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Saturday, July 21, 2018

How 'big-picture thinking' and IB study go hand in glove | Education - The Sydney Morning Herald

"The International Baccalaureate alternative in high school is growing" summarizes Fran Molloy, Journalist.
 

IB students, from left, Alexandra Doubleday, Kate Addison and Sophia Kennaugh with Tara's head of Senior School Scott Baker.
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Students at Tara Anglican School for Girls will now learn their years 7 to 10 coursework via the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program, a framework for teaching that the school introduced more than two years ago when students now in year 9 began their secondary schooling.

Head of Senior School Scott Baker says the content follows the Australian curriculum, but is taught differently. 

"The framework through which the material is taught is best practice," he says.

The IB middle years program (MYP) gives broad coverage in creative arts and design, language acquisition, literature, maths, physical education, societies and science...

A key part of IB study is learning how to take notes, how to reference and research. That's music to the ears of universities, some of whom have begun making unconditional early entry offers to IB students based on their predicted results.
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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald 


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Op-Ed: How Africa can embrace an artificial intelligence enabled future | CNBCAfrica.com

"Currently, no African country is among the top 10 countries expected to benefit most from AI and automation. But, the continent has the potential to catch up with the rest of world if we act fast" says Zoaib Hoosen, Microsoft Managing Director.


t’s no longer news that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be a driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the global economic returns of this revolution expected to be in the region of about $16 trillion.

Along with these returns, AI is also expected to create 2.3 million new jobs by 2020, according to Gartner.

However, if we look at previous revolutions, history shows us that these revolutions have always been accompanied by a brief transition of temporary job loss followed by a period of recovery where job creation moves into more positive territory.

This means that we all need to take steps now to prepare AI in the future...

Combining STEM with the arts
Young people have a leg up on those already in the working world because they can easily develop the necessary skills for these new roles. It’s therefore essential that our education system constantly evolves to equip youth with the right skills and way of thinking to be successful in jobs that may not even exist yet.

As the division of tasks between man and machine changes, we must re-evaluate the type of knowledge and skills imparted to future generations.

For example, technical skills will be required to design and implement AI systems, but interpersonal skills, creativity and emotional intelligence will also become crucial in giving humans an advantage over machines.

“At one level, AI will require that even more people specialise in digital skills and data science. But skilling-up for an AI-powered world involves more than science, technology, engineering and math. As computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions.” This is according to Microsoft president, Brad Smith, and EVP of AI and research, Harry Shum, who recently authored the book “The Future Computed”, which primarily deals with AI and its role in society.

Interestingly, institutions like Stanford University are already implementing this forward-thinking approach. The university offers a programme called CS+X, which integrates its computer science degree with humanities degrees, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts and Science qualification.
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Recommended Reading

The Future Computed is available here 
The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer and Harry Shum, Executive Vice President of Microsoft AI and Research Group. 

Source: CNBCAfrica.com


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Want to change the world? Pursue research in the humanities… | University - Study International News

“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.” J. Irwin Miller


"From age-old sketches across cave walls to time-worn folklore tales, the humanities have long been mankind’s means of decoding a complex world" argues Study International News.
 
Photo: School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

 
Our ancient ancestors recorded thoughts and feelings, created magnificent art, told fantastical stories and developed philosophical theories. Detailed research and analysis of these achievements reveal the intricate twists and turns of our past, offering a foundation that helps us understand and predict current and future trends.

When the relevance and credibility of this discipline comes under fire, it serves us well to take stock of its powerful legacy. Advancements in the humanities through the ages have come to define the very fabric of our existence. And since they have shaped the world today, they will greatly factor into our tomorrow.

But the world in which they were first conceived is fundamentally different to the one they’re used in now.

The current digital age is one centred on disruptive technologies, thriving on change and rapid-pace development. In this world, failure to adapt breeds the very real danger of becoming obsolete.

As the basis of all common knowledge we’ve come to discover, research in the humanities must continue to evolve to meet the challenges of life in the twenty-first century.

“Tackling today’s biggest social and technological challenges requires the ability to think critically about their human context, which is something that humanities graduates happen to be best trained to do,” explains Vivek Wadhwa of The Washington Post.

Research in the humanities has driven advances in diverse fields, from healthcare to robotics. Humanities graduates influence every major sector and tackle the greatest issues in our world, while leaders increasingly look for support from those who understand every layer of the human condition.

The masterminds who forge our path through the intricate turns of these disciplines are empowered by higher education. Statistics have revealed the humanities to hold the most popular subjects studied among global leaders.

