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How eLearning has transformed the academic world

eLearning, short for electronic learning, is ‘the delivery of learning and training through digital resources’. (1) As a form of asynchronous learning, it can refer to anything from pre-recorded video lessons to activity-based animations. The biggest advantage of eLearning is that it’s self-paced. If you have a computer and internet access, you can do it anywhere and at a time that suits you. eLearning has been invaluable since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of locked-down students and employees [...]

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How smartphones are changing the way we study

Mobile phones have come an incredibly long way in the last 30 years. In the 1990s, mobiles were used for making phone calls, sending texts, and playing the odd game of Snake. Today, smartphone technology allows us to browse the internet, stream films and run programmes, all from a small device in the palm of our hands. Smartphones are now ubiquitous. 99% of young people in the UK between the ages of 16 and 24 own a smartphone(1), which has [...]

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Innovation, integration, collaboration: Scholarcy’s review of 2021

Today, Scholarcy is powering a range of products and services across the scholarly communication ecosystem, from metadata extraction to automated visual abstract creation. Discovery services are harnessing our knowledge extraction technology to enhance user experience, helping their readers screen the literature more efficiently and uncover important findings from research that they otherwise might have missed. Scholarcy’s headline summaries, highlights, extracted facts, and findings are now displayed on tens of millions of article pages across a range of research platforms with one [...]

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What we can learn from teaching methods around the world

While the positive impact of education on individual fulfilment and collective endeavour is universally acknowledged, opinion on the most effective style of education varies widely from country to country. There are lots of factors at play in education outcomes, many of which are influenced by the culture of a particular country. From embracing technology in the classroom to introducing later start times, we look at some of the different teaching methods practised across the globe – and ask what [...]

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Four ways AI is making researchers of us all

For some time now, publishers and other distributors of academic research have been harnessing natural language processing (NLP) technology to get more of their content into the hands of the global academic community. Most research content and discovery services are building their own AI-driven solutions or licensing this technology to connect and expose more of their content for their readers in the following ways: Recommending related content Clustering large collections of literature under subject categories Indexing and linking collections Extracting citation context and [...]

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How coding helps children become creative problem solvers

As the 21st century progresses, computer programming or ‘coding’ is becoming an invaluable skill. A recent study1 found that as many as 50% of all jobs in Australia will require a working knowledge of programming and other IT skills within the next 15 years. It is likely that coding ability will be one of the key differentiating skills of the future. But what exactly is it that makes coding so essential in everyday life? What are the benefits of learning [...]

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How to evaluate the quality and veracity of an article

Analysing how a study builds on, confirms or contrasts with previous work is key to appraising its reliability So you’ve got a literature review to write and the deadline is approaching. Perhaps you don’t know how to begin. Or maybe you’ve started and got stuck. Perhaps you’ve used one of the many discovery tools out there to find relevant papers, but now you have to read and filter them all. You’ve got a folder full of articles, and you’re learning [...]

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Combining AI and visual design to create beautiful scientific posters

The challenge for academics: too many complex papers, not enough time The background study for your research is an extensive undertaking. There’s a huge number of scientific papers you’ll need to sift through to glean vital information about the foundations and latest developments in your subject. In fact, the typical academic scholar reads an average of 20 research papers a month. Scientific papers have also become harder to read in recent years which just adds to the time pressure, especially if [...]

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Content automation is boosting audience engagement in the news and information industries

Engagement marketing managers have become pivotal to the growth and retention strategy of any online content business over the last few years. These roles demand a range of finely honed skills – from specialist industry knowledge and audience profiling – to a flair for developing multi-channel engagement programs, content creation, and an analytical eye to gauge the impact of those programmes. Audience engagement managers are often faced with the challenge of maintaining a high-quality, sustainable content pipeline to engage their [...]

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Breaking news: How AI technology is helping science journalists stay on top of the latest research

Science journalists are a vital bridge between researchers and the public. They “shine a light on discoveries” [1] and translate complex studies into accessible articles that help to educate and inform the wider community. This isn’t always an easy task — science journalists face an uphill battle to secure an exclusive story about significant scientific breakthroughs and developments. Not only are journalists overwhelmed with the increasing volume of scientific papers, they’re also under pressure to transform important discoveries and findings [...]

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