Archive for May, 2007

The funny side of PhD

May 31, 2007

You can find a really funny comic strip about PhD problems and grad student’s life in the Piled Higher and Deeper website (www.phdcomics.com). It’s great to realize you are not the only one person in the world having problems with your research :-).

There are lots of comics strips already published, but most popular ones are linked in the main page. Check for example Grad Motivation Graphs, Grad Student Etiquette or Conference in Hawaii (newer ones are coloured and better drawn, but anyway they are funny).

Hope you enjoy them.

Prolearn Soccer Part II

May 31, 2007

Actually the story of the hidden ball goes on :-D.

a comic strip!

The Way Dinner is Served …

May 31, 2007

Yesterday evening we had a discussion about the pattern of dinner serving: Who gets his dinner first? Observe the results 😀

a comic strip!

Mentoring Breakfast (Thursday)

May 30, 2007

Thursday’s Breakfast is a chance to discuss Mentoring (and explore opportunities for mentoring)…

It follows the same pattern as the other breakfasts: talk about it if you want to, otherwise just listen

Here are examples of ideas about what Mentors can help with:


Advice and examples if you need…
– to write a grant proposal
– to get known
– to Network at Conferences
-to join a Proposal Review Panel, Journal refereeing
– to invite others to visit and give talks
– to use time effectively
– to learn when and how to say “yes” or “no” to professional tasks
– to make sure you are clear about the scope of something you agree to do, and that you have made clear the level of commitment you can bring
– to take on something new as a chance to let go of something else
– to work with people who seem to be good at getting things done

Remember, you should have different mentors for different activities (teaching, research, etc)

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The final breakfast this week:


Cluster Breakfast, Friday 1/06/07 at 8:00

Any queries: ask Paul Lefrere (or mail p.lefrere@open.ac.uk)

New YouTube author

May 30, 2007

Hi! I just created my YouTube account and uploaded the first video. It’s from TEN Competence Winter School in Innsbruck
Austria (particularly interesting to watch to Austrians).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4HyoszqpEg

Social Software Hands on session

May 30, 2007

 

  1. Introduction
    1. Social Software in Universities
    2. Personalization of Web 2.0
    3. Benefits of Social Software
    4. Social Software and Semantic Web (Web 3.0)
    5. Social Software for Knowledge Construction
    6. Social Software in Training
    7. Social Software and Learning Management Systems
    8. Social Software and Awareness
    9. Social Software and Communities of Practice
    10. Social Software and Learning Repositories
    11. Web 2.0 and Knowledge Management aka Learning
    12. Location based Services / Mobile Social Software
    13. Different kinds of social software
    14. Social software and competition doodle.ch
    15. Service Interoperability
    16. Collaborative Learning Environments
  2. Basic social software stuff
    1. blog
    2. wiki
    3. PROLEARN Academy
  3. RSS Syndication using yahoo pipes

First Summer School Comic

May 30, 2007

Captured yesterday at the summer school soccer game.

a comic strip!

Gender Mainstreaming Breakfast

May 29, 2007

Gender Mainstreaming Breakfast
(same pattern as other breakfasts: each table should have at least one Senior Faculty, who will share insights into issues that Junior Faculty want to discuss)

Here are examples of Gender Mainstreaming issues that have been raised in other meetings:

– taking Gender Mainstreaming into account, how to get the best out of attending a conference; how to get fair pay for a job (in some institutions, salaries offered depend upon gender); how to achieve fair recognition for contributions to research success
– how to achieve gender equality and over what time period
– how to recognise the scale of the problem in a university (what percentage of women are in top positions?)
– how to gain the support of male decision-makers, in planning moves to gender equality
– how to develop goal-oriented measures, and ways to reach those goals
For example,
– if there is high gender inequality, with a high percentage of women in lower positions, what steps can they or their university take to get them to qualify for advancement?
– do there need to be schemes to give female researchers special support (affirmative action), for example additional time for research, or extra money for equipment, or provision for child care?

Pattern that could be followed:

During the breakfast: participants will make notes on ideas that they think they could use to advance Gender Mainstreaming in their institution, without negatively affecting their careers.

After the breakfast: some time during the day, junior faculty will identify other attendees they think they could work with, in the weeks and months after the Summer School, to apply the ideas from the breakfast

Before leaving the Summer School: junior faculty will mail those other attendees, to begin the process of working together to achieve their joint goals.

After the Summer School: the Prolearn Academy team will set up a wiki to support attendees in achieving their goals.

