A roundup academicus: “Game-based learning: latest evidence and future directions, Elite Journals, SOPA’s daddy…

Game-based learning: latest evidence and future directions

Source: National Foundation for Educational Research (UK) From Press Release: The role of video games in teaching and learning is a source of debate among many educators, researchers and in the popular press. Detractors and advocates have been discussing the influences and the potentials of video games for quite some time

E-books Now Make Up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales

E-books are helping fuel overall growth in the publishing industry. According to BookStats figures released Wednesday by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), trade books generated $15 billion in revenue in 2012, up 6.9% from the year before. Trade publications include fiction and non-fiction books for adults, young adults and children, and do not include higher ed, K-12 and professional/scholarly volumes.

English: A chart which shows the development o...
English: A chart which shows the development of Open Access from 1993 to 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Are Elite Journals Declining?

from Docuticker

Source: arXiv.org From the Abstract: Previous work indicates that over the past 20 years, the highest quality work have been published in an increasingly diverse and larger group of journals. In this paper we examine whether this diversification has also affected the handful of elite journals that are traditionally considered to



SOPA’s daddy is now in charge of government science funding, and he hates peer-review

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Lamar Smith (R-TX) is the goon who brought SOPA to the nation. Now he’s in charge of science funding in the House, and he’s got some spectacularly stupid ideas for science as a whole.



Open Access Spreads

As the Obama administration continues to hash out its open access policy for federal research, California weighs its own for state-funded research and development.



Writer Clive Thompson describes his tools and work routine

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

Our friend Clive Thompson is in the spotlight in this week’s “This is How I Work” feature on Lifehacker.


What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

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