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Mathieu Plourde

Researchers Are Pushing Back Against Elsevier's Open-Access Publishing Fees - 0 views

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    "After leaving their positions at Lingua, the editors started a new open-access journal called Glossa. The new journal charges a $400 APC to authors, and waives that fee for authors who do not have the funds. Lingua's APC, by contrast, is still $1,800, the same as it was before the previous editorial board's departure. "
Mathieu Plourde

Report: Testing and Assessment Products Are Now the Biggest Category of Ed Tech Sales - 0 views

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    The education division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has released the first report in a new series of Behind the Data publications. According to Testing and Assessment: A PreK-12 U.S. Education Technology Market Report, testing and assessment products - which include software, digital content and related digital services - now make up the largest single category of educational technology sales.
Mathieu Plourde

Online college classes: Textbook companies offer courses with minimal university oversi... - 0 views

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    "As these online course products have improved, more and more schools have plugged them into their curricula. The result is a creeping homogenization of basic classes throughout many U.S. universities. That's raising some uncomfortable questions, starting with: Why should I pick one school over another if they offer the exact same classes? And: Why are universities buying ready-made frozen meals instead of cooking up their own educational fare?"
Mathieu Plourde

Your university is definitely paying too much for journals - 0 views

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    "There is an interesting study out in the journal PNAS: "Evaluating big deal journal bundles". The study details the disparity in negotiation skills between different US institutions when haggling with publishers about subscription pricing. For Science Magazine, John Bohannon of "journal sting" fame, wrote a news article about the study, which did not really help him gain any respect back from all that he lost with his ill-fated sting-piece. While the study itself focused on journal pricing among US-based institutions, Bohannon's news article, where one would expect a little broader perspective than in the commonly more myopic original papers, fails to mention that even the 'best' big deals are grossly overcharging the taxpayer. Here is the figure of the article, apparently provided by the PNAS authors:"
Mathieu Plourde

Vi Hart Explains & Defends Net Neutrality in a New Doodle-Filled Video - 1 views

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    "Vi Hart is back at it again. Hart has a knack for demystifying complex concepts with her visually-rich mathematical videos. She has previously tackled Stravinsky and Schoenberg's 12-Tone Compositions and the Space-Time Continuum. This week, she's taking on the concept of Net Neutrality. The FCC will soon consider whether it wants to end the era of net neutrality and the open web - something that could have far-reaching consequences for you. The web keeps getting more and more corporatized (even by companies that claim to support net neutrality). And by killing net neutrality, the FCC can officially ensure that big corporations run the show."
Mathieu Plourde

Law Professors Defend Students' Right to Sell Used Textbooks - 0 views

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    "At the end of the semester, however, students would be required to return the print version to the publisher, preventing them from selling their used casebooks back to a bookstore or to their peers. "My immediate reaction was: 'My goodness, they are trying to to kill first sale!'" said Mr. Grimmelmann, a professor of law at Maryland."
Mathieu Plourde

Posting Your Latest Article? You Might Have to Take It Down - 0 views

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    "Unfortunately, we had to take down your paper," the notice reads. "Academia.edu is committed to enabling a transition to a world where there is open access to scientific literature. Unfortunately, Elsevier takes a different view." It also mentions that more than 13,000 researchers so far have signed a petition "protesting Elsevier's business practices."
Mathieu Plourde

The "Open" Education Alliance - 0 views

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    "It's time to call these fake open initiatives out for what they really are. It is time for us to stand up for and protect the idea and name that are so critically important to improving the affordability, quality, and equity of education around the world. If you need a handy, slightly derogatory term to use in describing fake open initiatives, I highly recommend the term "fauxpen": Faux in French means "false" or "fake." So fauxpen means "fake open." Examples of how to use this term appropriately would include "Fauxpen Education Alliance.""
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