Known for research excellence and technological innovation, Nanyang Technological University‘s (NTU) standing at number 12 in the QS World Ranking positions it among the global academic elite. Topping the QS Top 50 Under 50 chart for the fifth year in a row, NTU’s research is known and respected across all corners of the globe.
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Source: Study International News


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Select group studying with Manchester Music Festival | The Manchester Journal

Hundreds of applicants. Four continents and at least 14 countries' worth of performances. Thousands and thousands of hours of practice, continues The Manchester Journal.

Music Festival artistic director Adam Neiman works with cellist Michael Newman, a student in MMF's Young Artists Program. 
Photo: Provided by MMFManchester

All for 17 slots.

Each year, seventeen young musicians, aged 18 to 26, are offered a spot at the Manchester Music Festival's Young Artists Program, where they receive daily instruction from world-famous musical masters for five weeks. Many had begun their musical careers by the age of 5 or 6; some have since been honing their craft for close to two decades. They have played all over the country and around the world, but all are excited at the prospect of learning from one another and from some of the best musicians in the world here in Manchester.

"I think that most musicians would agree that you can't ever reach a point where you feel you've stopped learning," said cellist Rajan Kapoor. "You learn all the time and in different ways, which is something I love about being a musician."

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Source: The Manchester Journal


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Belize Music Agency offering free music classes | LoveFM

Johnelle McKenzie, Author at LoveFM notes, The participants in the next story won’t be carrying 2 knapsacks but they will have instruments. 

James Sanker, Belize Music Agency

Learning to play music can be a very costly venture.  However, James Sanker of Belize Music Agency is holding a free six-month musical training for children. Love News spoke with Sanker about the initiative

James Sanker, Belize Music Agency: “It’s call the Southside music program. The aim of it is to engage youths from the Southside in learning music. I taught summer would have been too short to get the results I would have liked and so it’s a six month program, it’s free and I have four music classes each week, guitar on Monday on Tuesday we have keyboard, on Wednesday we have vocals and drumming on Friday, we will be teaching Kriol drums and acoustic drum sets. Right now we have enrolled in the class we were aiming at having ten students per class we have a little bit more than that but with some other assistance I think I might be able to take on more people in the course so if you would still like to bring your kid starting from 12-18 to come there is still room that we will be able to accept people.”

Interested persons can call 632-3224 or 205-6294 for more information. Sanker said that the children will participate in a musical performance at the end of the training.

Source: LoveFM


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Children Learn About Multicultural Music With Brad Peterson At The C.H. Booth Library | Features - The Newtown Bee

"As children ages 6 to 9 gathered in the C.H. Booth Library’s Meeting Room on July 9, music teacher Brad Peterson set up more than a dozen instruments for the first Multicultural Music class" inform  Alissa Silber, Reporter.

Photo:C. H. Booth Library

Throughout the lesson, he taught the children what the various instruments were, like the conga and djembe drums, and had them practice the proper ways of playing them.

Children also participated in singing traditional songs from around the world while learning rhythm through hand clapping exercises.

Those interested in attending the next Multicultural Music classes can register online and visit the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Monday, July 23.

For more information about the C.H. Booth Library, visit chboothlibrary.org.

Source: The Newtown Bee


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dubai university to launch first artificial intelligence degree | Arabian Business

British University in Dubai announces plan to launch AI degree as part of UAE's 2031 AI strategy, as Arabian Business reports.
 


The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has launched the country's first bachelors degree in artificial intelligence to support the UAE's 2031 AI strategy.

BUiD, the research-based university, said the degree has been developed in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and is open to both Emiratis and expatriates.

It told media at a press conference attended by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, that the four-year degree course will start at the end of September, and tuition fees will total AED230,000. 
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Source: Arabian Business


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The best programming language for data science and machine learning | ZDNet

Hint: There is no easy answer, and no consensus either, as ZDNet reports.


Arguing about which programming language is the best one is a favorite pastime among software developers. The tricky part, of course, is defining a set of criteria for "best."

With software development being redefined to work in a data science and machine learning context, this timeless question is gaining new relevance. Let's look at some options and their pros and cons, with commentary from domain experts.

Even though, in the end, the choice is at least to some extent a subjective one, some criteria come to mind. Ease of use and syntax may be subjective, but things such as community support, available libraries, speed, and type safety are not. There are a few nuances here, though.

Execution speed and type safety 
In machine learning applications, the training and operational (or inference) phases for algorithms are distinct. So, one approach taken by some people is to use one language for the training phase and then another one for the operational phase.

