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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Great Trial databases for RU Humanities! April-July 2017


Access South AfricaThe largest collection of 130 current South African news sources from 1986 to today, Access South Africa provides in-depth coverage of local and regional issues and events from across the country.
These daily and weekly sources chronicle local issues and events at their source and provide content revealing local perspectives on national and international issues.
Access South Africa is a subset of Access World News, the largest compendium of news sources around the world, with over 9,000 titles from nearly every country, updated daily.
Free Trial access for Rhodes users from 8 May 2017 to 8 June 2017

NewsBank
PressReaderConnecting People through News 
Free Trial Access has been set up for Rhodes users from 3 April to 15 May 2017‌.  Access is for **On Campus Only**
PressReader provides unlimited access to 6,000+ newspapers and magazines from around the world.
All users trialling PressReader are encouraged to:  Download the PressReader App on your tablet or smartphone. You can also download on your computer if using Windows 8 or higher OS. The App allows you to download full publications for reading offline.
Register for a free account on PressReader. Doing so will give you the full functionality of the platform (email alerts, complete personalization of the platform and everything synchronized across all devices with the same username and password)
For more information, visit : PressReader Quick Start Guide

PressReader
Karger eJournal Collection  (from 1998 to the current)
Comprises over 80 subscription-based journals and about 20 Open Access journals, covering all disciplines of human medicine and related sciences.
Over 50% of Karger journals focus on basic and clinical research; another 17% are clinical research oriented.
Many of the publications were founded at the time of modern medical specialization and even today continue to serve as a forum for the latest developments and findings of basic and clinical research.
Free Trial access for Rhodes users from 21 April to 18 July 2017.

Karger Journals


Sunday, January 29, 2017

South African Universities in 2017 - future prospects?



Universities hope for more stable academic year

While it is unlikely that South Africa will escape student unrest at the start of the 2017 academic year, authorities are hoping such action will be moderated by the progress made in addressing some of the key challenges that sparked and sustained last year’s violent and highly disruptive protests over fee-free higher education...
 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Generation Z – Why we need to future-proof universities

Article by Tom White
Brought up in a world of smartphones, high speed wi-fi and technology on tap, Generation Z's lives revolve around a digital world...

So, for example, how are we putting digital technology at the very heart of our education system? Let’s take a lecture theatre, for example: how is this a digitally interactive experience for students? How can students access learning materials, resources and academic papers? Is an intranet system really going to cut it?...

Technology is obviously a key area where universities can make improvements. However, considering just how familiar Generation Z is with marketing techniques, smart and truly engaging content needs to be a major priority.
From: University World News


Friday, April 8, 2016

the best social media accounts for academics

Irreverent, funny and informative – higher education does the internet really well. Here are our favourite blogs and Twitter accounts 

From the Higher Education Network - Helen Lock, 23 March 2016, The Guardian 
Via open licence “Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Social Media & Academia

Why universities should start taking social media far more seriously  

Social media is a risky space. Many people have learned this the hard way ...
Employers must understand the risks involved as they and their stakeholders set out to engage with the wider community on social media...Universities in South Africa have neglected the development of social media policies until now. 

From: The Conversation, January 18 2016. Article by
Miemie Struwig & Amanda van den Berg(CC BY-ND 4.0)
 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why do academics choose useless titles for articles and chapters?


An informative title for an article or chapter maximizes the likelihood that your audience correctly remembers enough about your arguments to re-discover what they are looking for. Without embedded cues, your work will sit undisturbed on other scholars’ PDF libraries, or languish unread among hundreds of millions of other documents on the Web. Patrick Dunleavy presents examples of frequently used useless titles and advises on using a full narrative title, one that makes completely clear your argument, conclusions or findings. 


From LSE: The Impact Blog, Feb 5th 2014 (work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

University rankings wield immense influence over Higher Ed and society at large – with positive and perverse effects.

In a time of growing demand for and on higher education, 
Ellen Hazelkorn finds their crude simplicity is what makes rankings so infectious. Yet, quality is a complex concept. Most of the indicators used are effectively measures of socio-economic advantage, and privilege the most resource-intensive institutions and-or countries. In response and reaction to the limited nature of rankings, alternative methodologies and new formats have emerged.

After a decade, it’s clear that rankings have, controversially, fired a shot across the bow of higher education and their host governments. They may have started out being about informing student choice but, in today’s highly globalised and competitive world, they have become much more about geo-political factors for nations and higher education institutions.

From: LSE The Impact Blog, April 11th 2014