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Faculty of Education Seminar Series

Predatory open-access journals

Dr. Jeffrey Beall and Dr. Bill Hunter
Presented on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Predatory open-access journals presentation was recorded in Adobe Connect. You will need to use the passcode a1d2o3b4e5.
The recording is 45 minutes and 38 seconds.

With the rise of open-access journals, predatory publishers have started taking advantage of the shift from reader-supported publishing by charging high publication rates, often without advance notice to the authors. For some authors, they may serve as a type of vanity press that assures quick publication in an impressive-sounding journal. The practices of predatory publishers, which may include little or no peer review, threaten the credibility of academic publishing in general. This presentation will focus on the current state of predatory open-access journals and will help researchers recognize and avoid them.


Video games as learning tools for instructional contexts

Dr. Brock R. Dubbels, McMaster University
Presented on November 8, 2013

Brock Dubbels

Do games and play have a place in the classroom? How can they inform designing instruction and assessment contexts? In this presentation, research will be presented from studies and experimentation from classrooms and laboratory settings as evidence for using games for accelerating learning outcomes, professional development and increasing productivity at work. Games offer individuals a learning environment rich with choice and feedback, not only for gathering information about learning, but also for scaffolding students towards competence and mastery in recall, comprehension and problem solving. The difficulty with games may be our view that they are a form of play: an undirected, frivolous children’s activity. In this presentation, research and examples of games and play-inspired activities will be presented for motivating learners, designing effective instruction, improving comprehension and problem solving, providing therapeutic interventions, aiding in workplace productivity and professional development.


Moving research: Indigenous thought from text to film

Dr. Celia Haig-Brown, York University
Presented on October 4, 2013

From a master's thesis in 1986 to the Smithsonian’s Native American Film Festival in 2011, Professor Haig-Brown has found endless provocation in the intricate ethical questions that arise from working as a non-aboriginal person in aboriginal contexts. In this presentation, Haig-Brown unpacks several moments of pitfalls and pratfalls as well as some joyous times encountered within this research journey. Indigenous thought informs her travels as notions of relationship, respect, reciprocity and resurgence guide the way.

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