The reasoning here is to work during development with the language that is more familiar or easy to use, or has the best environment and library support. Then the trained algorithm is ported to run on the environment preferred by the organization for its operations.

While this is an option, especially using standards such as PMML, it may increase operational complexity. In addition, in many cases things are not clear-cut, as programming done in one language may call libraries in another one, thus diluting the argument on execution speed.

Another thing to note is type safety. Type safety in programming languages is a little like schema in databases: While not having it increases flexibility, it also increases the chances of errors.

In this thread initiated by Andriy Burkov, machine learning team leader at Gartner, Burkov argues against using dynamically typed languages such as Python for machine learning.

"You can run an experiment for several hours, or even days, just to find out that the code crashed because of an incorrect type conversion or a wrong number of attributes in a method call," says Burkov.
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Source: ZDNet


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Using Deep Learning For Sound Classification: An In-Depth Analysis | Analytics India Magazine

Transmitting sound through a machine and expecting an answer is a human depiction is considered as an highly-accurate deep learning task, as Analytics India Magazine reports.


Every one of us has come across smartphones with mobile assistants such as Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. These are dominating and in a way invading human interactions.

The neural networks built with memory capabilities have made speech recognition 99 percent accurate. Neural networks like LSTMs have taken over the field of Natural Language Processing. A person’s speech can also be understood and processed into text by storing the last word of the particular sentence which is fascinating. To understand how these state-of-the-art applications work, lets us break down the whole process of sound recognition to machine translation.

Wave Breakdown 
The audio signal is separated into different segments before being fed into the network. This can be performed with the help of various techniques such as Fourier analysis or Mel Frequency, among others. The graph below is a representation of a sound wave in a three-dimensional space. A Fourier transform can be performed on a sound wave to represent and visualise them in time or frequency domain...

What are LSTM Neural Networks? 
The LSTM is a network of cells where these cells take input from the previous state ht-1 and current input xt. The main function of the cells is to decide what to keep in mind and what to omit from the memory. The past state, the current memory and the present input work together to predict the next output. The LSTM networks are popular nowadays because of their accurate performance in language processing tasks...

Conclusion 
With the understanding of how to process sound on a machine, one can also work on building their own sound classification systems. But when it comes to deep learning, the data is the key. Larger the data, better the accuracy.
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Source: Analytics India Magazine 


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Anderson 5 to launch virtual school day pilot program | WSPA.com

"This school year Anderson District Five students will be part of a brand new program that will keep them learning even when weather keeps them from the classroom" summarizes Nicole Ford, reporter and multimedia journalist.

Photo: WSPA.com

It's a pilot program for South Carolina that you will only see at Anderson Five.  Superintendent Tom Wilson tells 7News it's a program five years in the making and just recently were they picked by the Oversight Committee to be a participant.

The way it works is that instead of school being closed for snow or inclement weather, the students and staff will instead of an E-Learning day. Since all students have chromebooks supplied by the school, they will be able to take them home for Grades 3rd to 12th to complete assignments online with the ability to communicate with the teachers.
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Source: WSPA.com


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The not-school movement that's helping young people re-engage with learning | Science Daily

Alternative schooling programs could deliver greater learning outcomes for young people who are struggling at school, according to University of South Australia researcher, Dr Thomas Stehlik.

Photo: Nicolas Postiglioni from Pexels

In a paper presented at the Education and New Developments 2018 Conference in Budapest in June, Dr Stehlik says that the growing not-school movement is challenging the confines of traditional schooling because the one-size-fits-all solution for modern education is not working.

"Compulsory schooling is considered a basic responsibility of civil society, yet for many young people, school is a narrow experience that can restrict their potential," Dr Stehlik says.
 
"We need to start looking at education from the perspective of the student.

"The not-school movement is all about encouraging different educational initiatives and practices that 'think outside the box' to provide young people with positive education experiences that they enjoy."

Including all educational programs that occur outside of the school environment, the not-school movement covers activities from art-based initiatives to home schooling. Often unstructured and informal, not-school learning can be delivered by adult educators, youth workers, community developers and parents.

Echoing the findings of Australia's 2018 Gonski Report, Dr Stehlik says that today's mass approach to education is outdated and despite long-term calls for change, little change has occurred.
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Additional resources  
Materials provided by University of South Australia.  
Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Educational Philosophy for 21st Century Teachers

The paper is based on a chapter of Dr Stehlik’s new bookEducational Philosophy for 21st Century Teachers.

