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January 18, 2018

A Year in Review – ERIC in 2017

And the second item.

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A Year in Review – ERIC in 2017

ERIC had a busy year in 2017! You can find a snapshot of ERIC’s major milestones in our newly released ERIC Year in Review 2017 infographic. The infographic highlights ERIC’s major accomplishments during the year, including policy updates; new features; and our most current videos, infographics, and recorded webinars. You will also find annual statistics on new content, sources, and ERIC website usage.

As the infographic shows, ERIC continues to provide a robust collection of education research and strives to continuously improve the ERIC website by adding new tools and support products. Specifically, in 2017 ERIC:

• Added more than 48,000 new records to the collection, including nearly 41,000 peer-reviewed materials.

• Selected over 100 new journals and non-journal sources for inclusion in ERIC.

• Added a new limiter to improve search for materials with a What Works Clearinghouse rating.

• Updated our Selection Policy and improved the online submission page for grantees and individual authors.

• Developed a new widget to increase engagement for students and others learning to use ERIC for research.

• Released six videos, four infographics, and five recorded webinars to support our users.

These accomplishments form the basis for continuing growth and improvement in 2018. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year ahead.

Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with nearly 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

Announcing New And Updated Modules And Enhanced Platform Compatibility In The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) Online Training System

A couple of items from IES to finish the day.

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Announcing new and updated modules and enhanced platform compatibility in the Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) online training system

The DLDT system is an online, interactive tool that allows you to learn about the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data products across the education spectrum and evaluate them for your particular purposes. The DLDT modules are designed to introduce you to many NCES datasets, their design, and special considerations for analysis to facilitate effective use.
DLDT Modules are designed for use by:• Anyone who is interested in education data
• Researchers
• Students
• Policy specialists and analysts
• Education professionals and practitioners

The DLDT modules provide information about NCES and specific NCES datasets. They can help users find published reports; acquire, access, and explore data; and create data files for analysis. The modules also explain how to conduct analyses using selected statistical software packages and/or by using data tools provided on the NCES website. Additionally, they provide instruction on how to obtain and successfully use NCES Public-use and Restricted-use datasets. The DLDT allows users to access this information at no cost and is a self-paced system.

For a full list of supported browsers and available modules, check out our blog or view this video to learn more. The DLDT System can be accessed at: https://nces.ed.gov/training/datauser/

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

January 13, 2018

New ERIC Widget Provides Quick Path to Resources

Note this update from a useful semi-open scholarship network.

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New ERIC Widget Provides Quick Path to Resources

Image of ERIC widget

Recently, ERIC released a widget that provides a quick path to ERIC resources for students, librarians, and researchers. The widget is intended to help users gain immediate access to ERIC search tools and products to help support their work and studies.

The widget provides links to some of ERIC’s most popular resources, including the ERIC home page to launch a quick search and the Thesaurus to find useful search terms. The widget also links to key videos created primarily for students and novice users. The videos provide information on how to effectively search ERICbasics about ERIC, and writing a research paper.

You can obtain the widget from the ERIC website and host it on your LibGuides, on library websites, and in other electronic resources such as course packs.

Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with more than 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

January 12, 2018

The What Works Clearinghouse: Looking Back on 2017

Something that those who believe randomized control are the only way that good research is done from Wednesday’s inbox…

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The What Works Clearinghouse: Looking Back on 2017

As we celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2017, the What Works Clearinghouse continued its tradition of identifying evidence-based practices for educators. See what we were up to over the past year…(Click here to see an online version of our year in review.)
Updating the WWC’s standards and procedures to keep pace with current research

Engaging with the education community

Evaluating the evidence behind different education interventions, programs, practices, and policies

  • Added more than 1,500 studies to expand the Reviews of Individual Studies database to more than 10,200 studies.
  • Released reports on 16 interventions across 5 topics:

    8 in Math
    4 in Literacy
    2 in Transition to College
    1 in Special Education
    1 in Teacher Excellence

  • Released 1 new practice guide with evidence-based recommendations for educators: Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools (PDF). Check out the accompanying summary (PDF) for a quick introduction to the recommendations.

Offering new resources to website users

  • Launched 5 new videos to help users better understand the WWC’s website, resources, and products.
  • Introduced 2 sets of instructional tips [problem solving (PDF), elementary writing (PDF)], highlighting key concepts and relevant steps for implementing recommendations in WWC practice guides.

We enjoyed bringing you the information you need to make evidence-based decisions in 2017, and we look forward to identifying and summarizing evidence from even more high quality research in 2018.

If you didn’t have a chance to connect with us in 2017, we hope you will contact us and find us through Facebookand Twitter in 2018!

The What Works Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent, non-partisan research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the work of IES on its website and follow IES on Facebook and Twitter.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

 

December 20, 2017

Latest ERIC Video Describes How to Find Full-Text Materials in ERIC

From Monday’s inbox…

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Latest ERIC Video Describes How to Find Full-Text Materials in ERIC

Looking for full-text education research? ERIC has more than 385,000 full-text journal articles, reports, conference papers and other materials available for download free of charge. We just released a video that describes the types of resources you can obtain in full text, and how to locate these materials in ERIC.

As of fall 2017, there were nearly 65,000 full-text journal articles in ERIC. More than 77 percent of grey literature providers permit display of their material, either immediately or following a period of embargo. ERIC is also the full-text repository for work developed and funded by IES, including final peer-reviewed manuscripts created by IES grantees and contractors. You can download final, peer-reviewed grantee manuscripts from ERIC one year after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

We work closely with publishers and other resource providers to encourage the release of full text in ERIC for the benefit of the broad education community.

Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with more than 1.6 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. 

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

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