Plans to reward universities for excellent teaching could see a bigger role for metrics that track how students spend their time.
If you map the world by scientific research output, things look rather uneven.
There are huge global inequalities in knowledge production and exchange. What drives this inequality and how can it be corrected?
Current research metrics only reward publishing in academic journals and effectively punish publishing in the popular press.
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If we want scientists to spent time sharing their discoveries with the general public, then we need to change research metrics to reward them for their efforts.
Academics are accused of not contributing enough to society, but universities don’t value community and digital activities that get them out of their ivory towers.
Perhaps we should excuse comments made during the 2013 federal election about “wasteful” and “increasingly ridiculous research” undertaken in Australia. The real shock was not that shadow ministers could…