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Have there been studies about the effect of idle time vs time pressure in learning?

There is a discussion in our institute about how much of their time students should spend on lectures and homework. My own experience has been that idle time and wandering of the mind is necessary ...
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How common is a must-pass-final requirement?

For a course with a final exam, is it more common to: (a) require that the final exam be passed to pass the course, or (b) allow for a student to fail the final exam and still pass the course? How ...
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Reference request for research on images or colors used in quizzes and exams

For my exams and quizzes, I print them on colored paper, and I usually try to make them aesthetically appealing with the design. I include pictures that are usually relevant to the material they are ...
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What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish calculus 3?

What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish multivariable calculus in US? Please list your reference
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How do I reference something I've referred to, but not directly quoted. Or do I? [closed]

I'm writing a report and I've used a website for some of my research. I haven't directly quoted anything from the website but you can tell that's where I got my information from if you know what I ...
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University policy of publishing student course evaluations: Prevalence and pros and cons

These days it is very common to have some course evaluation towards the end of a course, in which students respond to standardized questions on a numerical scale (e.g. between 1 and 5) and can ...
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Poster orientation: Landscape or portrait (horizontal or vertical)?

Which is a better poster orientation: Vertical/portrait (taller than wide) or horizontal/landscape (wider than tall)? Assume that the content does not "naturally" fit either of these formats so as to ...
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How random is the graduate admission process in the United States?

I wonder how random the graduate admission process is in the United States. I am mostly interested in the fields of computer science, and PhD programs (i.e., not Master programs). One way to ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to transform the draft of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print)?

I wonder what are the actual costs of translating a manuscript of a textbook as given by the authors into a final publication (for web or print). I.e., ignoring the costs of marketing the textbook, ...
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To what extent do visit weekends impact graduate school applicant's final decisions?

Is there any study/survey that tried to quantify to what extent visit weekends impact graduate school applicant's final decisions? (final decision = which school to attend) I mostly interested in the ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish a book? [closed]

I wonder how much it costs a publisher to publish a book (textbook or research book). I'm looking for referenced numbers, not guesses. I am mostly interested in the fields of computer science and ...
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How much does a publisher charge authors if they want to make their book open access?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how much publishers charge authors if they want to make their books (textbooks or research books) open access? I am most interested in the field of ...
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Does students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at whether / to what extent students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class? I am most interested in computer ...
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Why would a professor write many recommendation letters?

A practical question: I have now read a few times that to get a PhD position in the US you need 3 reference letters. I assume most people apply for more than one position, so you need those 3 letters ...
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What is the impact of using complex words on the paper acceptance probability?

Oppenheimer, Daniel M. "Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly." Applied Cognitive Psychology 20, no. 2 (2006): 139-156. ...
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How much revenue do academic authors make on their published books?

Is there any dataset that look at how much revenue academic authors make on their published books? I am aware of the question How much do Springer-Verlag authors make per book sold? but answers ...
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Collection of examples of course designs with the flaws pointed out and explained?

We have a course on didactics in the curriculum, accomplishing which we should be able to evaluate courses and design our ones. I wonder if there is a collection of good course examples or examples of ...
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How common is it for recommendation letters to be sent directly from the writer to the recipient?

Something that I frequently read on academia.SE is that recommendation letters, in most circumstances, are sent directly from the person writing the letter to the person/committee reading the letter, ...
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Dataset of retraction fines per publisher

I read in the Nature comment Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors authored by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George& Kathryn A. Kaiser and published today Science relies ...
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Reading list about the organisation of education in colleges in America

I have been chosen by my university (where I am a professor in science) to be part of a task force determining the undergraduate general education requirements. To be a better informed committee ...
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How often can the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind?

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at how often the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind? I am aware that the answer is likely ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Trends on time spent studying over the the past few decades, for students outside the US

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at the trends on the time students spent on studying, over the the past few decades in different countries in the world (aside from the USA)? I ...
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Which authority dictates/regulates that in Computer Science a journal paper cannot be presented in a conference?

I was taught that conference papers in computer science count as publications. Therefore, a journal paper cannot be presented in a conference because of plagiarism reasons, and vice versa. I ...
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Additional reference letter

Would it be prudent to call the chair of the graduate admissions committee after the deadline for reference letter submission and ask if an additional letter of reference can be sent to support my ...
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Why has the time spent studying declined so sharply in the United States over the the past few decades?

I read on https://www.aei.org/publication/leisure-college-usa/ : Study time for full-time students at four-year colleges in the United States fell from twenty-four hours per week in 1961 to ...
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How important is seeing the face of the instructor?