Source: Science Daily


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7 ways to foster a culture of learning in IT | The Enterprisers Project

"Constant learning is an must in IT. Leaders share how they make it a priority for everyone in their organization" reports Carla Rudder, writer and content manager on The Enterprisers Project.

Photo: The Enterprisers Project

A passion for learning and limitless curiosity have become sought-after skills in IT talent. That's because companies need people who believe in continuous learning amid increasing digital disruption pressure and ongoing technology change. 

A recent report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services underscores the value of continuous learning – and what IT leaders can do to make it part of their organization’s culture. “CIOs who are serious about transformation are building a learning culture, and a lot of learning comes from trying things that don’t work out,” the report states.

In light of the report’s findings, we asked IT and business leaders to share the ways they are providing on-the-job learning opportunities and encouraging team members to take advantage of them. Read on for seven ideas to make learning interesting, fun, and a priority for everyone in the organization. 
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Additional resources
 
Download this report
Read our new report from HBR Analytic Services: Transformation Masters: The New Rules of CIO Leadership 
Look at the report to learn their secrets for breaking down walls, resetting expectations, and leading in a completely new model. 

Source: The Enterprisers Project


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A Professional Life Defined in EDUCAUSE Years | EDUCAUSE Review

The author describes the thirteen years of her IT professional life S.E. (Since EDUCAUSE).


Cindy Mitchell, Chief Information Officer at Colby College says, "Twenty years of EDUCAUSE—and I missed the first seven! My professional life divides into B.E. (Before EDUCAUSE) and S.E. (Since EDUCAUSE)." 


Despite an IT career of thirty-plus years, I was not privileged to have EDUCAUSE experiences for all of its twenty years. In my administrative systems IT department B.E., there were neither the resources nor the intention for professional development for early-to-mid-career staff—other than specific training to develop technical skills. Adding to the challenge was geographical isolation. B.E., the use of research at my institution occurred primarily among the academic technology staff and the growing and fast-moving network technology fields. Transitioning into managing a team was learned, at best, through modeling good managers (if we were lucky enough to have had them) and, at worst, through inflicting a big experiment on the team with a new leader. 

In 2004, a promotion took me from managing a small team of three to leading a team of forty. The next year, when EDUCAUSE was seven years old and a gem I did not yet know about, my world changed. IT at my institution was reorganized, a CIO position was established, and that position was filled by a great man, Ralph Caruso. Ralph taught me more about leadership and management in one year than I had learned in the prior seventeen, but more important, he gave me the gift of EDUCAUSE as he encouraged me to engage with and take advantage of all EDUCAUSE had to offer.

The CIO Minute: Advice to My Younger Self 


From my very first EDUCAUSE conference, Ralph inspired me to take pre-conference seminars focused on leadership, and in those seminars I began developing relationships that changed me, challenged me, enriched me, and expanded my world. I attended compelling sessions, and the connections I developed as a result of asking presenters numerous questions added to my growing network. I read articles, which took me down trails of further reading. I was mentored and coached. I learned that leading a team well isn't due to luck or personality. It's intentional and thoughtful, and EDUCAUSE has great research, materials, and training to guide our success and impact. Sometimes I wonder how I stumbled through my B.E. life and went from managing three people to leading forty without the network and tools I found and everything I learned S.E. I am sure those forty people wish I had connected with EDUCAUSE before I took over that team. I'm sorry, folks. If only I had known then what I know now!
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Source: EDUCAUSE Review and educause Channel (YouTube)


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Giving and Receiving Instructional Advice | Faculty Development - Faculty Focus

Reprinted from Is it good advice? The Teaching Professor, 27.4 (2013): 4. © Magna Publications.


"How much instructional advice have you heard over the years? How often when you talk about an instructional issue are you given advice, whether you ask for it or not?" explains
Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Author at Faculty Focus. 
 
Photo: Faculty Focus

Let’s say you’re a new teacher or you’re teaching a class you haven’t taught before or something unexpected happens in your class; if you’d like some advice, all you need to do is ask. Anybody who’s spent any time in the classroom seemingly has the right to offer advice. And if you’d rather read advice, there’s still plenty offered in the pedagogical literature, to say nothing of blogs and other social media sources.

Some of the advice offered by colleagues and in articles is excellent. Most of us can recite the good and wise things we’ve learned from fellow teachers. But not all instructional advice is equally good, and it’s not always easy to separate the good advice from advice that is decidedly ho-hum or just plain not very good. The problem is that really bad advice can be delivered articulately and with great conviction. So when a colleague offers advice or you read an article that tells you what you should do about some instructional issue, here are some criteria you can use to consider the merits of what’s being offered...

