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Friday, July 19, 2019

How women created some of the world's biggest education tech companies | Online learning - The Guardian

The tech industry is dominated by men, but some of the world’s biggest education tech brands have women at the helm.

The Department for Education has unveiled plans to build “the best edtech ecosystem in the world”.
 Photo: Alamy Stock
What do these women have in common? They’re all former teachers.

Everything’s going digital, and that includes education. From homework management apps to virtual reality geometry lessons, there’s plenty on offer from companies competing for a slice of the sizeable global market for online learning.

Education technology (edtech) exports are worth £170m to the UK economy and the Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled plans to build “the best edtech ecosystem in the world”, with a new edtech strategy. It’s hoped powerful technologies will improve student learning and relieve teacher workload in the face of shrinking education budgets.

Yet, despite a majority female teaching workforce at school level, women are missing from senior edtech roles: a problem highlighted when the DfE recently announced an edtech leadership advisory group in which women from the edtech industry were equalled by men named Chris. That’s not even including group chair, Chris Holmes, and universities minister, Chris Skidmore, who works with the panel...

Leading the way for female edtech representation globally is Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor and creator of online learning platform, Coursera.
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Source: The Guardian

Online Learning Is Getting More Popular Among Students | Easy Reader

Teri Marin, Easy Reader News summarizes, Online courses, provided by some of the best schools in the country, are very popular among professionals. 

Photo: Santiago Jaramillo via Flickr
The fact that they can go back to school while maintaining a fulltime career is one of the things that make online courses suitable for professionals. Even entrepreneurs are returning to school and pursuing degrees in specific fields.

However, online degrees aren’t just popular among professionals. Highschool graduates now prefer continuing their journeys online instead of attending brick-and-mortar courses. In fact, recent studies showed that the number of students actively choosing to continue their education online is growing by an average of 8% per year.

So, what makes online learning so popular among students? What about those who are pursuing their master’s or doctorate degrees? There are some common threads in how online courses are seen by students.
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Source: Easy Reader 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

9 ways e-learning maths can do away with any math phobia and make you an expert | Mathematics - India Today

Studying mathematics through e-learning can do away with the math phobia or anxiety that many students feel because of the way the subject is taught traditionally, notes Sachin Gulati, teaches maths in a fun learning way. 

Math phobia is caused by the traditional system of teaching mathematics. Rather than mugging up questions, students need to understand the concept and theory well.
E-learning has offered convenience, user-friendly interface, accessibility to quality faculties and host of other benefits to a student. For a subject like mathematics, the platform is more capable in offering one-to-one attention thereby solving student's need for the subject.

In a classroom scenario, a student often does not consult the teacher due to shyness or forgetfulness. In an online environment, a student is free to ask and resolve any question-be it mathematics or any other subject. Therefore learning becomes inclusive and interactive.

In this regard, Indian company TruMath is working towards eradicating the fear that students have for mathematics.

Mathematics can be fun!
Learning mathematics requires a lot of patience both from students and teacher. Unfortunately, in India, the reputation around the subject is so poor that everyone thinks Math is boring, painful to learn and un-enjoyable! But not anymore!

E-learning can make the subject fun, interesting and understandable. E-learning actually opens door to a world of mathematics that is fun and exciting...

When teachers use technology strategically, they can provide greater access to mathematics for all students.
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Source: India Today

University of Zagreb uses Moodle to support e-learning in over 115 higher education institutions in Croatia | Case Studies - Moodle

University of Zagreb University Computing Centre (SRCE) is currently the main institution for planning, designing, building and maintaining the e-infrastructure in the Academic and Research community in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Croatia by Júlia Verdaguer.

In this case study, learn how SRCE became the key organisation in e-learning implementation and guidance for the whole Research and Higher Education systems in the country...

The Challenge
In 2007, University of Zagreb established the E-learning Centre at SRCE with the aim of starting a systematic implementation of e-learning and enhancing the quality of university education.

