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EDUCATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA Social Software in Academia: Three Studies on Users’ Acceptance of Web 2.0 Services http://journal.webscience.org/360/2/we bsci10_submission_62.pdf Major German study focusing on staff and students from the University Düsseldorf Key findings. Wikipedia is the Web 2.0 application that currently plays the most important role for academic life. It is comprehensively known both to students and academic staff and has caught up with the popularity of Google. Furthermore, it is highly used in academic contexts, students and teachers/researchers use it as an information resource. But this usage is rather of passive nature. Only less than one fifth of students in Survey A have ever edited a Wiki page and 21% of academic wiki users in Survey C describe themselves as passive users. Other Web 2.0 achievements seem to play a minor role in academic work.

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Those services which serve entertainment purposes (like social networking, YouTube or Flickr) are widely known to students. Academic staff participants furthermore had a considerable awareness for weblogs, vod- or podcasts, and Twitter. But they mainly use these tools in their leisure time and none of the services is of high or very high significance for more than 50% of those who use these tools. Social bookmarking services and social tagging are not very widely known. Pickard, Alison Jane and GannonLeary, Pat and Coventry, Lynne Users’ trust in information resources in the Web environment: a status report. Technical Report. http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/470/ This study has three aims; to provide an overview of the ways in which trust is either assessed or asserted in relation to the use and provision of resources in the Web environment for research and learning; to assess what solutions might be worth further investigation and whether establishing ways to assert trust in academic information resources could assist the development of information literacy; to help increase understanding of how


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perceptions of trust influence the behaviour of information users. JISC report page 19 has an interesting table which compares students perceptions of Google searching with their perceptions of searching a library portal. It then raises questions about what can be done by libraries, educators to improve the situation.

JOURNAL ARTICLES ON HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING The Economic Contribution of Higher Education in Wales http://www.assemblywales.org/crld7730. National Assembly for Wales. Education and Learning Committee The Higher Education Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey: PTES 2009 Report. [http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/Y ork/documents/ourwork/research/surve ys/PTES_2009_report_v5_3_22Oct09. pdf Surveys experiences of students Interest Subsidies on Student Loans: a Better Class of Drain. Barr, N. and Johnston, A. (2010). LSE http://econ.lse.ac.uk/staff/nb/BarrJohston_I nterestsubsidies100215.pdf

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Reuters release latest report on research in Africa. http://researchanalytics.thomsonreut ers.com/grr/ Performance is analysed between different African nations. Vital Questions: The Contribution of European Social Science http://www.esf.org/researchareas/social-sciences.html published by the European Science Foundation. argues that The social sciences are key to the understanding of many of Europe’s societal issues such as the balance between economic growth and impact on the environment.

Paying for Higher Education: What Policies, in What Order? http://econ.lse.ac.uk/staff/nb/Barr_HER eview100215.pdf Barr, N. (2010).LSE

Study on the Costs of Participation in Higher Education. http://www.hea.ie/files/files/file/Costs_ Participation_HE.pdf Dublin: HEA Higher Education Academy


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JOURNAL ARTICLES ON INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION Focus on Higher Education in Europe 2010: the Impact of the Bologna Process. Eurydice. Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (2010). http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/e urydice/documents/thematic_reports/1 22EN.pdf Attainment in Higher Education: Erasmus and Placement Students. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/200 9/09_44/09_44.pdf Higher Education Funding Council for England (2009).

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EDUCATIONAL MOBILITY

Education Mobility in England http://www.suttontrust.com/reports/ Education_mobility_in_england.pdf The link between the education levels of parents and the educational outcomes of teenagers A report and discussion based on research by John Ermisch and Emilia Del Bono from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University, investigating the education levels of children in relation to their parents' background. .

Compiled by Heather Dawson h.dawson@lse.ac.uk


Higher Education articles May 2010