Saturday, March 29, 2014

Artikel dari blog on 26 March 2014

Meet our March Advisor of the Month!

uncategorized  Meet our March Advisor of the Month!Congratulations and thank you to Othman Talib!

Othman became an Advisor just last month after letting us know about the hundreds of seminars he was teaching all across Malaysia since 2011. How Othman managed to stay under our radar for a long time…we don’t know how, but we are sure glad to know him now! 
His talks integrates Mendeley with the academic thesis writing process and he’s developed an entire program of maximizing Mendeley and academic writing, full of interesting acronyms like:
ZDOT (Zero Draft of Thesis);
SROT (Speed Reading On Target);
FBOT (Filter Based On Theme);
OTOT (Operational Template of Thesis);
AFOT( Article’s Framework Of Thesis)
…and so on. If you can’t tell, Othman really loves his acronyms. Have you seen a common theme in his acronyms?  “As you notice my name is OT (Othman Talib) and now I’m OTFM (Official Trainer for Mendeley)!! People and friends call me just “OT” or “Dr. OT” he said.
Othman has written a book about Mendeley in Malay and is now working on its English translation. 

How did you get into research and what do you research?
I received a Bachelor in Chemistry, Master in science education (both in Malaysia) and Doctor of Education in Science Education from The University of Adelaide, Australia.
I’m interested in research regarding science animation and now in the process of developing Apps for Organic Reaction Mechanisms.

How long have you been on Mendeley?What were you using prior to Mendeley?
I used EndNote during my studies. Then in 2010, I tried Mendeley because its free!! I was so surprised Mendeley is so easy to learn and then I started to use it in my research. Then I posted the steps of using Mendeley in my blog and now my blog is approaching 1 million reviews!

How does Mendeley influence your research?

Mendeley is a superb Reference Manager. Its easy to use, to learn and such a complete package for managing articles. I combine the use of Mendeley with my own technique, Zero Draft of Thesis (ZDOT), Dropbox, and MS Word, it becomes a complete, efficient and fast way to prepare an academic manuscripts (thesis, proposal, project, report etc)

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?
I just love to share with others in the Mendeley Advisor group.

How have you been spreading the word about Mendeley?

 uncategorized  Meet our March Advisor of the Month!

I’m a lecturer of Research Methodology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. I’m also a consultant for my university as well as a speaker for Malaysian Postgraduates Workshop Series. I’m also an advisor for few government agencies. Most of the institutions invited me because they want to learn Mendeley from me.

I wrote a lot about Mendeley in my blog, as well as in my Facebook. I have thousands of friends in facebook and thousands of followers for my blog. My books such as ZDOT and Mendeley are also sold out and need to be reprinted!!

Feel free to explore my Facebook and blog. You can see the word Mendeley even if you don’t understand the Malay language.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


Anda Berkeinginan Melanjutkan Pelajaran Anda Sehingga Ke Doktor Falsafah?? Kami Cadangkan Kepada Anda Sebuah Buku:

Judul: PhD Kecil TapiSignifikan
Penulis: Muhd Kamil Ibrahim 

✔Pengalaman penulis sendiri dalam menuntut ilmu sehingga berjaya mendapat PhD
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Buku ini dapat memberi motivasi dan semangat kepada mereka yang ingin berjaya. Ianya bagai sebuah novel akademik.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

One Day Workshop on Literature Review using ATLAS.ti (Malaysia)


"If you want to do good qualitative research, you need a reliable tool to help you. ATLAS.ti does that" - Vita PoŇ°tuvan, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia
ATLAS.ti gives you all the tools you need for computer-based qualitative data analysis. With this powerful «Knowledge Workbench» you can conduct your research both systematically and creatively. Get started right from the tutorial and code your way through your material in no time. Sophisticated yet intuitive features help you arrange, reassemble and manage data in virtually any digital format – and with your material under control, you can focus on making sense of it all. It’s really that easy. Whether you work in anthropology, economics, criminology, medicine, or other fields, ATLAS.ti is the key to getting the most out of your analysis.

