(Repost) Illustrated Blogging Advice for Researchers

By Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Questions

I asked two questions, other than the slightly leading nature of the questions (woops, I’ll do better next time), I provided no direction on response length or style, so the responses varied greatly.

1. What’s been your biggest blogging challenge (finding the time, picking good topics, the technology, etc.)?

2. What piece of advice would you give (or have already given) to an evaluator or researcher interested in starting a blog?

Advice and challenges change over time, so it was important to me to reach out to bloggers with a wide range of experience. This post would not exist without the expert help. I’ve thanked each blogger, but if you get anything out of their advice, please send them your own appreciation.

Read more: JustPublics365 blog

Kelas Mendeley @ Learning Commons, PTAR 1

By Tuesday, January 28, 2014 , , , No comments
sesi penerangan tentang penggunaan Mendeley 

Pada 22 Januari yang lalu, kelas pertama untuk tahun 2014 telah dimulai dengan penganjuran Kelas Mendeley di Learning Commons, tingkat 4 bangunan PTAR 1. Modul disampaikan oleh pegawai perpustakaan BPA, Encik Shahrol Nizam Johol berlangsung selama 2 jam (10.00 pagi-12.00 tengahari)

[Klik untuk mengetahui kelas-kelas BPA yang lain: BPA Class]


(Gambar) UiTM Jasin, Kampung Sri Mendapat

By Monday, January 27, 2014 , 2 comments

Gambar diambil dari seorang Pustakawan iaitu Encik Mohd Ismail semasa beliau melakukan pemeriksaan terhadap bangunan Perpustakaan di sini. Berikut antara gambar-gambar yang dikongsikan di dalam laman Facebook peribadi beliau;


(Repost) 7 ways to motivate yourself

By Friday, January 24, 2014 , , No comments

Do you find it hard to meet your self-imposed deadlines and work on your personal goals? Well then, this post is for you and covers my way of meeting my own deadlines and goals.

I've become really good at meeting my own deadlines: my papers are always submitted on time and usually a few weeks before the deadline, I haven't had to study the night before an exam since my very first year at university and I developed the habit to start a homework right after the assignment was given in class

As a result, I feel much more confident and I avoid last minute hasty and sloppy work.

Here's an overview of the 7 key points to increase your inner motivation

1. Take yourself seriously
I used to find it very hard to meet my self-imposed deadlines, as I felt as if they were not real. Deadlines imposted by school or others were the ones I used to never fail, but my own deadlines were rather optional, just in case I don't have anything better to do.

However, at a certain moment, I realized that it is important to take myself, my goals and my deadlines serious. Many of these deadlines help me work towards goals which are important, but not urgent. Those are the tasks which really move my life, studies or research forward, but they just are not urgently burning in my mailbox or on my doorstep.

2. Plan towards it

In my case, I usually try to draft a conference paper relatively soon after the notice of acceptance of the abstract is sent to me. Typically, I will work on the draft 2 or 3 months before the deadline. 

I won't lock myself down in my office and work on it, but I will schedule a week or two in which that paper is my most important project, while keeping the labwork and educational tasks running at their normal pace. 

I've figured out that I need to work on the draft that early, since my supervisors are very busy and it can take some time between my finishing the draft and having an appointment to discuss it.

If you have a completely different goal, say training for a 10k run, then too, you need to start planning months ahead and build up your routine bit by bit. And, of course, this is only possible if you take yourself serious and will take the time to go training on the days and times you've scheduled with yourself.

read more here: PhD Talk blog


(winners) Web Of Knowledge Discovery Quiz 2013!

Thank you all for participating in the Discovery Quiz last year.

