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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Looking Back on This Year's Classroom Experiments | Digital Learning - Inside Higher Ed

Mark Lieberman, Digital Learning Reporter at Inside Higher Ed reports, Last fall, professors told us about their plans to experiment this year with technology-enabled teaching. Now they reflect on the successes and shortcomings.

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The end of the school year is a time to reflect on accomplishments and -- ideally -- to abandon regrets, or at least learn from them.
Last September, professors from institutions around the country shared with “Inside Digital Learning” their plans for new classroom initiatives and made some predictions about what they might accomplish. We came back to them recently to ask how they went. A few said they're too busy with an end-of-year crush of grading to reply. Here's what the rest of them reported back.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed

Entrepreneurial journey: How to be yourself online | Podcasts - London Business School Review

 Photo: Jeff Skinner  
What makes an entrepreneur? Find out in our new podcast series by Jeff Skinner, Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

From Facebook and LinkedIn to Instagram and Twitter, most of us have had some form of online presence for significant parts of our lives (for digital natives, make that all of our lives), which means there’s a trail of stuff about us “out there” that we have completely lost sight of. Worse still, we’ve lost sight of who has access to it – and what they do with it. Reflecting on this phenomenon gave LBS MBA and entrepreneur James Chance the idea for a new business: a service which enables individuals to manage their “personal brand” and protect their online privacy. 

By exploiting new European data protection legislation, yourself.online helps individuals control web-based information about them, making it easy to edit what other people can – and can’t – see about them.
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Source: London Business School Review

Digital Natives Drive the Course of the next Netflix of Gaming | Gaming - Tunf.com News

Who doesn’t recognize the hegemony of Netflix in the entertainment world, batting giants like Microsoft Google, Amazon and Apple for the top spot? And who wouldn’t want to be the “Netflix of gaming”?, continues Tunf.com News.

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It is an apt analogy. Major contenders are vying for the title. The players are the winners in the battle as they are seeing new cloud gaming platforms and better digital-only consoles like the Xbox S1 that just launched at an affordable price in the U and US.

Digital Natives 
Call the Shots The target market is clear. The “digital natives” portion of the population are demanding a faster experience than the old, sluggish consoles. They want their content delivered as fast as lightening. They are already enjoying upgrades to favorites like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves.
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Source: Tunf.com News

Assam: e-learning lab inaugurated in Dibrugarh University | Assam - Northeast Now

e-learning lab of the Directorate of Open and Distance Learning was inaugurated at Dibrugarh University in collaboration with Oil India's Corporate Social Responsibility, inform Avik Chakraborty, Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh.

Photo: Northeast Now
An e-learning lab of the Directorate of Open and Distance Learning was inaugurated at Dibrugarh University in collaboration with Oil India‘s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on Monday.

The e-learning Lab was inaugurated by vice chancellor of DU, Prof Ranjit Tamuli in presence of resident chief executive (RCE) of OIL, Pranjit Deka, registrar of DU, Dr Hari Chandra Mahanta, D K Bhuyan, general manager (Pubic Affairs), OIL and the teaching and students’ fraternity of the university in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh.

The objective of the project under OIL’s CSR is to develop learner’s interest in latest educational technology and equip them with proper skills through online learning mode.

Utilizing basic education and learning skills, the youths can find better jobs or start their own small businesses...

Two demo video lectures were released on the occasion for showcasing the output of the e-Learning lab. The first demo video lecture was of Prof Nasim Wazid Ali, retired professor of DHSK College, Dibrugarh on Income Tax and the second demo lecture was of Dr Rizwan Rehman, assistant professor, Center for Computer Science and Applications, Dibrugarh University on Java Programming.
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Source: Northeast Now

DirectEmployers Association Launches DE Academy, A Self-Directed eLearning Platform for HR Professionals | Business Wire

Today, DirectEmployers Association announced its newest professional development and eLearning platform, DE Academy by Business Wire.

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Recently revealed to Association members at its 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM19) in Naples, Florida, DE Academy seeks to elevate professional development for human resources professionals with courses tailored to provide content and top-notch instruction with the flexibility desired by today’s busy practitioners. Courses are available for both Members of the Association and non-members, allowing for expanded eLearning opportunities for all. 