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Other breakfasts this week (details to be circulated):

Mentoring Breakfast, Thursday 31/05/07 at 8:00
Cluster Breakfast, Friday 1/06/07 at 8:00

Any queries: ask Paul Lefrere (or mail p.lefrere@open.ac.uk)

Junior/Senior Faculty Breakfast

May 29, 2007

Junior/Senior Faculty Breakfast, Tuesday 29/05/07 at 8:00

Goal: to provide a forum for junior faculty to explore ways to advance their careers, discover or create opportunities, manage their research, and maximize the benefits from any teaching responsibilities.

Starter questions to raise during breakfast: see list below

Plan: each table will have at least one member of senior faculty, willing to share experiences / advise on how junior could implement their own ideas

During the breakfast: participants will make notes on ideas that they think they could use to advance their careers.

After the breakfast: some time during the day, junior faculty will identify other attendees they think they could work with, in the weeks and months after the Summer School, to apply the ideas from the breakfast

Before leaving the Summer School: junior faculty will mail those other attendees, to begin the process of working together to achieve their joint goals.

After the Summer School: the Prolearn Academy team will set up a wiki to support attendees in achieving their goals.

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Starter questions to raise during breakfast:

• What are some good strategies for getting a professorship or “habilitation”?
• How can junior faculty get reference letters and find the right reviewers to
promote their promotion?
• How should junior faculty balance their time: teaching/research, choosing
relevant conferences?
• How can faculty keep their field of research and investigation fresh?
• What is a good strategy for playing the publication gam
e?
• What is a good strategy to get publications in high impact journals?
• What is the importance of being on editorial boards, organising conferences,
summer schools?
• What is a good strategy for getting the right kind of funding for research?

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Other breakfasts this week (details to be circulated):

Gender Mainstreaming Breakfast, Wednesday 30/05/07 at 8:00
Mentoring Breakfast, Thursday 31/05/07 at 8:00
Cluster Breakfast, Friday 1/06/07 at 8:00

Any queries: ask Paul Lefrere (or mail p.lefrere@open.ac.uk)

PROLEARN Academy News

May 28, 2007

*** Events in the next 7 days

PROLEARN SUMMER SCHOOL 2007

Place: Frejus, Date: 2007-05-27 – 2007-06-02
PROLEARN SUMMER SCHOOL 2007 Frejus, France May 27th – June 2nd, 2007
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/Events

*** New Call For Papers


Symposium for Hybrid Learning 2007

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-01
July 2007, Open University of Hong Kong. Organized by : HK Web Sym Consortium. Sponsored by : City University of Hong Kong. As Part of Information and Communication Technologies 2007 http://www.ICT2007.ouhk.edu.hk

Web X.0 and Web Mining

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-10
The Web X.0 and Web mining workshop (WWM) will be held in conjunction with the IEEE Second International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2007) which will be held in Lyon, France. The date of the workshop is: Oct 28-31, 2007.

Second International Workshop on Community Informatics

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-22
Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 25th – 30th November 2007

 

Second IEEE ICDIM Dynamic Virtual Communities: From Connectivity to Information Society

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-30
Dynamic Virtual Communities: From Connectivity to Information Society in the frame of the IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM’07) October 29, 2007 INSA of LYON, FRANCE

ADML’07

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-15
International Workshop on Applying Data Mining in e-Learning (ADML’07) as part of the 2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2007) Crete, Greece September 17-20, 2007

LOKMOL 2007

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-07
3rd Workshop on Learner-Oriented Knowledge Management & KM-Oriented E-Learning (LOKMOL 2007) Using Context and Web2.0 Approaches to Bridge the Gap In conjunction with EC-TEL 2007, September 17-20, 2007, Crete, Greece

TEL-CoPs’07

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-20
2nd International Workshop on Building Technology Enhanced Learning solutions for Communities of Practice held in conjunction with the 2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning Crete, Greece, September 17, 2007

LODE 2007

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-20
The LODE workshop is held in conjunction with the 2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL07), Crete, Greece, September 17-20, 2007

PROLIX

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-07-06
The PROLIX workshop is held in conjunction with the 2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL07), Crete, Greece, September 17-20, 2007

Workshop on Usability Evaluation of Social Software (UESS’07)

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-06-25
Call for Papers – Workshop on Usability Evaluation of Social Software (UESS’07), 10th/11th September 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – http://cost294.org/uess2007/ – This Workshop is held in conjunction with IFIP TC 13 Conference INTERACT 2007 (http://tuim.inf.puc-rio.br/interact2007/home.php)

9th WebKDD and 1st SNA-KDD Workshop on Web Mining and Social Network Analysis

Call-Art: Workshop, Paper submission deadline: 2007-05-31
August 12, 2007, San Jose, California. At the 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2007) August 12-15, 2007, San Jose, California
There is additional information in http://www.prolearn-academy.org/cfps