Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#medlibs cornucopia: NIH Public access policy, (alt)metrics, flipped classrooms/blended learning

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This week on the #medlibs chat, a cornucopia of topics, including

1. The NIH Public Access Policy
2. (alt)metrics
3. Flipped classrooms/blended learning (later in April)

Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview and join the Thursday night smorgasbord with your favorite beverage in hand.

Click through for details on the 3 topics, plus linkage

1. The NIH Public Access Policy
The NIH PAP states that all articles resulting from any NIH funded (directly or indirectly) projects (in part or whole) must be made available in PubMed Central  within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Starting July 1st, 2013, NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance. This can be a complicated process which may or may not involve medical libraries.

Is your library involved with promoting NIH compliance?  What challenges arise for researchers? What are the steps and tools involved? Let's discuss.

Useful links:
NIH Public Access Policy:
SCR Connections Webinar (1 hr) on NIH compliance at UAMS: & PowerPoint

2. (alt)metrics
"No one can read everything. We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in this burgeoning ecosystem. We call for more tools and research based on altmetrics."
What are some examples of altmetrics? Have you used altmetric tools? Is it all a bunch of quantified bellybutton gazing?

AltMetric Tools:

3. Flipped classrooms/blended learning - to be covered later in April
Flipped classrooms put the traditional lecture portion of learning in the hands of the student (who watches it on their own time) and brings the "homework" to the lecture hall in the form of active learning assignments and group tasks. Blended learning is "a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace." Together they symbolize a sea change in instructional technique for higher education...possibly.

Have you used flipped classrooms in library instruction? How can we incorporate active learning into the the traditional library lecture? We'll finish out this epic #medlibs chat ruminating on instruction.

What Is The Flipped Classroom Model And Why Is It Amazing? (With Infographic):
Blended Learning Wikipedia entry (yeah, I'm lazy):

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