- MOOC: Rate My MOOCs
- China: International Cooperation Gets Approval
- Brazil: Research Boom in BRICS
- UK: Penalties on Research Misconduct
Many educators haven’t figured out what to make of free online classes for the masses, but Silicon Valley developers and students are starting to.At least three sites have started in recent months to let users of massive open online
courses review the MOOCs they’ve taken.The idea isn’t new, of course. Rate My Professors has allowed anonymous reviews of professors for years, frequently to the ire of faculty. But now developers are starting sites just for people who are taking MOOCs and other online offerings.
A total of 1,780 educational institutions and projects made possible through international cooperation were approved by China as of January, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.Of the total, 775 are at the college level or above, said Zhang Xiuqin, head of the ministry’s Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, at a press conference.”International cooperation in education still needs to be improved and the ministry will further strengthen supervision, as well as offer more guidance for education cooperation,” Zhang said. In 2012, four provinces carried out pilot programs to assess international education institutions.
The report, Building Bricks: Exploring the global research and innovation impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea, notes that there is still some way to go before the research bases of these countries match the “highly diversified knowledge economies” of Japan and the West.The just-released report found that leading research areas for the Asian countries of India, China and South Korea are physics, chemistry, engineering and physical sciences. But for Brazil, the life and environmental sciences “lead all the way”. As a percentage of world research output – measured by publication in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals – Brazil accounts for an almost 9% share of world agricultural sciences publications and 6.6% of plant and animal sciences publications. Pharmacology, microbiology, and environment and ecology follow with 3%-4% of world output for the five years 2007-11
The warning comes in Research Councils UK’s revised Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct, published today.The document supersedes existing guidance released in 2009 “to reflect growing national and international experience in identifying and promoting good research conduct, and in addressing unsatisfactory conduct”.It says research organisations should “foster a climate which allows research to be conducted in accordance with good research practice, and to ensure there are procedures in place to deal effectively and fairly with allegations of misconduct”. These include protection for whistleblowers, the designation of a senior figure to oversee research integrity and a formal training programme for all staff. The document lists lots of examples of misconduct, including fabrication of data or documentation; falsification of data or images; misrepresentation of data, interests, qualifications and level of involvement.