Fake university degree websites shut down

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees. The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 January]

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New website aims to simplify CAO process for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new site to search third-level college courses has received more than 20,000 hits in its first week. UniBrowse.ie is a interactive search tool that enables applicants to easily access detailed information about third-level college courses …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 29 December]

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Socializing Academia

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2016 by steve

International“Maybe you have joined Academia.edu or ResearchGate in the past to find out what they’re all about. Maybe you haven’t, but you keep getting spammy invitations to join. (They can be nearly as persistent as LinkedIn when it comes to unwanted invitations.) Or maybe you were googling around and saw a paper that looked interesting, and landed on a site that told you to click here to ask the author for a copy …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 14 December]

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Spam me once, shame on you. (Academic) spam me 3000 times …?

Posted in Life on December 15th, 2016 by steve

International“Every year, academics get thousands of spam emails inviting them to submit manuscripts or attend conferences — but don’t bother asking to ‘unsubscribe’ for Christmas. Spoiler alert, for those of you planning to read the rest of this post: It doesn’t make much of a difference …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 14 December]

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Libraries ‘becoming invisible’ to junior scholars

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“A report detailing the rise of the Google search among young academics has prompted debate about the future of libraries. The research, funded by the Publishing Research Consortium, looks at the attitudes to publishing of early career academics and suggests that libraries have ‘little to offer’ the next generation of academics …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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Women in research are anything but boring

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two PhD students feel female academics’ work is overlooked, so they decided to get behind the keyboard, set up a blog and show the world what women do …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Agile Networks secures €5m contract with HEAnet

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish-owned Agile Networks has secured a seven-year contract worth €5 million to provide a 100 gigabyte internet network to HEAnet, which provides connectivity and IT services to education and research institutions across Ireland …” (more)

[Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Annotating the scholarly web

Posted in Research on December 1st, 2015 by steve

USA“Scientific publishers are forging links with an organization that wants scientists to scribble comments over online research papers. Would researchers scrawl notes, critiques and comments across online research papers if software made the annotation easy for them? Dan Whaley, founder of the non-profit organization Hypothes.is, certainly thinks so …” (more)

[Jeffrey Perkel, Nature News & Comment, 1 December]

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Publishing PhD papers ‘improves a university’s profile’

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Publishing PhD dissertations on a university’s website can help to improve its global reputation for research excellence, an international conference has heard. About half of the 1.36 million downloads of research papers from Dublin City University’s (DCU) open-access research portal so far are doctoral theses, explained Lisa Looney, its dean of graduate studies …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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Collapsing Ivory Towers? A hyperlink analysis of the German academic blogosphere

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Germany“In a substantial analysis of over 500 German-speaking science blogs, Jonas Kaiser and Benedikt Fecher look at what hyperlinks are used within prominent science blogs to investigate how scientists link to each other and outside sources. Using visualisation and mapping software, their results show how science blogs form new networks beyond traditional disciplines and interact with the wider general blogosphere …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 September]

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Lack of computers in schools may be a blessing

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has one of the lowest rates of internet use in schools in the world but, ironically, it may be doing students more good than harm, according to a global study published on Tuesday. The report by the educational wing of the OECD into the impact of computer and internet use …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Research Landing Pages on University Websites

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2015 by steve

USA“I did some research on research landing pages. Why? Because Research is typically the topic of a top-level landing page on most university sites, and I wanted to get a sense of the content strategy for these pages …” (more)

[Susan Talbert Evans, 24 August]

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Internet’s role in rise in student plagiarism exaggerated, study suggests

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 18th, 2015 by steve

USA“Older papers with unattributed material had higher similarity index than more recent ones. With its millions of websites, readily available student essays and Wikipedia entries, the internet is often cited as a major reason for the rise in plagiarism …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 18 August]

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Student grant body warns of fradulent ‘phishing’ email

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Message purporting to be from Student Universal Support Ireland being circulated. A fraudulent email is being circulated seeking banking details from third level students, the Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) authority has warned …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 14 August]

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There’s one day until the college grant applications deadline – and the website is on the blink

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College students have just one more day to get their applications for student grants for the coming academic year registered – but the online grants system is being quite troublesome this afternoon …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 July]

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A Single User Account

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2015 by steve

USA“Across our community, efforts to help users manage their identity and access personalized services are growing steadily. Academic institutions and their libraries, scholarly publishers, standards bodies, discovery services, and other intermediaries have developed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of user identifiers and accounts …” (more)

[Roger C Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 July]

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The case against the journal article: The age of publisher authority is going, going, gone – and we’ll be just fine

Posted in Research on July 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Heidi Laine evaluates the often unsubstantiated claim that the journal article is central to the research communication process. Is a formal article really such a law of nature? She argues that the journal article (at least as we know it) will become a thing of the past. It will soon be replaced by article-style narrative reports, blogs, wikis, video and audio recordings, conference papers and presentations …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 14 July]

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USI reveals new facility to tackle student housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has updated its website to help third-level students connect with spare rooms across the country. Homeowners using the new facility will be able to avail of the ‘rent-a-room relief’ scheme, allowing them to earn up to €12,000 tax free …” (more)

[Kirstin Campbell, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Amazon to pay authors according to how many pages people read

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

International“From the beginning of July, a clutch of authors self-publishing on Amazon’s site will no longer be reimbursed based on how many people download their books. Instead, the company has announced, those operating through the site’s Kindle Unlimited and Lending Library book borrowing services will be paid according to how far customers actually get through their books …” (more)

[Barbara Speed, New Statesman, 22 June]

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Poor infrastructure ‘contributing to slip’ in university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are losing international competitiveness by failing to invest in digital infrastructure, such as faster broadband and online education tools, according to a new study by academics …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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