Trinity staff instructed to screenshot and remove negative Facebook reviews

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity staff have been instructed in an email to screenshot and remove negative Facebook reviews published on various College related pages. The email, sent by Sharon Campbell, Trinity’s Deputy Head of Communications, read: ‘There have been instances of protest by some students in relation to the new supplemental exam charge …'” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 14 March]

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In Response to Fees, Students Troll Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today, students took to the cobbles of Front Square to make their anger felt. Tonight, they took to social media. The target was Trinity’s rating on its Trinity College Dublin Global Facebook page. After an onslaught of negative reviews, Trinity students managed to drop College’s rating to 1.5. At the time of publication, there were 209 one-star reviews …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 March]

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What universities are for

Posted in Life on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“You can teach for almost 40 years in a university, and still find something new. I am not talking here about new courses and lectures (and despite the old rumours we do not recycles old lectures for decades on end …” (more)

[Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement, 15 November]


Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Would you pay $25 (£19.10) a year to use a not-for-profit alternative to ResearchGate or A group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 8 November]

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‘Never memorize something that you can look up’ #Einstein #InstantLearning

Posted in Teaching on October 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I wonder can you learn how to do anything you want on YouTube? Yesterday I went about fixing my broken car key fob. I had to buy a replacement shell, get a new key cut, and take the transponder and circuit board out of the old key and insert into the new key fob. Easy? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 24 October]

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Publishers vs ResearchGate: an academic’s view

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Cast your mind back 20 years, to 1997. Tony Blair had just entered Downing Street and in the music industry CDs dominated and the A&R guy was king. Within a few short years, the internet had changed the music industry forever, through the music sharing site Napster …” (more)

[Billy Hunter, Times Higher Education, 10 October]

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Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 5th, 2017 by steve

International“Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40% of papers on ResearchGate are copyrighted …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 October]

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Tweets on academic papers ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2017 by steve

“Much of the activity about academic journal articles posted on Twitter is ‘mechanical and devoid of original thought’, according to a new study that calls into question the value of some alternative metrics used to evaluate research. The authors of the study, which analysed 8,000 tweets about 4,000 research papers in the field of dentistry, say that ‘simplistic and naïve’ use of social media data risks damaging science …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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The end of how business takes over, again

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“ used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with introducing the ‘paid search’. When was launched, it was a welcome change in the academic publishing world …” (more)

[Ico Maly, diggit magazine, 26 April]

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Twitter can help with scientific dissemination but its influence on citation impact is less clear

Posted in Research on January 11th, 2017 by steve

“Researchers have long been encouraged to use Twitter. But does researchers’ presence on Twitter influence citations to their papers? José Luis Ortega explored to what extent the participation of scholars on Twitter can influence the tweeting of their articles and found that although the relationship between tweets and citations is poor, actively participating on Twitter is a powerful way of promoting and disseminating academic outputs …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 11 January]

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A possible future for science publishing

Posted in Research on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“You just finished reading an article published two weeks ago on a preprint server (spoiler alert: traditional journals have decreased in popularity). After closing the article on your favourite paper manager, you receive the following message: …” (more)

[Ben Sutherland, In Between Manuscripts, 29 December]

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Socializing Academia

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2016 by steve

International“Maybe you have joined 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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Universities failing to make best use of Twitter, researchers say

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

USA“Universities are failing to make best use of Twitter and may promote ‘inaccurate’ depictions of themselves via the social network, a major study says. An analysis of the Twitter accounts of 2,411 US higher education providers found that they were largely used to broadcast information or to highlight positive aspects of their institution …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 13 September]

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Higher education shouldn’t be afraid of Snapchat

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2016 by steve

USA“A lot of people who work in higher education are afraid of Snapchat. If you ask a room full of professional and academic staff to raise their hands if they have been actively avoiding being on Snapchat due to fear, a lot of people will raise their hands …” (more)

[Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed, 8 September]

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Tweeting Your Way to Tenure

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2016 by steve

USA“American Sociological Association report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 8 September]

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GMIT cheating probe puts focus on Facebook post

Posted in Legal issues on September 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“GMIT officials are relying on an alleged Facebook post as the basis of their investigation into the latest cheating scandal to rock the college. College Registrar Michael Hannon has pleaded with students to trawl their Facebook accounts for any evidence and to come forward ahead of a Disciplinary Committee meeting next week …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 2 September]

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Church leaders admit ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at college amid gay dating app Grindr row

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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Catholic Church hierarchy admits concerns over Maynooth seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr. Church leaders have ordered a review on the ‘appropriate use of the internet and social media’ at the centuries-old St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, as well as an overhaul of its approach to whistleblowers …” (more)

[Independent, 24 August]

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Facebook in the Classroom?

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I don’t need a mirror at the back of my classroom to know that some students are checking Facebook (and other stuff) during class. I’m not a mind reader either, nor can I see the reflection of the Facebook screen in students’ eyes. So – while I have no proof that they are on Facebook, I just know that they are …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 17 August]

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Will LinkedIn Ever Replace the Traditional CV?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2016 by steve

USA“Recently I asked a colleague – someone I wanted to recommend for a consulting gig – to send me his CV. His response was, ‘So you want something different than my LinkedIn profile?’ Interesting question …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 16 August]

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