University of Minnesota: Research Brief: Evaluating Twitter use in the classroom. “A University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine study used Twitter as a means of distributing additional radiology case examples to students. The study examined if providing learning materials to students outside of the normal channels would improve students’ radiographic interpretation skills. Results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.”
The Polytechnic: Sending the right Snapchat is a science. “Though it seemed meticulous, maybe even a little insane, every detail mattered. The setting, timing, stickers, filters—they all carry their own weight, and we’ve learned to recognize the message each detail sends. We’ve created our own science: ‘Snapchat psychology.’ Practiced by millennials across the nation, ‘Snapchat psychology’ is our form of poetry.” Great writing here.
Thanks to Jessamyn West for noting this on Twitter. UNIT: Norwegian research institutions have decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. “The offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. The agreement with Elsevier will therefore not be renewed for 2019. The rectorates at the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim all support this decision.”
PR Newswire: Knight Commission Unveils New College Sports Financial Database (PRESS RELEASE). “In an effort to inject more financial transparency into college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled a revamped and innovative College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database. The new resource provides unprecedented access to athletics revenues, expenses, and debt as well as institution-wide academic spending for more than 220 public NCAA Division I colleges and universities dating back to 2005.”
US News & World Report: U.S. News Considers Evaluating Law School Scholarly Impact. “U.S. News & World Report is expanding its Best Law Schools data collection with the goal of creating a new ranking that would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the U.S. The intent is to analyze each law school’s scholarly impact based on a number of accepted indicators that measure its faculty’s productivity and impact using citations, publications and other bibliometric measures.”
EdScoop: Google’s first machine learning program launches at Mills College. “Over the next ten weeks, the Applied Machine Learning Intensive — a boot camp-like course with a project-based curriculum — will expose students to the fundamentals of machine learning and related computer science fields. Twenty students who have been accepted into the course will work with industry experts to understand data and apply it to real-w0rld problems.”
Minnesota Daily: New website simplifies scholarly articles. “Current and former University of Minnesota students are hoping to create a ‘SparkNotes’ for scholarly articles with a new website. Bibliate is a subscription-based online tool that rehashes and summarizes articles from the subjects of anthropology, biology, history, political science and psychology. Founded by 2018 University alumnus Andrew Swisher, the company launched on Jan. 14 with the help of fellow students.”