I think all of us ought to be a bit more careful about offering advice, particularly the definitive here’s-exactly-how-you-do-that kind of instructional advice. If something works well for us, that doesn’t guarantee it’s going to work equally well when another teacher who teaches a different subject and larger classes tries to use it. Making suggestions, proposing alternatives, exploring options, and asking questions is a better way of helping someone who looks like he or she might want or need advice.
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Source: Faculty Focus


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Best online courses for machine learning | Technology - Techworld.com

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"Here are the best online courses to learn about the most exciting frontier of computer science" according to Laurie Clarke, staff writer for IDG titles including Techworld, Computerworld UK and CIO UK.


Photo: Techworld.com

Machine learning is undoubtedly one of the most important frontiers of computer science. With tech behemoths and an increasing number of startups looking to get into this subset of AI, it's a powerful skill for any developer to have.

As a highly technical area, this is most suited to established computer scientists or developers, however many of the courses we list here are also open to complete novices. 

Before attempting to tackle this area, perhaps pick up a copy of 'An Introduction to Statistical Learning' by Robert Tibshirani and Trevor Hastie or 'Machine Learning with R' by Brett Lantz to get a grounding in the subject matter.

For those serious about becoming machine learning experts, there are a variety of expensive, in-person courses to choose from. However, here we list some cheaper online courses appropriate for those who can work autonomously. 
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Source: Techworld.com


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E-learning: New Horizons’ biz skills certification to prep-up Caleb Varsity students | Technology - Vanguard

New Horizons Computer Learning Centres has charged students of Caleb University, Imota in Ikorodu, Lagos State to embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and e-business skills for a secured future, as Vanguard reports.

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General Manager, Education Business, New Horizons, Bolaji Olaoye, speaking at the New Horizons Infotainment Fiesta organized at Caleb University to introduce Huawei ICT Academy from Huawei Technologies Limited, which is reputed to be a leading OEM in telecoms networking globally, encouraged the students to acquire Huawei skills and certification so as to position themselves as tomorrow’s indispensable professionals in the ICT industry, both locally and internationally.

Olaoye said, “We are here to add highly-sought extra value to Caleb University students. Caleb University happens to be one of our partner universities and the whole idea is that we are enhancing the quality of our existing technology offers to them with more robust, hot and latest technologies.We decided to further sensitize the students on the necessity to always validate their skill set with External International certification (EIC). 

We place emphasis on skills so that when the students acquire the skills which we impart to them through our partners, they now validate it with External VUE/Prometric International Certification Examinations so that any one of them that travels abroad will not go and be doing menial jobs, but will be able to compete with their counterparts”.
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Source: Vanguard


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Public officers to get access to a host of online courses | The Straits Times

Public officers will have access to online classrooms offering a wide range of lessons supplied by Singapore's institutes of higher learning (IHLs) and an online provider with over 2,500 courses at its disposal, continues The Straits Times.

The Civil Service College signed an agreement with Singapore's institutes of higher learning and Udemy for Government to provide public officers access to online classrooms.
PHOTO: ST FILE

It is the first time the Civil Service College (CSC) is partnering the 12 IHLs in a whole-of-government effort to support public sector transformation and the transformation of learning in the public sector.

Yesterday, the CSC signed an agreement with the IHLs - five polytechnics, six local universities and the Institute of Technical Education - and Udemy for Government, an approved massive open online courses provider.

Speaking at the SkillsFuture Festival @ SMU event, CSC dean and chief executive Ong Toon Hui said the world is going digital and the public service is no different.
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Source: The Straits Times


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Accessibility in Digital Learning Increasingly Complex | T.H.E. Journal

Dian Schaffhauser, senior contributing editor says "The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) has introduced a series of reports to keep people in education up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of digital learning." 

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The first report covers accessibility and addresses both K-12 and higher education. The series is being produced by OLC's Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership.

The initial report addresses four broad areas tied to accessibility:
  • The national laws governing disability and access and how they apply to online courses;
  • What legal cases exist to guide online course design and delivery in various educational settings;
  • The issues that emerge regarding online course access that might be unique to higher ed or to K-12, and which ones might be shared; and
  • What support online course designers need to generate accessible courses for learners across the education life span (from K-12 to higher education).
As the first report concluded, college and K-12 considerations come into play at multiple levels: institutional, department, program and course for higher ed; and federal, state, district, school and classroom for K-12...