We hope you had fun taking part in the Quiz, as we had organizing it. We are happy to announce the Quiz winners*:

Grand Prize Winners
1st Prize: Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE
Ms Ooi Hun Chooi, University of Malaya

2nd Prize: Canon G15
Dr Micheal Drieberg, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

3rd Prize: iPad mini, WiFi, 16GB
Mr Chong Zhi Ming, Universiti Sains Malaysia

4th Prize: Beats Tour In-Ear Headphones
Mr Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

5th Prize: Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Ms Marjan Farnam, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

6th Prize: Seagate Backup Plus Portable HDD, 1 TB
Mr Nurul Farihah Sarmin Panut, Universiti Teknologi MARA

7th Prize: Sennheiser i300 In-Ear Headphones with Mic
Ms Choo Sy Miin, University of Malaya

8th Prize: Lifetrons Drumbass III BT Bluetooth Speaker - Deluxe Wireless Edition
Mr Teo Soon Yuan, University of Malaya

9th Prize: Valore King Kong 4000 mAh Power Bank
Mr Alvin Paul, University of Technology Malaysia

10th Prize: Valore 2800mAh Bookmark Power Bank
Mr Wong Jee Keen Raymond, University of Malaya

KeepCup Winners

Quiz 1
    Mr Yu Choo Yee
    Ms See Pei Ling
    Ms Nur Hartini Mohd Nawi
    Mr Muhammad Ashraf Ali
    Mr Lee Chee Hao

Quiz 2
    Mr Nareshwaran Gnanasegaran
    Mr Tan Mou Leong
    Ms Norhafiza Hamzah
    Ms Shafra Zainal Abidin
    Dr Mohd Rafatullah

Quiz 3
    Ms Mah Lay Suat
    Ms Dk Siti Rasyidah Abd Rahman
    Dr Ayman Moustafa Nagy Elsayed Mortada
    Dr Oh Pei Ching
    Prof Othman Khalifa



By Monday, January 20, 2014 , , No comments

   Date : 22 January 2014 (Wednesday)
   Time : 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
   Venue : Bilik 1, Pusat IT, PTAR 1
   Participants : 30 students (open for registration)

   Any query, please contact:
   Encik Shahrol Nizam -Librarian, sharol8720@salam.uitm.edu.my

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What is SWOT Analysis?

By Monday, January 06, 2014 , , No comments

SWOT analysis (alternatively SWOT Matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieving that objective.

The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey, who led a convention at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the 1960s and 1970s using data from Fortune 500 companies.

The degree to which the internal environment of the firm matches with the external environment is expressed by the concept of strategic fit.

Setting the objective should be done after the SWOT analysis has been performed. This would allow achievable goals or objectives to be set for the organization.

Strengths: characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others.

Weaknesses: characteristics that place the team at a disadvantage relative to others

Opportunities: elements that the project could exploit to its advantage

Threats: elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project

Identification of SWOTs is important because they can inform later steps in planning to achieve the objective.

First, the decision makers should consider whether the objective is attainable, given the SWOTs. If the objective is not attainable a different objective must be selected and the process repeated.

Users of SWOT analysis need to ask and answer questions that generate meaningful information for each category (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to make the analysis useful and find their competitive advantage.

Original source: Wikipedia


Prof Dr Sahol Hamid dilantik semula Naib Canselor UiTM

By Friday, January 03, 2014 , No comments

KUALA LUMPUR - Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia hari ini mengumumkan pelantikan semula Tan Sri Prof Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar sebagai Naib Canselor Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) untuk tempoh dua tahun berkuat kuasa pada 1 Januari 2014 hingga 31 Disember 2015.

Dalam satu kenyataan, pelantikan semula Dr Sahol Hamid adalah berdasarkan kepada kriteria yang ditetapkan kementerian di samping memastikan kesinambungan pelan pembangunan UiTM berjalan lancar.

"Kementerian Pendidikan berharap agar pelantikan semula ini dapat membantu UiTM untuk menghasilkan graduan Bumiputera yang berkualiti tinggi dan mampu menyumbang kepada pembangunan masyarakat dan negara.

"Di samping itu, kementerian juga berharap agar pencapaian UiTM dapat dipertingkatkan menerusi pemantapan barisan kepimpinan dan organisasi, kualiti staf akademik, kualiti pembelajaran dan pengajaran dan pembangunan aplikasi sains dan teknologi," kata kenyataan itu kepada Bernama. - Bernama

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