So, I am yet to make up my mind on which is a superior mode of teaching in flipped classroom videos: Khan academy type model where you only listen to the instructor. Or a video in which you see the ...
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Dataset of grad admission acceptance rate based on undergrad school

I am looking for datasets that would list the acceptance rates of graduate school applicants based on their undergrad schools. I.e. X % of students from undergraduate school Y applying to graduate ...
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What are good resources to read up on funding policies, especially pertaining to biology in the United States?

I am a biology PhD. student in the United States. I would like to know a little bit more on how to navigate the politics and processes that guide grant funding. In addition to this I am looking for ...
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Which are the most relevant sources on the goals of university and their relation to its origins and evolution?

During my university student life here in Brazil, I've heard and read different opinions about the goals of modern university, from "provide social justice" to "form an intellectual elite". That's why ...
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Are author names typically visible to reviewers for paper award decisions?

I wonder whether author names are typically visible to reviewers when they decide paper award recipients. (i.e. non-anonymous process) I am mostly interested in the field of computer science ...
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How often academic inventions have already been invented in private companies?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how often academic inventions have already been in private companies (or public but secretive organizations, e.g. the RSA cryptosystem was first ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of Qualifying examinations in Graduate Schools

Is any of you aware of studies that show how a Qualifying examination affects things like success in an Academic career, publications, etc. As many of you know, there are many countries that do not ...
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Why does the Statistics community publish in journals while the Machine Learning community presents at conferences? [duplicate]

I got my Bachelor's degree in Statistics and I'm starting graduate school to study Computer Science (CS) with an emphasis on Data Mining. One of the big differences that I've noticed between the ...
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Data sets of academic conference budgets

I am looking for data sets of academic conference budgets. I am mostly interested in the expenditure/revenue breakdown. Ideally, other information such as as number of attendees and location would be ...
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When does self-citation become citation padding?

While reviewing an article recently, I noticed that a substantial fraction of the papers cited by the authors came from their own research work. While some amount of self-citation is appropriate (and ...
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Data sets of questions asked in conferences

I am looking for data sets of questions asked in academic conferences. Ideally, it should contain a timestamped transcript as well as some reference to the talk (e.g. the paper it was presenting), but ...
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Most common departmental structure for degrees in EE, CE, and ECE

The acronyms are Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Currently, my Department is ECE, and we offer two degrees within the same ...
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The problem of incompetent peer-review

In which fraction of the recent papers is significant incompetence of review(s) observed in natural sciences? In my searching, I've only come across one example of such a review... is anyone familiar ...
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Students with physical disabilities - blindness, deafness, etc

Update: There isn't any disabilities office. Not US... I'd like to expand on a comment I just made down there: I'm not trying to find a silver bullet. I just want a reasonable starting point. It ...
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Is there any established database schema to store references?

I wonder whether there exists any well-established database schema(s) to store references. For example, the Perl package Bib2ML (aka. Bib2HTML) contains a bib2sql tool that generates a SQL database ...
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Patent trial data set

I am looking for a data set that would list patent trials that involve an academic institution, if possible with the date, the parties involved and the outcome. I am aware of this list of number of ...
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Check whether an article has any correction or been retracted

Is there any website where I could enter the reference of an article, and see whether any correction or retraction has been made on the article? I know some publishers indicate it on their website, ...
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Are there any meta studies that look at cost-per-paper of funded projects?

I was told by a professor that when you do the back-of-the-envelope calculation comparing funding and publication, you get one (top-ranked) journal paper for every $120,000 in funding. I’ve ...
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What recent research looks at how scientific theories are established?

I'm interested in quantitative understanding of where new scientific theories come from, and the process by which they grow/develop/become established. This is intended as mainly a ...
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Willingness to share ideas that could turn into a paper

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at researchers' willingness to publicly share ideas that could potentially turn into a paper?
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What is the average number of references in a PhD thesis?

How many references on average are typical for a PhD Thesis? More specifically, I'm looking for a comparison of the average number of references for an engineering PhD thesis and PhD theses in other ...
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Are there any publications that explain the origin of conventions of authorship order by field?

The conventions of authorship order vary considerably from one field to the next. In some fields, such as pure math, authorship order is typically alphabetical irrespective of the authors' roles. In ...
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What percentage of links posted in published articles are dead?

Is there any research/study that looked at the impact of the percentage of links posted in published articles are dead? I am trying to know to what extent dead links are an issue. E.g. on Stack ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...