Monthly Archives: January 2015

Publishing negative results

NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story this morning about how scientific research (including social sciences) may suffer from bias. The point of the argument, however, was really about publication bias and academic journals who prefer to publish positive results over negative ones, though the negative results may be just as important (or more!) than those often published.

Studies were conducted and left unpublished because they failed to support positive hypotheses. How important is it to publish both kinds of results? What percentage of articles feature positive or negative results in your field’s journals? Is the figure skewed one way or the other?

Catch the report here: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/28/382056490/studies-critical-of-bilingual-benefits-often-shelved-because-of-bias

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Privacy of Student Data

A growing trend in educational technology is protecting student information and data. As big data becomes bigger across P12 and college campuses, how can we best protect students’ privacy? Is this pledge a good start? http://studentprivacypledge.org

This Journal article looks at trends and issues of information security and data privacy facing schools, parents, and students: http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/01/22/6-predictions-on-the-future-of-student-data-privacy.aspx

Schools and teachers are storing more and more data online–student photos, student test results, teacher lesson plan–just for a start. Are we doing this mindfully and securely? This site highlights concerns and steps we can take to help keep students and teachers safe: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/education/

What privacy and security issues do you see with student data moving increasingly online? How are you tackling those challenges?

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Leadership in HigherEd

A Chronicle video interview with Kwang-Wu Kim, president of Columbia College in Chicago, discussing challenges facing higher education & how they are addressing those challenges through introspection, reflection, and action.

 

Video: How One College is Getting Strategic in the Face of Challenges http://disq.us/8lv7kq

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