That included providing a virtual learning environment (VLE) for all the varied and diverse institutions of University of Zagreb, many of which did not see how e-learning could fit in their strategy.
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Source: Moodle

Local STEM camp inspires young girls just in time for Apollo 11 anniversary | KMTV 3 News Now

A local STEM camp pushes young kids to think differently, says Ruta Ulcinaite, Reporter at  KMTV 3 News Now team.

Photo: Screenshot from KMTV - 3 News Now Video
"Camp Invention's been hosted with Bennington Schools for nine or ten years," director of the camp Kendal Runde said.'

But it's not your typical summer camp.

"Each kido gets to make and design and decorate their own robot, and so then there's programming involved to get their robots to be able to play soccer," Runde said.

STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, is underutilized. But this growing field is critical in a fast evolving world...

And the camp is taking place during a historical time in the STEM community. 50 years ago this week, Apollo 11 made its historic landing on the moon. Today, young girls everywhere reach for the stars, just as Niel Armstrong and others did all those years ago.

Hicks said she'd like to have an all-women flight to the Moon or Mars. 
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Source: KMTV 3 News Now

Kurt Gödel's legacy - Time travel is mathematically imaginable / University of Vienna from 25 to 27 July 2019 | Science X News Wire - Phys.Org

Kurt Gödel's legacy—Time travel is mathematically imaginable.

Photo: Kurt Gödel’s Legacy: Does Future lie in the Past?
"Does Future Lie in the Past?" This is the title of an international conference in Vienna that combines logic, computer science and physics featuring speakers such as Nobel laureate Rainer Weiss, mathematical rockstar John D. Barrow, AI researcher Toby Walsh, and physicist Marika Taylor among others.
Two events that have strongly influenced the world of science are celebrating an anniversary this year: The decisive review of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is 100 years old. And 70 years ago Kurt Gödel proved that the theory of relativity permits a strange kind of universe: Under certain conditions, as Gödel could show, a universe with closed world lines is possible, in which time has a circular structure and objects at some point seamlessly return to their own past. Thus time travel within the general theory of relativity is conceivable...

Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Mechanics
Matthias Baaz, TU Vienna: "Just as Einstein and Gödel shook the foundations of science, today's knowledge about statistical and logical methods could lead the way to artificial intelligence (AI) in new directions". AI researcher Toby Walsh and science philosopher Reinhard Kahle are investigating developments in artificial intelligence and the demand for explainable and responsible AI computers that can learn independently without corrupt or distorted data. Another future topic with potential for revolutionary insights is quantum informatics: quantum physicists Markus Aspelmeyer and Wolfgang Schleich as well as mathematician and physicist Marika Taylor, formerly a close collaborator of Stephen Hawking, will describe the current state of research in this field.
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Source: Phys.Org

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

With 100 + episodes, 'Stats + Stories' continues to advocate for numerical literacy | Campus - Miami University

Miami University’s John Bailer believes people have a big problem with numbers by Ryan McSheffrey, Journalism at Miami University.

John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington and Richard Campbell generate the stories statistics tell. 
Photo: Miami University
"There are people who are prideful in their statements of 'I don't do math,'" said Bailer, chair of Miami's department of statistics and University Distinguished Professor. "The idea that you could be prideful in your ignorance is a sad commentary for me."

According to Bailer, there's something of a double standard going on.

"If you were illiterate, you'd be embarrassed to say so. It would be viewed as something you need to fix."

Miami professor Richard Campbell has first-hand experience in a field he says students who have this kind of statistical illiteracy tend to drift toward...

The show ramped up to weekly production after receiving funding from the American Statistical Association last year. It’s also landed a listing on National Public Radio's website.  A typical episode has 800-1,200 listeners, some of whom tell the panelists about its reach.

"My niece told me her high school math teacher was a fan of 'Stats + Stories' and used it in class," Bailer said. "My nephew who goes to another university (read: not Miami) said a professor assigned it as an assignment in class."
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Source: Miami University

Are you Mathematician? We bet you to solve this viral Math equation! | Speed News Desk - Catch News

Do you think of yourself as a Mathematician? asks Speed News Desk.