Next up will be an examination of instructional design (expected this month), followed by leadership in August, business models in September, learning sciences in October and workforce development in November. 

All reports in the OLC Outlook series will be available in the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership (registration required).

Source: T.H.E. Journal


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2018

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

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The Cambridge Handbook of Group Interaction Analysis 

The Cambridge Handbook  
of Group Interaction Analysis
This Handbook provides a compendium of research methods that are essential for studying interaction and communication across the behavioral sciences. Focusing on coding of verbal and nonverbal behavior and interaction, the Handbook is organized into five parts...
This is an essential reference for all who study communication in teams and groups.
  • Combines the expertise of 76 leading researchers with rich theoretical and practical knowledge
  • The book is applicable to different areas across many disciplines of the behavioral sciences, including psychology, management studies, communication, and education
  • Presents a unique collection of coding schemes developed to study various constructs relevant to interaction research
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An Introduction to Music Studies

An Introduction
to Music Studies
Why study music? How much practical use is it in the modern world? This introduction proves how studying music is of great value both in its own terms and also in the post-university careers marketplace.
The book explains the basic concepts and issues involved in the academic study of music, draws attention to vital connections across the field and encourages critical thinking over a broad range of music-related issues.
  • Outlines the major benefits of studying music at degree level and covers the diverse approaches and topics a music student can expect to encounter on their course
  • Glossaries provide clear definitions of key terms in music studies
  • Textboxes contain concise summaries of essential information and present illustrative case studies to clarify important themes
  • The RHUL Music Department has been ranked as the No. 1 Music department in the country (and joint No. 2 department of any kind, including sciences, in the whole country)
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Teaching Secondary Science
Theory and Practice


Teaching Secondary Science 
Theory and Practice
Teaching Secondary Science: Theory and Practice provides a dynamic approach to preparing preservice science teachers for practice. Divided into two parts - theory and practice - the text allows students to first become confident in the theory of teaching science before showing how this theory can be applied to practice through ideas for implementation, such as sample lesson plans...
This book includes a single-use twelve-month subscription to Cambridge Dynamic Science.
  • Brings together an expert team of authors comprising leading science education researchers and practicing teachers from across Australia
  • Divides the theory and practice of teaching secondary science, allowing students to master the theory before learning how to implement it in their own teaching
  • Fosters each preservice teacher's science teacher identity
  • Provides practical examples across year levels and subject areas that students can adapt to use in their own teaching
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Complex Analysis 

Complex Analysis
This new edition of a classic textbook develops complex analysis from the established theory of real analysis by emphasising the differences that arise as a result of the richer geometry of the complex plane...
With numerous worked examples and exercises, clear and direct proofs, and a view to the future of the subject, this is an invaluable companion for any modern complex analysis course.
  • Using simple topological ideas of continuity and connectivity, this textbook explains the differences between real and complex analysis as a consequence of the richer geometry of the complex plane and teaches students to translate visual intuition into rigorous proof
  • Introduces a simple formal definition of an extension field containing infinitesimal quantities to show the connection between pure and applied approaches - students grasp the continuing evolution of mathematical ideas
  • Includes supplementary material showing in more detail the changes between the previous edition and this one
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Introduction to Philosophy 

Introduction to Philosophy
Introduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.
Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a "Logical Toolkit," a guide to writing philosophy papers, and study questions after each reading selection.
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Philosophy Here and Now

Philosophy Here and Now
Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life, Third Edition, is a topically organized hybrid text/reader that helps students understand, appreciate, and even do philosophy. The book emphasizes philosophical writing, reinforced with step-by-step coaching in how to write argumentative essays and supported by multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking.
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The Second Age of Computer Science

The Second Age 
 of Computer Science
By the end of the 1960s, a new discipline named computer science had come into being. A new scientific paradigm--the 'computational paradigm'--was in place, suggesting that computer science had reached a certain level of maturity. Yet as a science it was still precociously young...
This book describes the evolution of computer science in this second age in the form of seven overlapping, intermingling, parallel histories that unfold concurrently in the course of the two decades. 
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Statistics in Music Education Research

Statistics in Music
Education Research
In Statistics in Music Education Research, author Joshua Russell offers a new course book that explains the process of using a range of statistical analyses from inception to research design to data entry to final analysis using understandable descriptions and examples from extant music education research.
  • All examples from within the field of music education
  • Offers step-by-step instructions for application and understanding
  • Comprehensive companion website with data sets

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Source: Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press
 


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