Online Learning Update

October 27, 2010

Boosting science learning online

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Maggie Shiels, BBC

One of many groups also trying to elevate science is Nature Publishing Group, the publisher behind Scientific American and Nature magazines. It has launched Scitable, a social network for science research and education. “The big picture view of why we started the site stemmed from a serious concern about the future of science and how science education is working,” said Vikram Savkar, senior vice president and publishing director at Nature Publishing. He is also in charge of the Scitable initiative: “We are the leading publishers of scientific publications and work with researchers trying to solve world problems. As we took a survey of the scientific community we uncovered some serious problems, namely that in the US, 40% of students who start out in their freshman year studying science drop out of science a year later to study another major.

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