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Using GitHub as a Mentoring Tool

In this post, I summarize my learning problems to advance from an intermediate R level. I suggest finding projects you are interested in and inspecting their codebase at GitHub. In a certain sense, you could use the skills of those experienced persons who guide the project/repository for mentoring your own learning advancement via GitHub. Maybe there is even a possibility of getting involved in the project and learning from relevant real-world challenges. --- My example is with R and GitHub, but the learning strategy I recommend here should be usable for other programming languages and other collaborative version control systems.

Educational Tools and Learning Theory

This article suggests a procedure to categorize the enormous amount of educational tools in the market. My approach uses a framework of three well-grounded learning theories: Instruction, Cognition, and Construction based on presentation modes (one-way teaching), dialog settings (two-way education), and collaborative scenarios (learning by mastering complex situations). As a proof of concept, I will use the [Top Tools for Learning](https://www.toptools4learning.com/) (TT4L), compiled by [Jane Hart](https://www.toptools4learning.com/jane-hart/) as a result of the 13th Annual Learning Tools Survey (published 18. September 2019).

DORA and Wakelet: Two Badges!

Last week – just before Christmas – I received two badges. One from DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment) and the other one from Wakelet. I thought about a little thank-you gift. What I came up with --- killing two birds with one stone --- was a Wakelet collection of DORA's newsletter.

Wakelet - Share Visually-Engaging Stories

Storify is dead - long live Wakelet! This article features Wakelet, a similar program as the now-defunct Storify. But Wakelet is different in many aspects, and I bet it will stay for many years with us. Firstly it comes with many features Storify has lacked. It is already a full-fledged tool for content curation, presentation, and sharing. Secondly, it has a steadily growing user base where already some of the world's most prominent organizations are using Wakelet. And the best of it: There is no Premium price model: Wakelet is free in all its functionality.