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Date archive for: March 2013

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Posted in Massive Open Online Courses, and MOOCs

MOOCs are  Massive Open Online Courses.  There  has been access to free online courses on the Internet for many  years but the quality and quantity of courses has changed. This has changed the face of education as students can now do free courses at prestigious universities.

In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.”

The emphasis is on the individual though and it’s not clear about completion rates as students could drop out of the courses – they are voluntary.

See this article about MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities

Social bookmarks

Posted in Bibliometrics, Social bookmarking tools, and Social bookmarks

I’m collating some social bookmarks for researchers, these can be found in the Useful websites tab at the top of the blog home page and ones so far are below.

See Diigo researcher blogs and website bookmarks at:

Reference management bookmarks at:

Social bookmarking bookmarks at:

Open Educational Resources (OERs)


Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Posted in OERs, and Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. Open Educational Resources are different from other resources as they may have been given limited or unrestricted licensing rights. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organisation that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. OERs often have a Creative Commons license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

An example of an OER for research students is: Ready to Research. Resources include: videos, blogs, audio and interactive learning objects. Topics include Metrics and data management and Establishing an online academic identity.


Posted in Evernote


So everyone seems to be using Evernote so I thought I would give it a try. With Evernote, you can organise your notes, web clips, files and images and it is synchronisable so they are made available on every device and computer you use.

As a researcher, one thing you need to be is organised. Researchers can collect information from anywhere into a single place, from text notes to web pages to files to snapshots. You can share your notes and collaborate on projects with other researchers. You can also apparently keep all of your itineraries, confirmations, scanned travel documents, maps and plans in Evernote, so you’ll have them when you need them.

Evernote is available:
1. On the web.
2. By installing on the computers you use.
3. Via an Evernote phone App.

Evernote provides an email address, so you can email notes, pictures, audio etc from a mobile phone or desktop. Entries can also be tagged to assist with organisation and retrieval.

Evernote has a nice elephant logo which I’m liking and also uses elephant terminology. I will have to see how I get on with it and should also probably get a smartphone.

See the Library guide at:

Researcher Development Day 16 April 2013

Posted in Researcher Development Day

A one day conference specifically for research students and early career researchers to learn about various aspects of research from senior academic staff.

The second of this years’ Researchers’ Development Days will take place on Tuesday 16th April 2013.

The theme for this day will be: What to do with your data and findings

The Sessions will offer you information and expert advice on the following:
• Preparing abstracts and presenting papers and posters at conferences.
• Networking
• Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
• How to get published in journals
• Entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer
• Managing a research team and project
• Vivas – Preparation needed, the purpose and roles of those involved.
• The research – teaching relationship

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