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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Are international students in South Korea addicted to the internet? | University - Study International News

It’s hard to escape the technological trappings of a smartphone screen or laptop while studying for your degree, notes Study International Staff.

Remember, students getting addicted to the internet doesn’t just happen in South Korea
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International students currently stationed in South Korea may already be exposed to the digital dilemmas of internet addiction and computer game habits that the country is currently facing.
With 95 percent of adults owning a smartphone and internet addiction rehab camps growing in popularity, it’s easy to see how overseas students can get carried away with the country’s digitised culture.

As one of the most wired countries on the planet, The Washington Post describes South Korea as a “Country where it’s entirely unremarkable for elementary school students to carry smartphones and where the cell network is so good that people livestream TV on the subway.”...

But despite appearing anti-social, gaming has its fair share of social elements. From online forums to conversations with neighbouring players, this digital form of distraction may soothe those feeling homesick or lacking friendship.

Of course, every student is different and not every learner gets wrapped up in digital distractions.

Source: Study International News

How to Attract and Retain Top Gen Z Talent | News and Trends - Entrepreneur

Ease into the future alongside your young recruits by Syed Balkhi, entrepreneur and the co-founder.

Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about Millennials, but what about Generation Z? 

Gen Zers were born between 1995 and 2010, which means they’re either fairly new to the workforce (the oldest of the group being 24) or will be entering it in the near future. According to a joint study by management-consultants McKinsey and consumer-trend researchers Box 1824, Generation Z are digital natives, identity nomads, realistic, radically inclusive and want more dialogue and less confrontation. To prepare your company for this newest wave of workers, you’ve got to adapt, and here's how to best attract and retain top Gen Z talent. 
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Source: Entrepreneur

3 Gen Z shopping trends: Digital natives want to ‘buy into better’ | E-commerce - Netimperative

There is a noticeable desire amongst the younger generation generation ‘to buy into better’ than their older counterparts, according to new research.

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Shopper marketing agency Zeal Creative has launched the findings of its most recent research.

Entitled ‘Gen Z: Buying into Better’, the findings offer key insight into the next generation’s shopper behaviour, as well as advice for brands on how to best engage with this audience.

The research involved in-depth interviews, online qualitative and online quantitative questions amongst a total of 915 Gen Z shoppers. It explored what, how and why this generation, now in their late teens and early twenties, buy...

This generation is also much more switched on and pragmatic around value exchange too, with 61% happy to submit personal data in return for rewards and offers and nearly half (42%) saying they would submit more data if it meant greater rewards.

Key take-aways for brands
· How can your products fit the needs of shoppers seeking self-improvement?
· Can you shift from being a product to being more life-style led?
· How can shopper marketing empower Gen Z with a sense of purpose?
· Can you better bring purposeful stories to life within shopper environments?
· Are you adequately rewarding Gen Z shoppers for sharing data?
· Are you employing promotional marketing to keep Gen Z shoppers interested and engaged?

Commenting on the research, Callum Saunders, Head of Planning at ZEAL Creative says: “Our research gives some fascinating insight for brands looking to reach Gen Z shoppers. 

These informed shoppers are actively seeking hacks to become the best version of themselves and buying into progressive, wellness focused products.

Source: Netimperative    

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What’s in a PhD? | Society - Asia Sentinel

Is a doctoral degree a necessity for success in Southeast Asia?, writes Murray Hunter, development specialist based in Southeast Asia. 

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In mid-2017, Mary Yap Kain Ching, Malaysia’s deputy minister for higher education, announced her ministry was establishing a database to verify educators and others’ doctorates. That, Yap said, was because fake doctorates had become rampant in the country. Although she didn’t say it, an ever-growing list of parliamentarians has called themselves PhDs.

Across Asia and not just in Malaysia, that is an indication of aura around the title, which has led to a massive marketplace in fake degrees, ghostwriting of dissertations, and scams presenting honorary degrees to politicians, academics, business people, management consultants, and professional trainers.   Aside from the fraudsters, however, evidence indicates that a PhD is becoming more important for policy analysis positions within government, major international organizations, and large NGOs. Having said that, there appears to be a mismatch between PhD holders and job opportunities, with many graduates finding it extremely difficult to find a job.

There is a growing conflict between holding a doctorate, concerned with developing a personal framework about scientific or disciplinary investigation, analysis and understanding, and hands-on experience. Undertaking a PhD for so many years of study is not the only way to learn these skills...

Is a PhD worth it? Yes, if undertaking a PhD is part of a journey to an academic and/or research career. This is especially the case for those already employed. If not, getting a job will require more than the PhD. It’s a matter of who you know or who you can get to know. 

Whether or not you do a PhD is about weighing out the costs versus the benefits. What are you going to achieve from a PhD? What is the opportunity cost of further study versus gaining more work experience? Can you work by yourself for long periods of time singly focused on one thing? Do you have the passion for it and will you be able to keep motivated? Do you have the financial resources?

Source: Asia Sentinel

Friedrich Schiller on Beauty and Aesthetics – Philosopher of the Month | Oxford University Press

This August, explore the life and work of Friedrich von Schiller by Panumas King, marketing executive for philosophy at Oxford University Press

Graff, Anton. Porträt des Friedrich von Schiller. Between circa 1786 and circa 1791, Kügelgenhaus Museum der Dresdner Romantik, Dresden. 
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German poet and playwright, Friedrich Schiller is considered a profound and influential philosopher. His philosophical-aesthetic writings played an important role in shaping the development of German idealism and Romanticism in one of the most prolific periods of German philosophy and literature. Those writings are primarily concerned with the redemptive value of the arts and beauty in human existence. He was immensely well-known for his literary accomplishments, and his influence on German literature, having written a number of successful historical dramas, such as The RobbersMaria Stuart, and the trilogy Wallenstein. His poem, “Ode to Joy” was set in the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and later enshrined in the European Hymn.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany.  
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Born in 1759, in Marbach in the state of Württemberg in southwest Germany, son of an army surgeon, Schiller attended the military academy of Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg and emerged as an army doctor in 1780. 