Photo: Speed News Desk
If yes, then solve this equation which has beats everyone’s brains out on social media. A mathematical equation is doing the rounds on Twitter which has left many puzzled to solve it. An equation was shared by a KJ Cheetham on his Twitter handle. He captioned, "A maths meme that is funny rather than stupid: Solve carefully! 230 - 220 x 0.5 =?"

He also wrote the answer to the problem is 5. But didn’t mention the solution. 

Britain’s £50 Note Will Honor Computing Pioneer Alan Turing | Business - The New York Times

During his lifetime, the mathematician and computer pioneer’s reputation was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later, inform Amie Tsang, general assignment business reporter based in London.

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain’s new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced on Monday.
Photo: Bank of England
Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

The decision to put Mr. Turing on the highest-denomination English bank note, worth about $62, adds to growing public recognition of his achievements. His reputation during his lifetime was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later.

“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path breaking.”...

Mr. Turing’s work provided the theoretical basis for modern computers, and for ideas of artificial intelligence. His work on code-breaking machines during World War II also drove forward the development of computing, and is regarded as having significantly affected the course of the war.

Mr. Turing died in 1954, two years after being convicted under Victorian laws against homosexuality and forced to endure chemical castration. The British government apologized for his treatment in 2009, and Queen Elizabeth granted him a royal pardon in 2013. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

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The Probability Companion for Engineering and Computer Science

The Probability Companion for
Engineering and Computer Science
This friendly guide is the companion you need to convert pure mathematics into understanding and facility with a host of probabilistic tools. The book provides a high-level view of probability and its most powerful applications...
The underlying mathematics is presented in full, but clarity takes priority over complete rigour, making this text a starting reference source for researchers and a readable overview for students.
  • Some sixty-four exercises and ninety-one worked examples feature real-world scenarios
  • Hundreds of diagrams illustrate concepts and results to help readers visualise concepts and improve intuition
  • Detailed mathematical derivations are built for clarity rather than complete rigour
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Network Flow Algorithms

Network Flow Algorithms
Network flow theory has been used across a number of disciplines, including theoretical computer science, operations research, and discrete math, to model not only problems in the transportation of goods and information, but also a wide range of applications from image segmentation problems in computer vision to deciding when a baseball team has been eliminated from contention...

  It covers maximum flows, minimum-cost flows, generalized flows, multicommodity flows, and global minimum cuts and also presents recent work on computing electrical flows along with recent applications of these flows to classical problems in network flow theory.
  • Presents results in the area from a modern computer science algorithms outlook
  • Contains several key algorithms not previously treated in book form, including new algorithms on electrical flow
  • Includes fifty-five end-of-chapter exercises which provide applications and additional algorithms to analyze
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Next-Generation Ethics - Engineering a Better Society 

Next-Generation Ethics
Engineering a Better Society
Many of the significant developments of our era have resulted from advances in technology, including the design of large-scale systems; advances in medicine, manufacturing, and artificial intelligence; the role of social media in influencing behaviour and toppling governments; and the surge of online transactions that are replacing human face-to-face interactions...

Technologists and general readers with no formal ethics training and specialists exploring technological applications to the field of ethics will benefit from this overview.
  • Written in a style tailored to a general audience
  • Applications span a variety of different fields, including technology, business, medicine, and public policy
  • Prominent contributors include Vint Cerf, Glenda Cooper, Eric Horvitz, and Deirdre Mulligan
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Fundamentals of Machine Learning 

Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Interest in machine learning is exploding worldwide, both in research and for industrial applications. Machine learning is fast becoming a fundamental part of everyday life.
This book is a brief introduction to this area - exploring its importance in a range of many disciplines, from science to engineering, and even its broader impact on our society. The book is written in a style that strikes a balance between brevity of explanation, rigorous mathematical argument, and outlines principle ideas...
  • Includes both deep learning and Bayesian ideas, whereas most books on machine learning focus only on either deep learning or Bayesian approaches
  • Gives the reader a broad overview of this rapidly growing field, in a short and accessible guide
  • Provides the reader with programming examples, helping them better understand the concepts of machine learning
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The Oxford Handbook of Expertise 

