The LSU Top 5 #5

This is the fifth of our weekly Top 5 links to the most interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Struggle as a sign of intelligence or opportunity – it changes based on the perception of learning and academic success in the East and West. Does it belong to a select few who just don’t ‘get it’ or is it part of everyone’s experience and something through which we should ‘show off’ our perseverance?

Two comparative education specialists in the U.S. explore the different assumptions and beliefs about learning and academic success.

For a related personal account from Dr. Wei of the LSU about his own transition from being an undergraduate student in China to a graduate student in England, click here.

18 Ways iPads are Being Used in Classrooms Right Now

Universities such as ours may be looking to adopt the use of iPads or other tablets in supporting student learning, but here are 18 ways that iPads and the like are already being used.

Do you have any experience with using iPads in the classroom or with your own learning? Leave us a comment below and let us know how well (if) it worked well.

Creative or odd? Self-learning method in the view of Vietnamese students.

Are Vietnamese students ready for self-learning methods? Are Vietnamese teachers using self-learning methods in the right ways?  Applying new teaching and learning methods to the Vietnamese education with its many existing problems has always been a complicated controversial issue. Once again, this fact has been proven when a 11th grader of the Tran Ky Phong High School in Quang Ngai province cut her hand with a razor blade in class to show protest against her biology teacher.

Top-Ranked Journals Are Losing Their Share of Top-Cited Articles

Over the past 20 years, the most-cited journal articles have become less concentrated in elite academic journals. More top-cited articles are coming from lower ranked journals.

Although the shift to online access is credited with much of this shift, with readers searching by topic rather than browsing through specific journals, the change started before the widespread adoption of the internet.

Open Access: ‘we no longer need expensive publishing networks’

This article argues that there’s little stopping a shift to open access for academic books except momentum.

The costs – financial and academic – of keeping academic books under the control of publishing groups are high. With most academics and almost all students doing most research online, and with the rewards for academic authors not being direct financial reward, there is little reason to continue publishing on paper.

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