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Dec 11 / Veronica Bielat

Latest Research on Broadening the Scope of Educator Evaluation Systems

The Institute of Education Sciences has released several studies this year that explore these changes and provide information about how states and districts are evaluating teachers and principals. The full text of these peer-reviewed studies can be found in ERIC.

Click here to access the studies in ERIC.

Nov 20 / Veronica Bielat

NCES Releases New Data on Graduation Rates and Student Financial Aid

From NCES Newsflash Service

Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2005-10; and Student Financial Aid in Postsecondary Institutions, Academic Year 2012-13 presents findings from the winter 2013-14 data collection of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the NCES within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Findings include:

When students tracked for program completion was extended from within 100 percent of normal time to within 200 percent of normal time, graduation rates for undergraduates who were full-time, first-time students in 2009 increased from 20 percent to 37 percent at 2-year institutions and from 43 percent to 69 percent at less-than-2-year institutions.

Approximately 59 percent of full-time, first-time students at 4-year institutions in 2007 who were seeking a bachelor’s or equivalent degree completed a bachelor’s or equivalent degree within 6 years at the institution where they began their studies.

To view the full report please visit:

Nov 14 / Veronica Bielat

New eBooks on EdItLib

EdITLib has added 2 new e-books available through the Wayne State University Library EdItLib (AACE) database subscription

eBook: TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online
Many ideas and events led to the development of the TEC-VARIETY framework and the 100+ activities for motivating and retaining online learners described in this book. Chapters on learning relevance, engagement, collaboration, and interactivity as well as ones on learner autonomy, curiosity, product generation, and so form the centerpiece of this book. In addition, there is a chapter on how to support and motivate more hesitant or novice online instructors.
Downloadable e-book. Select Full Text from the right side of the screen to download and view the e-book. 

eBook: Handbook of Games and Simulations in Teacher Education
Digital games and simulations are serious new tools for learning. They can achieve dramatically higher levels of emotional power, interactivity and effectiveness for learning compared to conventional resources. This handbook is aimed at leaders and others who sense a change coming and are looking for rapid development of knowledge and programmatic innovations to propel their faculties into action.
Downloadable e-book. Select Full Text from the right side of the screen to download and view the e-book.
Also has a free version available for Apple iPad

Nov 4 / Veronica Bielat

New OA Journal: Journal of Online Learning Research

Journal of Online Learning Research has released a call for submissions for its premiere issue. This new quarterly journal will premiere Jan. 2015, and is and Open Access Journal, and distributed by the EdITLib Digital Library (a licensed database from AACE available through the Wayne State University Library System).

The Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR) is a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the theoretical, empirical, and pragmatic understanding of technologies and their impact on primary and secondary pedagogy and policy in primary and secondary (K-12) online and blended environments.

Nov 4 / Veronica Bielat

ERIC Webinar: Contributing Research to ERIC through the Online Submission System

ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center, is offering a webinar on Contributing Research to ERIC through the Online Submission System. If you are an IES grantee or an author interested in making your work available to millions of ERIC searchers, this webinar will address the following questions on making your research available through ERIC.

• What are ERIC’s policies and requirements for submitting work online?
• How does ERIC support the Department of Education’s Open Access Initiative for grantees?
• How do I use the Online Submission System?
• Why is making research articles widely available through ERIC valuable for authors and for the education community?

ERIC launched an enhanced version of the Online Submission System on the website in July of 2014 to help increase the amount of full text materials in the collection. There are nearly 8,000 online submissions currently available for download in ERIC, including conference papers, research reports, dissertations, and other work of interest to the education community. Find out how easy it is to contribute work to ERIC and the benefits that come with making good research openly accessible to ERIC’s broad and diverse user audience.

The webinar will be held on:

November 18, 2014
2:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Click here to register and for more information

Nov 3 / Veronica Bielat

Vitae–A New Online Community for Grad Students and Their Advisors from the Chronicle of Higher Education

Visit Vitae, a new online community developed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for Graduate students in all disciplines and their advisors. n online community built expressly
for students, faculty, and administrators. Search their database of academic jobs, use their free dossier service to manage your professional documents, and join a network to connect with colleagues, mentors, and collaborators. Vitae also features daily news and advice who speak on career-development, navigating academia, understanding academic labor and more.

Oct 13 / Veronica Bielat

Economics of Education: Free Access to Articles through October

The publisher Taylor & Francis online has provided free access through October to articles on the topic of the Economics of Education, from its journal publication catalog, including: Applied Economics, Education Economics and the Journal of Education Policy, and books such as Education and Development.

Click here to access the articles and books.

Oct 6 / Veronica Bielat

New Journals from American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) added 6 new journals to its publishing catalog in 2014. You can access the full content of all of the new journals, plus all journals published by APA,  through the library’s subscription to PsycArticles.

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Qualitative Psychology
Spirituality in Clinical Practice
Journal of Threat Assessment and Management

For quick access all of our online journals, try a journal title search using the Wayne State library’s Online Journal search

Aug 14 / Veronica Bielat

School Center–Now on Learning Express Library

Teacher Education faculty and students may be interested in exploring the School Center in the newly expanded library database Learning Express Library. Developed for K-12 students, it includes practice, tutorials, e-books for Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies skills improvement.

Learning Express Library is made available through MeL-the Michigan Electronic Library, and is freely available to all Michigan residents through

Aug 11 / Veronica Bielat

94% of ERIC Full-Text Documents Now Available

Phase I of the ERIC (Educational Research Information Clearinghouse) PDF restoration project is now complete. 94% of the previously removed documents are now available online! You may recall that in August of 2012, the ERIC team discovered personally identifiable information appeared in some ERIC documents. Due to new search technologies, this information was easily discoverable for the first time. Full-text documents was temporarily removed due to the security concerns. Over the past two years, ERIC has been restoring documents to the collection on a rolling basis.

Today, approximately 94% of the PDFs that ERIC has permission to display are now available. This includes all peer-reviewed materials, documents published after 2004, and PDFs that were scanned electronically for sensitive information. Some documents have a “PDF Pending Restoration” message, which means the original copies were of poor quality, and unreadable to human eyes and machine readers. ERIC is currently creating more readable digital copies of these items.

There are 670 documents that have are have sensitive information that cannot be released, and the “PDF Pending” indicator and “Download Full Text” links have been removed from these records, but the citations remain in the collection.

Want to learn more? The ERIC Team is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 16th at 1pm. This webinar will describe the PDF restoration project in much more depth and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. Registration will be forthcoming on the ERIC website.

The ERIC Database is available through the Wayne State University on the ProQuest Platform. It provides access to ERIC full-text PDF documents, plus full-text articles available through the Wayne State University library system.