"Those starting off with using software to assist them with their qualitative research find this package the most straight forward and quickest to learn"
- Angela Aubertin, London School of Economics and Political Science

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introductory Rasch Model Workshop: Applications in Survey Research and Educational Measurement

The research paradigm and the Rasch model

There is a philosophical or paradigm difference between the application of the Rasch model and other IRT models, for example, the two-parameter and three-parameter models are designed for responses scored just 0, 1.. In the paradigm of other IRT models, the emphasis is on finding a model that best characterizes the given data; in the Rasch paradigm, the emphasis is in identifying and studying anomalies in the data disclosed by the Rasch model. Thus, in the paradigm of applying other than Rasch models, if the Rasch model does not work then a more complicated model, relative to the simpler Rasch model, that might explain the data better is sought. In the case of dichotomously scored data, this might be the two parameter model which has a second parameter for each item. 

Is there more than one Rasch model?

There is only one Rasch model for unidimensional responses at the level of one person responding to one item.However, there are different specifications when more than two ordered response categories are present. In one specification, all items might be hypothesized to have the same parameters across all items, as for example in the case that all items have the same response structure (e.g. SD, D, A, SA). In a second specification, different parameters across items may be needed when items do not have the same response categories, as in achievement testing when different items may have a different number of ordered categories and most certainly a different description of the categories 

Different Rasch Model Specifications

For the case where the response categories are the same across items (e.g. SD, D, A, SA), the Rasch model has been called "the rating scale model"; the case where the response categories are different across items has been called the "partial credit model". It is stressed, however, that the structure and response process for a person responding to an item is identical in the two specifications. Rather than emphasizing two models for the above different specifications, it can be more efficient to refer to one RaschUnidimensional Measurement Model (RUMM) with different numbers of categories and different parameterizations (as in RUMM2030). Thus it might be better to refer to the former as a rating scale parameterization; the latter as a partial credit parameterization. 

Thresholds and Steps

One particular difference that has arisen in different Rasch analysis reporting is the use of "step", when the parameters are different across items, and "thresholds", when they are the same across items. This can give the impression that the response process characteristized by the Rasch model is a sequential process. However, the Rasch model is NOT a sequential processing model but a static model, which just specifies the probability of a person with a given location responding, or being classified, in one of the categories of an item. 

For example, the term "step" is not used in the dichotomous case because it would imply, implausibly, that a person goes from being wrong to being right, or goes from disagreeing to agreeing. Instead the person is either wrong or right, or either disagrees or agrees; there is no sequential processing here. The response process is a classification into ordered categories defined by thresholds which can be seen as analogous to markings on a ruler except that the thresholds do not have to be equidistant as they are in a ruler - they are estimated. The threshold is the point where the probability of a response in either one of two adjacent categories is 50%. 

Disordered Thresholds as an Anomaly

As in the case of a ruler, thresholds marking off successive categories need to be ordered to be interpretable. However, in estimating the thresholds from the data, it is possible to discover that the estimates are not properly ordered. This is a sign that the categories are not working as intended and an anomaly in the data that needs to be understood and corrected is disclosed.

Prior to the work of Rasch, Thurstone had constructed a model for ordered categories which also involved thresholds. These may be derived from the Rasch thresholds. The problem with the Thurstone thresholds is that they are always ordered as a property of the model no matter what the features of the data - they have no use in disclosing whether categories are working in the ordering intended. Thurstone thresholds cannot disclose any anomalies in the ordering; indeed they will hide them. 

If you are interested to LEARN and KNOW more about Introductory Rasch Model Workshop: Applications in Survey Research and Educational Measurement, you can join our workshop.

The details of the workshops are as follow:
Course Title : Introductory Rasch Model Workshop: Applications in Survey Research and Educational Measurement

Date:  17 - 18 March 2014 (Monday - Tuesday)
Time:  8:30 am – 5:30 pm 
Medium:  English 
Fee:  RM300 (early bird rate) / RM400 (normal rate) 
Venue:  MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, 63-2, JalanKajangImpian 1/11,
Taman KajangImpian, Seksyen 7, 43650 Bandar BaruBangi, Selangor

For registration and more information, please go to the following link:
This workshop is open to all researchers, academicians and postgraduate students from government agencies, local and international higher learning institutions, as well as private sector.
We also accept payment via LO/PO. However, the price will be normal price and the LO/PO must be sent prior to the event. If your company/organization is having difficulty to prepare LO/PO prior to the event, we do accept Letter of Undertaking (LoU) as an assurance that the payment will be made after the event. 

