and the funder. The Gates Foundation is a leading organization in resolving world health issues. This action demonstrates their drive and desire toward their cause; and will hopefully it will start a trend amongst authors and other research funding NGOS.
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    As mentioned in class discussions, this is the only reasonable response. Bill and Melinda have put their time forth into creating charities, and attempting to control content which was given from charitable grants is lunacy. It is comforting to see the Gates foundation scrapping the 6-12 month window of restriction. WIth this said that said, this draws interesting parallels with journals that receive government grants due to the fact that the privately sold resource is already being funded by the tax payers.
Julia Echeverría

Publishing innovation - 1 views

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    There is one point in student and publishing en general, it will go on with non stop from now on. Digital publishing is low cost and a great help to student and any person as well.
Julia Echeverría

Medical Template for articulate storyline - 2 views

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    I like this article because give us templates to work and the possibility to create.
clagvel67

mooc más pedagógicos - 0 views

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    La educación a distancia requiere de compartir recursos de manera libre para adquirir conocimiento y generarlo de la misma manera.
Rosa Munoz-Luna

http://www.sedoptica.es/Menu_Volumenes/autores.php - 2 views

Estupendo avance, y un ejemplo a seguir para futuras revistas y maneras de compartir el conocimiento.

Module 9 publishing Open new business model open access

fraup74

Lists Related to the Open Access Movement - 2 views

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    Lists cover a range of topics related to: institutions that support open access, university actions for open access or against high journal prices, what you can do to help the cause of open access, etc.
c maggard

Bring developing companies on-board - 1 views

The overarching theme this week is getting developing countries on-board. The videos presented made a good argument, and rightly pointed out that the main consumers of MOOCs, and indeed to the tech...

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fraup74

Information Literacy and Engaging the 21st Century Learner - 4 views

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    This video highlights ways in which educators (and parents) can incorporate 21st century skills in their lessons to digital natives. Admittedly, as a teacher, I get overwhelmed by all of the information out there and feel pressure to use technology that I'm still learning to be comfortable with. This is a good video that can show you how to get started, geared more towards middle/upper school.
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    The video begins with 3 minutes of visuals and - very annoying - piano music. I would have turned it off after 30 seconds because I assumed that there would be 13 minutes of this. But since fraup74 says it was a good video I skipped ahead to see if there was more. Otherwise, I would not have persevered. In terms of content, it is a good basic resource (a woman speaks, using screenshots to show how to use online tools). The video is not very engaging.
Julia Echeverría

Transitioning to College via a MOOC - 7 views

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    Coming soon to MITx on edX is a new kind of MOOC-a MOOC to help high school students better prepare for college. Many students who arrive at college find themselves struggling with the courses they must take, as their high school experience has not provided them with the necessary preparation to do well at college....
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    Preparatory courses for the next study level are a good idea in many countries. The MOOC form can be really a good experience for the future college students both from the subject content and technology use point of view.
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    Bookmarking this as I have two students at home who enjoy learning via MOOCs.
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    I took this coursera course in the summer - Learning How to Learn - https://www.coursera.org/course/learning It was really well put together with lots of practical ideas to implement right away. It's being offered regularly and is only 4 weeks long, very worthwhile.
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