Source: Oxford University Press 

7 Education Trends That Are Driving Tech Implementations | Education Market - XaaS Journal

Today’s classrooms rely on digital access to information, mobile communication, secure networks and tools that help students achieve at their own pace by Mike Monocello, former owner of a software development company.

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Many trends in the education market are technology-driven. Classrooms from kindergarten to doctoral degree courses have evolved from the traditional pedagogy method of a teacher in front of a class to employing a variety of IT solutions that keep students engaged and learning. Managed services providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) should evaluate their education vertical prospects’ needs in areas including:

Source: XaaS Journal

Google Lens, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Learning | Gear - WIRED

Lauren Goode, senior writer at WIRED explains, Why take a boring selfie in front of the Mona Lisa when you can use AR to dive deep into it?

Photo: Cera Hensley
Did you know that the painter Rockwell Kent, whose splendorous Afternoon on the Sea, Monhegan hangs in San Francisco's de Young Museum, worked on murals and advertisements for General Electric and Rolls-Royce? I did not, until I visited Gallery 29 on a recent Tuesday afternoon, phone in hand.

Because the de Young's curators worked with Google to turn some of the informational placards that hang next to paintings into virtual launchpads, any placard that includes an icon for Google Lens—the name of the company's visual search software—is now a cue. Point the camera at the icon and a search result pops up, giving you more information about the work. (You can access Google Lens on the iPhone within the Google search app for iOS or within the native camera app on Android phones.)...

It's too early to say how well we learn things through augmented reality. AR lacks totality by definition—unlike VR, it enhances the real world but doesn't replace it—and it's hard to say what that means for memory retention, says Michael Tarr, a cognitive science researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. “There is a difference between the emotional and visceral responses that happen when something is experienced as a real event or thing and when something is experienced as a digital or pictorial implementation of a thing,” he says.

Source: WIRED

The 38 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - The Learning Blog

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, suggest Zoë Kelsey, Learning Supporter.

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning
At LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen. Each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. This past week we added 38 courses. What can you expect from the new additions to the library?

If you’re a security buff, this is your week. With a cyber attack occurring every 39 seconds, many of us want to upskill to protect our work (and even personal) systems. Check out the four new courses on security to help you prevent a cyber attack.

Upskilling in cybersecurity not in the cards for you this week? Check out the 34 other courses now available with a wide selection of creative courses, from learning video production to laser cutting.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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How to Mow Your Lawn Using Math | Science - Popular Mechanics

We came up with the calculations, says Dave Linkletter, Ph.D. candidate in Pure Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Dedicating years of schooling to pursue higher math degrees may help solve certain problems, but does it make any difference for something as simple as cutting your grass? To find out, I spent the week discussing the mathematics of lawn mowing with my colleagues at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Our thoughts generally split into two directions: If your lawn is simple enough, then you can do some fairly specific calculations to figure out the most efficient way to mow it. But if your lawn is weird enough, it might resemble a famous mathematical allegory.

So first you have to ask the question, “What is the topology of my lawn?” Topology is a branch of math that’s only officially existed for about a century. Some mathematicians call it “wiggly geometry” or “geometry without measuring.” Topology studies how regions and surfaces are similar or different, but not in terms of measurements like in geometry.

You can remember it like this: “What’s the volume of a sphere?” is a geometry question. “What’s the difference between a sphere and a donut?” is a topology question...

If you need to mow a sprawling lawn, it might translate into a fun little Graph Theory problem. But if you’ve been mowing it for years, you probably already have the hang on mowing it efficiently. You don’t need advanced math to solve this problem—maybe just to talk about it more abstractly.

Maths and tech specialists need Hippocratic oath, says academic | Mathematics - The Guardian

Exclusive: Hannah Fry says ethical pledge needed in tech fields that will shape future by Ian Sample, science editor of the Guardian.

Hannah Fry: ‘The future doesn’t just happen. We are building it all the time.’
Photo: Paul Wilkinson
Mathematicians, computer engineers and scientists in related fields should take a Hippocratic oath to protect the public from powerful new technologies under development in laboratories and tech firms, a leading researcher has said.

The ethical pledge would commit scientists to think deeply about the possible applications of their work and compel them to pursue only those that, at the least, do no harm to society.

Hannah Fry, an associate professor in the mathematics of cities at University College London, said an equivalent of the doctor’s oath was crucial given that mathematicians and computer engineers were building the tech that would shape society’s future.

“We need a Hippocratic oath in the same way it exists for medicine,” Fry said. “In medicine, you learn about ethics from day one. In mathematics, it’s a bolt-on at best. It has to be there from day one and at the forefront of your mind in every step you take.”...

The lectures, to be broadcast on BBC Four, will be only the fourth in nearly 200 years to focus on mathematics.

“One of the problems maths struggles with is that it’s invisible,” Fry said. We haven’t got explosions on our side. But despite being invisible, mathematics has a dramatic impact on our lives, and at this point in history that’s more pertinent than it’s ever been.”

Source: The Guardian