The Oxford Handbook of Expertise
The study of expertise weaves its way through various communities of practice, across disciplines, and over millennia. To date, the study of expertise has been primarily concerned with how human beings perform at a superior level in complex environments and sociotechnical systems, and at the highest levels of proficiency...
  • A comprehensive and inclusive review of the science of expertise.
  • Expert editors and contributors guide readers through a growing research area.
  • Wide range of topics covering a broad field give readers everything they need to know about this ever growing area of research.
  • Provides guidelines on how to use the material presented to study expertise.
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Computing Possible Futures 

Computing Possible Futures
Mathematical modelling and simulation is an increasingly powerful area of mathematics and computer science, which in recent years has been fuelled by the unprecedented access to larger than ever stores of data. These techniques have an increasing number of applications in the professional and political spheres, and people try to predict the results of certain courses of action as accurately as possible... 
  • A wide range of modeling paradigms are addressed and explained with detailed illustrations rather than pure mathematics, making content easier to digest
  • Brings material to life with illustrations of how computational models have supported important real life decisions
  • Provides broad coverage of systems engineering, operations research, analytics, and AI, all applied in the context of a human-centered approach
  • Makes a breadth of conceptual material easy to digest
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How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life

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This eBook explores how and why to unteher yourself from technology throughout the workday, on the weekends, and on vacation, without undoing your career...
  • Baratunde Thurton’s ambivalence toward technology - how fulfilling yet burdensome social platforms became for him, or to
  • Young Rahm Emanuel’s desire to fit in family life with a heady White House gig, or to
  • A Home Depot executive’s inability to turn down projects for fear of missing out on growing business, or to
  • One millennial’s struggle to resist his generation’s lifestyle
Every day we make choices - for starters, how much or how little to unplug - that enhance or detract from our lifestyle.
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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. 
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📚 Books and ☕️ coffee! 

Source: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

Summer reading: booksellers recommend… | Books - The Guardian

Staff at four award-winning independent bookshops tell us what they’ll be packing for their holidays by The Guardian.

Emma Corfield-Walters, in her shop, Book-ish in Crickhowell.
Photo: John Nguyen/PA
Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh
Independent bookshop of the year 2019. When art historian Mark Jones opened his bookshop in 2012 he planned to call it ‘The Golden Crocodile’. He commissioned his daughter Agnes, an artist-blacksmith, to create a mascot for it and she returned with a golden hare.

Julie Danskin, manager
When shoppers ask me for holiday reads, they often want something engrossing for a plane journey. I highly recommend the immersive Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt (Fitzcarraldo), about the life of photographer Vivian Maier, or merman romantic comedy The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Bloomsbury)...

Book.ish, Chrickhowell, Wales
Nine years ago Emma Corfield-Walters was running a building surveying company before an “early mid-life crisis” prompted her to sell up and start a bookshop. She doesn’t have time for a holiday this year: “There’s no rest for the bookseller,” she says, “but reading is a holiday in itself. Books are my escape.” She has just been picked as a “rising star” by the Bookseller. Book.ish is regional independent bookshop of the year 2019 and sits on what is currently the “UK’s best high street” – after Crickhowell won the top prize at last year’s Great British High Street awards.

Emma Corfield-Walters, owner
You couldn’t do better than take along a copy of Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls, an astutely observed, nostalgic look at first love and that long summer on the cusp of adulthood. Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved ticks all the boxes of brilliantly researched historical fiction bound up in family sagas set in her beloved Greece.
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Source: The Guardian

Celebrate the moon landing anniversary with books that go beyond the small step | Editor's Picks - Science News

50 years after Apollo 11, new books offer fresh perspectives, recommends Staff Writer at Science News.

READ ALL ABOUT IT - Books commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary offer varied takes on the space race and the mission to the moon.
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Astronomy lovers are not the only ones excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Publishers are also taking note, serving up a pile of books to mark the occasion.

Are you looking for a general overview of the birth of the U.S. space program? Would you rather geek out on the technical details of the Apollo missions? How about flipping through a collection of photographs from the era? Science News staff took a look at the offerings and picked out a few favorites to help you decide. There’s something for everyone in the list below.
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Source: Science News

26 Books You Should Read On Your Next Vacation | Books - BuzzFeed News

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best book they read while on vacation by Ciera Velarde, BuzzFeed Staff. 


If you have a trip coming up, we recommend taking along one of these great picks.
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Source: BuzzFeed News

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

A couple of years ago, the song of the summer for me was Jason Isbell’s sweet-sad “If We Were Vampires,” with its perfect blend of romance and mortality: “It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever / Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone.” (That line becomes next-level excellent when you realize that the haunting backup vocals are provided by Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires.) This summer, I’m getting a similarly poignant shiver from the novella “Walt Kaplan Is Broke,” which closes Peter Orner’s terrific new story collection “Maggie Brown & Others” and features a coronary patient taking stock of his long, mostly happy marriage: “I’m afraid of dying because I love my wife.” There’s a lot of affection in that story, and in all of Orner’s characteristically generous work, and you could do worse than settling in with his book this week.

More recommended fiction: Denise Mina’s latest propulsive mystery, “Conviction.” Neal Stephenson’s mind-bending saga “Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell” (it’s the rare sff novel that treats all three of those initials equally). Domenica Ruta’s end-of-world portrait, “Last Day.” And Jill Ciment’s lovely, sly “The Body in Question,” about sequestered jurors on a murder trial embarking on an affair. There’s just no escaping love and death.

Source: New York Times 

Carmen Marcus and the Book Corner launch free course for working-class writers | The Book Corner - The Bookseller

Author Carmen Marcus has teamed up with the North Yorkshire bookshop Book Corner to offer aspiring working-class writers a free course on developing a strategy to write professionally.


Marcus is running the course with Jenna Warren, (YouTube - Video) owner and manager of the bookshop in Saltburn, with funding support from the Booksellers Association.

Based on personal experience and needs identified from other underrepresented writers Marcus created ‘The Writer’s Plan’, a five-step route-map to build confidence, provide practical insights on how to balance writing and life as well as accessing development opportunities and learning how to break into the industry.

The course will comprise five, two-hour sessions and take place bi-weekly between the 22nd September and 17th November on a Sunday afternoon at the Book Corner. The sessions will be free for all successful applicants and a travel bursary of up to £20 per applicant per session will be awarded to support travel costs...

Writer Helen Anderson, who has been following Marcus’ plan, said:  “By working through Carmen’s Writers’ Plan with a trusted buddy, I have re-defined my writing goals, and identified what I need in order to achieve them. It is wonderful to have confidence that my goals are within reach. I finally feel that I am – and deserve to be - a writer.”
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Source: The Bookseller

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Building confidence with adult learning | Enniscorthy Guardian

Adult learners gathered at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre last week to celebrate the completion of their courses and the presentation of those all-important awards by Simon Burke, Independent.ie.

Back row: Ken Banville, Angela Brennan, Angela Connolly and Lar Murray. Front: Mary Burke, Myra Weafer and Mary Walsh (BTEI co-ordinator) at WWETB Part Time Learning Health Care Support Awards 2019 at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre, Gonzaga House, Weafer Street

Part of WWETB's Back to Education Initiative which is a part time flexible programme, the students received QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) awards in Healthcare, Childcare, Horticulture, Customer Service, IT Skills, Retail Skills and Health Related Fitness. 
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Source: Enniscorthy Guardian 

Want to learn to code? Here’s your Delaware resource list | Dev - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Whether you're in a position to financially invest in your future or don't have a penny to spare, here are 10 local ways you can learn coding without going back to college, according to Holly Quinn, lead reporter for Technical.ly Delaware. 

Go learn something.
 Photo: Flickr user Hamza Butt, used under a Creative Commons license
With Amazon starting to retrain a third of its workforce to keep them relevant as technology evolves, your programming skills may start feeling stale. Or maybe don’t yet have programming skills and are looking for a total career makeover.

Even if you’re just interested in learning a new language you can use as a hobby with your kids, there are quite a few options in Delaware, from totally free programs and meetups to affordable bootcamps.

We’ve created a list of local coding resources for adults that do not require you to enroll in college — for the record, Del Tech, Delaware State University, Wilmington University and University of Delaware do all offer coding certifications — ranging from Saturday morning meetups to highly challenging bootcamps that can launch you into a whole new career.

All but two options are in Delaware itself, and most are in-person classes — but if you’re looking for something that’s online (and free) that you can do at your own pace, we’ve got a recommendation for that at the end.
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Source: Technical.ly Brooklyn

4 Ways to Use the Nudge Theory to Improve Learning Outcomes | Learning & Development - HR Technologist

Today, HR practitioners are looking at several new behavioral science-led ideas to transform organizational learning activities as well as workplace culture. In this article, learn more about:
  • Why nudge theory in L&D is a great idea
  • 4 elements to make nudge theory propel positive change
  • Things to remember before you embark on your “nudge-theory”-led L&D initiative

Over the last decade and more, HR has taken on a far more nuanced and meaningful role in building employee engagement, improving morale and consequent productivity, and encouraging positive behavior, as HR Technologist reports.  

Photo: HR Technologist

In addition, science, technology, and cutting-edge behavioral concepts are making their way into an HR specialist’s toolbox, ensuring that they can bring about genuine transformation.

A big part of this process is the intersection between learning and development (L&D) and HR. L&D teams and HR practitioners are now working closely together to offer training sessions and interactive modules that foster a culture of learning across the organization.  

Let’s zero in on one such scientific theory that has captured the attention of experts and commentators alike ­– nudge theory...
 
Before we detail how nudge theory can work seamlessly with the latest HR and L&D technologies, it’s important to remember that nudge theory has been applied in the workplace for a while now. It is typically used to build productivity and collaboration.  

This is why we believe workplace L&D’s effectiveness could significantly improve by embedding nudge theory-inspired practices into a learning module.  
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Source: HR Technologist    

Scenario based learning – combining theory and practice | Business - ITWeb

Clinton Meerholz, Head Of Education at Pink Elephant South Africa says, We work and in live in a very complex world and IT is forever changing in order to adapt to the demands of business. 


The requirements to solve simple problems, implement efficient and effective ways of work are multidimensional. Training today is linear in nature, creating a mismatch between the real world and the training world, and, unfortunately, many organisations feel they are not receiving the return on their investment they require.

For years, we have delivered classroom-based training with great success, ensuring the delegates pass and get certified in their chosen focus area. Delegates may be stimulated by the presentation, engaged by the graphics and even motivated by the energetic trainer; however, it all seems to fall short when they return to the office. Remembering what they were taught is slim and being able to apply the knowledge they have obtained in the workplace becomes a big challenge for the delegates. Training is designed to teach delegates to define, recall and recognise, as well as being able to understand or grasp what they have learned. The training does not allow delegates to apply, analyse and evaluate all the theory they have learned in their working environment.

David Kolb and Ronald Fry developed a way of looking at a learning process called the Experiential Learning Cycle...

Pink Elephant believes simulation-based training is more fun and it teaches people to learn from their mistakes, which is an incredibly valuable educational tool.
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Source: ITWeb

QA acquires Cloud Academy to combine digital and in-classroom training | Industry - Help Net Security

QA, the UK’s largest B2B skills provider, announced it has acquired San Francisco-based Cloud Academy, a leading enterprise technology training platform, continues Help Net Security

Screenshot from Cloud Academy video

Cloud Academy will add QA’s massive catalog of more than 500 certification courses and 1500 instructor-led courses to seamlessly blend classroom learning with its intuitive digital platform.

No other provider has the breadth of classroom and digital blended learning resources covering Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Cybersecurity, Project Management, DevOps, Agile Development, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and more.

Companies have sought to deliver effective blended learning – the integration of in-person and online learning – for some time...

“Blended learning needs the right curriculum design and technological platform as well as expert tutors and facilitators for in-person delivery. Until now, this hasn’t been possible. Bringing QA’s and Cloud Academy’s expertise together will mean a significant shift in the way corporate training is delivered. 
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Source: Help Net Security

Getting Ready for Digital Transformation: Change Your Culture, Workforce, and Technology | Editors' Picks - EDUCAUSE Review

The digital transformation of higher education is at hand. Leaders must prepare their institutions now to take strategic advantage of the coming shifts in culture, workforce, and technology.

Digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s operations, strategic directions, and value proposition by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE's Vice President for Communities and Research and Betsy Tippens Reinitz, Director of the Enterprise IT Program at EDUCAUSE
 

Dx is being driven by technology trends and changes that are enabling a new approach to everything from how digital architectures are being incorporated to how campus leaders interact with the IT organization, all targeting improved student outcomes, more effective teaching and learning methods, new research capabilities, and an evolution in business models. Dx requires agile and flexible leaders at all levels who can enable the college or university to rapidly and efficiently achieve its strategic aims...

Acknowledgments 
We would like to thank the many people whose thoughtful expertise and vision informed the various drafts of this article. Malcolm Brown (EDUCAUSE Director of Learning Initiatives) and Karen A. Wetzel (EDUCAUSE Director of Community and Working Groups) made every draft better, and John O'Brien (EDUCAUSE President and CEO) provided much-needed final improvements. Teddy Diggs (EDUCAUSE Review Editor-in-Chief) helped us find closure and publish an article that could be under continual revision, because the possibilities and practices of digital transformation are constantly evolving and, we hope, advancing.
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Source: EDUCAUSE Review

Preparing to Teach Online | Online Teaching - Magna Publication

For online teaching faculty who are about to teach online for the first time, a new course called Preparing to Teach Online will be offered for two sessions this summer. 

Photo: Magna Publication
Plan to enroll to create a successful online course that you can begin teaching this coming fall.
This course gives an overview of how to design your online course, how to establish a positive and engaging online classroom climate, how to keep students actively engaged with your content, tips on grading and feedback, and some thoughts on how you can effectively manage your time when teaching online.

After completing Preparing to Teach Online, educators will:
  • Understand how to incorporate basic instructional design to assist with online learning
  • Know how to design assignments specifically for online learners
  • Learn to create a lively online classroom with instructor presence
  • Understand how to quickly and effectively engage students
  • Master how to communicate with online learners
  • Design and facilitate online discussions
  • Learn to add interactivity to an online course
  • Be able to use technology to assist with feedback
  • More effectively manage teaching time
Approximately 10 hours to complete course.
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Source: Magna Publication

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pacific University Adds to Robust Offering of Programs for Undergraduate Students | Arts & Sciences - Pacific University

Photo: Joe Lang

Beginning this fall, Pacific University undergraduate students will have even more opportunities to pursue academic degrees tailored for a changing and increasingly complex world, says Joe Lang, Director of Media Relations at Pacific University.

Screenshot from Welcome to Pacific University video.
Students can now major in graphic design and data science, earn a teaching license while studying music education, and minor in four new areas of study while pursuing their bachelor's degree: social innovation and leadership, social equity and social change, psychological health and well-being, and cultural awareness and knowledge.

Graphic design is the latest offering of the university's Media Arts Department. Students will learn to tell compelling stories and engage with the world through design and illustration. A major or minor in graphic design helps students develop and refine their own artistic and professional sensibilities using industry-standard tools and principles.

Students earning a bachelor of science in data science through Pacific's Mathematics & Computer Science Department will learn the foundations of data curation, mathematical analysis, computational thinking, statistical thinking, data modeling, communication and visualization, and understanding ethical implications...

Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.
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Source: Pacific University

The many career options if you’re planning to study Statistics | Education - The Indian Express

Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector by Arnab Mitra, The Indian Express.

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Statistics is often confused with mathematics, but it is a field that has a variety of lucrative career options. The day-to-day use of statistics involves the calculation of wages, price, time series analysis, demand analysis etc.

The need for advanced statistical methods is increasing and as a consequence, the course is becoming a favourite among students. In the ongoing University of Delhi (DU) admissions, the cut-off for the BSc (H) statistics was among the highest at 97.75 per cent.

Careers in advanced statistics are in high demand in private and the public sector. From interpretation to prediction, statisticians are in high demand.

Here is a list of top courses and career options one can pursue.
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Source: The Indian Express