Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One year with MOOCs, research findings from the first 17 edX classes

Courtesy of: MOOCs.com
Professors from MIT and Harvard report on their first year in MOOCs and the edX project

  • There were 841,687 registrations from 597,692 unique users
  • Only 5 percent earned a certificate of completion.
  • One-third of users never viewed any course materials.
  • More than half of those who completed at least half of the course went on to earn a certificate of completion

See also:
Education Week article from one of the authors, 
The First Year of edX: Research Findings to Inform Online Learning

Monday, January 27, 2014

Journal ranking by Scopus

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a "portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database."
It offers finer levels of business and management categories than the - more well-known - Journal Citation Report by ISI Web of Knowledge.

Example for top 5 journals in
Subject Area: Business Management & Accounting
Subject Category: Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management 

SCImago. (2007). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank.
Retrieved January 27, 2014, from http://www.scimagojr.com

Hat tip to The University of Manchester Library Business Research Plus blog.

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Updated List of Predatory Publishers

As of January 2017, J. Beall has shut down his blog.

Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, has released the 2014 list of predatory publishers and questionable journals.
Reproduced with permission below, the table shows a significant growth in number:

Number of predatory publishers

Citing data

A few links on citing data in research: