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May 27 / Veronica Bielat

Scholars and Researchers: Visit Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier Publishing Campus is a freely available space where scholars and researchers can access free online lectures, interactive training courses, and expert advice to support for writing a journal article or submitting a book proposal; learning how to conduct peer review for a high impact journal; understanding research and publishing ethics or writing a successful grant application. Create your free account to access these resources.

Elsevier is the publisher of several databases subscribed to by the Wayne State University library system, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, Knovel and ClinicalKey.

Apr 29 / Veronica Bielat

MichiganReads! Do Unto Otters

The MichiganReads! program is a statewide early and childhood literacy program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. Each year, a picture book by a Michigan author is selected. This year’s book is Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller.

Do Unto Otters is available to all Michigan residents through the Michigan Electronic Library’s funded online resource Bookflix, a MeL database. After selecting Bookflix, select the Family and Community group, then select tab 13-16 in the Family and Community group.  Reading Do Unto Otters in Bookflix is an excellent resource for pre-service early childhood and ELA teachers; look  for the programming guide that comes with the book in Bookflix, a valuable tool for lesson planning and activities.

This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

Find out more about the MichiganReads! program here.

Apr 17 / Veronica Bielat

Free Article Collection from Routledge on Cultural Diversity & Race in Education

To recognize the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting theme Culture, Language and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, Routledge publishing has compiled a collection of over 100 articles based on the theme of Cultural Diversity and Race in Education, and has made them available free.

Click here to access Cultural Diversity & Race: An Article Collection

Mar 31 / Veronica Bielat

Nation’s Report Card: Vocabulary

Results from the NAEP Reading Assessment

As part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts. This focus on students’ understanding of words in varied contexts highlights the importance of vocabulary in reading comprehension. Students’ performance on the vocabulary questions is analyzed separately from the reading comprehension results and reported on a separate 0–500 vocabulary scale. Vocabulary scores are available for 2009, 2011, and 2013 at grades 4 and 8, and for 2009 and 2013 at grade 12.”  View the report here.

Mar 6 / Veronica Bielat

Public Elementary & Secondary School Arts Education Instructors

A new report from NCES, Public Elementary & Secondary School Arts Education Instructors, presents findings on the different categories of staff (full time, part time) used to provide arts education in public K-12 schools. Reports include arts instruction facilities in public elementary schools.

Feb 19 / Veronica Bielat

Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics? New Report from NCES

The National Center for Education Statistics has released its report Early High School Dropouts: What Are Their Characteristics? Using data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, the report examines the number of high school students who drop out of school between the ninth and eleventh grade, and how the dropout rates vary by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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.