Here an infographic I came across about the need for a social resume.
Created for online colleges.com by QuinStreet
I am interested in how technology changes the way we communicate and the way we live! I have written some recently about the importance of developing an intentional web presence.
In this article, Joni Dunlap and I talk about how easy it is to set up a personal website using a tool like Google Sites and a personal domain for about $10 a year. This is great for beginners but academics — especially those in our field of Instructional Design and Technology — often need something more powerful.
Google Offers just announced a deal to get a domain name and a year of hosting through bluehost.com for $40. This is a great deal! While you can often find deals to get a year’s worth of hosting and a domain name for about $60-65 a year, $40 is a steal!
For a number of years Google Scholar has been the most popular academic search engine. Sure there have been others (e.g., ERIC) but overall I think most people would agree that they find themselves turning to Google Scholar more and more each year. Google Scholar recently developed the ability to create a Google Scholar Profile.
The following is a screenshot of my Google Scholar Profile.
You can access my live Google Scholar Profile online at: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lvLel-MAAAAJ&hl=en. While there are problems or limitations to a Google Scholar Profile (e.g., it doesn’t differentiate how many citations are self-citations), it is a nice way to get a glimpse of all of your work on one page.
Recently though Microsoft decided to challenge Google’s dominance in the academic search engine world with the development of “Microsoft Academic Search” which can be accessed at: http://academic.research.microsoft.com. And with this new tool came their equivalent of a profile. Here is an example of my Microsoft Academic Search profile:
One nice thing about Microsoft’s version is that they let you embed it:
But as you can see from the embedded code above, it isn’t quite as clean as visiting the profile directly: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Author/4019111/patrick-r-lowenthal
For more on web presence, visit: http://patricklowenthal.com/intentional-web-presence-10-seo-strategies-every-academic-needs-to-know/
Joni Dunlap and I recently wrote an article about the importance for academics in general–but especially faculty–to develop and maintain their web presence.
The article is titled:Intentional Web Presence: 10 SEO Strategies Every Academic Needs to Know
As a part of that article, I created the following screencasts on how to create a personal website using Google Sites.
I am fascinated with academics’s (including my own) obsession with measuring the “impact” or “importance” of journals. Traditional methods are clearly flawed. And time will tell to what degree open access journals begin to change this by focusing more on readership than citations.
But Google Scholar just came out with their new lists which of course got my attention! You can use different search terms to come up with different rankings of “top publications.” For instance, when you search “education” you get the following ranking. I find a few things interesting about this:
“Top Education Journals”
I then was curious whether I could drill down further and investigate the ranking of “educational technology” publications. And guess what? Well, the list changes. Now Computers & Education isn’t even listed (even though it is clearly an “educational technology” publication) and BJET and ETR&D come up in the first and second spot. Also, Educational Technology & Society — an open access journal comes up in the number three spot.
“Top Educational Technology Publications”
Well my curiosity got the best of me and I had to keep searching. This time I decided to search for “instructional technology” and “instructional design.” But both of these searches went no where. I then searched for “online learning” and then “elearning” and came up with the following lists (which of course differ).
“Top Online Learning Publications”
“Top eLearning Publications”
I always find it interesting which journals make these lists and which one’s do not. I especially find it interesting how one’s search terms (e.g., education vs. educational technology) dictate the overall ranking one finds! Search carefully my friends!
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