Registration fees cover refreshments and lunch. All fees must be fully paid before the commencement of the course. Otherwise, participants will not be allowed to enter the lecture hall. 

Places are limited.
Only a few places.

Act now!  

For registration and more information, please go to the following link:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Apakah perbezaan antara ATLAS.ti dengan perisian EndNote/Mendeley yang saya sedang gunakan sekarang?

Secara umumnya, ATLAS.ti tidak berada di dalam kategori yang sama dengan EndNote/Mendeley.

Sebagaimana ramai maklum, EndNote/Mendeley ialah satu perisian ‘bibliographic reference manager” (BRM) dan digunakan untuk menguruskan citation dan bibliografi. Ia disertakan plugin dalam Microsoft Word untuk membantu otomasi citation dan juga bibliografi bagi tujuan penulisan tesis yang efisyen.

Manakala ATLAS.ti pula ialah satu perisian berkomputer untuk analisa data berbentuk kualitatif ataupun ‘computer-aided qualitative data analysis software’ (CADQA). Ia tidak dapat membantu untuk proses citation atau bibliografi, namun ia berupaya membantu pembacaan literatur dan membuat otomasi ekstrak point-point penting daripada literatur itu tadi. Dalam erti kata lain, ATLAS.ti membantu penyelidik untuk analisa kandungan literatur untuk tujuan penulisan literatur review atau kajian literatur secara teratur dan sistematik.

Sebaiknya, penyelidik ‘kahwinkan’ satu perisian BRM (seperti EndNote/Mendeley) dengan satu perisian CAQDA (seperti ATLAS.ti) bagi memudahkan proses literature review kita.

Dalam kursus sehari “Literature Review menggunakan ATLAS.ti” anjuran MPWS, kami akan menerangkan perkara ini, dan beberapa perkara lain yang penting untuk tujuan membuat literature review dengan efisyen. Antara lain:

TIGA langkah mudah membuat literature review menggunakan ATLAS.ti

· Bagaimana mengklasifikasikan poin-poin penting untuk penulisan literature review

· Bagaimana membuat otomasi ekstrak poin-poin penting dan menggambarkan secara visual, tekstual dan numerical

· Bagaimana membuat backup untuk projek literature review anda menggunakan fungsi mudah dalam ATLAS.ti

Jangan ketinggalan dengan kursus yang kami sediakan bermula 7 Mac ini ;

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Siri bengkel penerangan dan aplikasi Document Map, Mendeley, ATLAS.ti, AMOS, SmartPLS, Rasch Model bagi “menghebatkan” penulisan tesis / proposal, literature review, analisis data dan instrumen yang disampaikan oleh fasilitator berpengalaman.

Siapa patut hadir?
•  Pelajar Master / PhD (dan yang setara) – sains mahupun sains sosial
•  Pensyarah  / penyelidik / pembantu penyelidik / tutor / individu berminat
•  Pelajar tahun akhir yang bercadang melanjutkan pengajian peringkat pascasiswah

22 March 2014 (Saturday)
7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Dewan Tun Abdullah Saleh (DTAMS) UKM
Speakers ››
Dr. Othman Talib - UPM
Dr. Siti Uzairiah Mohd Tobi - UTM
Ani Munirah Mohamad - UUM
Associate Professor Dr. Zainudin Hj Awang - UiTM
Dr. Akbariah Mohd Mahdzir - UTM
Register 1 Participant - RM50
Register 3 Participants - RM100

Medium ›› Bahasa Malaysia
Note : Lunch pack will be provided

Tentatif Program

Hebat 1: 8.45 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.
Tulis Tesis Pantas - Integrasi Doc Map dan Mendeley
(Dr. Othman Talib - UPM)

Hebat 2: 10.15 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Master / PhD: Kekuatan Spiritual & Emosi
(Dr. Siti Uzairiah Mohd Tobi - UTM)

Hebat 3: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Wow! Mudahnya buat Literature Review dengan ATLAS.ti
(Madam Ani Munirah Mohamad - UUM)

Makan Tengahari: 1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Hebat 4: 2.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
The Second Generation Method of Data Analysis: Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using AMOS and PLS
(Associate Professor Dr. Zainudin Hj Awang - UiTM)

Hebat 5: 3.30 p.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Analisis Instrumen / Questionnaire: Rasch Model
(Dr. Akbariah Mohd Mahdzir - UTM)