“DE Academy meets the learner where they are, on their time. We want to promote professional development that improves the learning experience and outcome for all, resulting in real ROI through instruction and application,” commented Jen Bernhardt, VP of Member Engagement.

Many HR professionals desire to continue learning, but are often met with busy schedules, leaving many to put professional development on the back burner. DE Academy seeks to offer a different kind of learning which combines the best of traditional education with the flexibility of today’s modern learning expectations. By combining knowledge from recognized experts with industry-best instructional design methods, each course will provide a learning experience that maximizes the learner’s time and potential. Self-directed instruction also allows the learner to complete courses at their leisure. Currently lessons range from Affirmative Action Planning 101 to Disability Etiquette and are led by the following experts:..

“We are delighted to partner with DirectEmployers Association to deliver transformative professional development experiences for their learners,” stated Paul Dooley, CEO, WBT Systems. “TopClass LMS is a powerful, flexible education platform, unifying learning across DE Academy and DE Connect online community to allow DirectEmployers to deliver impactful, integrated learning at the point of need, whenever and wherever learners chose to connect.”

For more information on DE Academy or to get started on a new learning path, visit https://directemployers.org/academy

About DirectEmployers Association


DirectEmployers is a nonprofit member-owned and managed association focused on providing its 900+ members with simple solutions for OFCCP compliance and online recruitment challenges. The Association’s proprietary technology powers a federal contractor compliance solution that assists with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) VEVRAA mandatory listing requirements and Section 503 outreach requirements, while also offering recruitment marketing and creative services that help win the best candidates with a combination of vivid recruitment videos, real-life photos and bold branding through its wholly owned subsidiary, Recruit Rooster.

About WBT Systems and TopClass LMS:
 

WBT Systems develops the industry-leading TopClass Learning Management System (LMS), named Best Continuing Education & Association Learning System 2019 and #1 Association Learning Management System in 2015, 2016, and 2017. TopClass LMS delivers transformative professional development experiences for association education and certification programs. With a single point of support from our in-house integration experts, TopClass LMS easily integrates with a wide variety of systems to provide efficient administration and a unified learning experience. Our focus is to support associations in using learning technology to help drive growth in membership, increase revenues, and enhance the learning experience. We believe in truly understanding your challenges and partnering with you to ensure the success of your education programs. Learn more at www.wbtsystems.com
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Source: Business Wire

Helping the homeless: Couple creates mobile shower unit, will begin operating in June | MPR News

After learning about a lack of places for homeless people to shower, a Sauk Rapids couple will begin running a mobile shower unit in June.

Jason Jaques and Nancy Dyson stand next to their mobile shower van.
Photo: Dave Schwarz | St. Cloud Times
Nancy Dyson and Jason Jaques first brainstormed locations where homeless people could access showers after someone asked if they knew of places to go.

"We just looked at each other like, 'I don't (know),'" Dyson said. "It was heartbreaking."...

Jaques and Dyson began working on the idea of a self-contained unit, built in a small passenger van, a couple years ago. 

Known as Shower the People, it will be operated under the couple's nonprofit, Neighbors to Friends. The van will be ready for its first showers June 4 at Kipp's Laundry starting about 10 a.m., according to Jaques.

Jaques and Dyson plan to take the truck to people who need it, providing access to a shower as well as meals and time to hang out. 
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Source: MPR News

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Development of educational mobile apps in 2019 | Mobile Apps - Gadget Advisor

Development of educational mobile apps in 2019 by Robert Rundle (robert@gadgetadvisor.com) online content writer. 

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Introduction 

When the number of mobile users outgrew the number of people who choose desktop devices first back in 2016, it was a clear sign that our world is becoming fast-paced and on the go. Since that epic moment, the pool of mobile users grew exponentially, which triggered app developers to start focusing their efforts on mobile platforms. As one could anticipate, gaming applications reign supreme when it comes to a number of users, downloads, and launched applications, followed by business apps, while education app niche takes a strong third position...

Conclusion 
These were some of the most notable mobile education app development trends to look for this year. As the technology progresses, so do the trends change, however, the timeline of these trends seems to push the importance of each of these trends higher with every passing year. We really hope some of this information will be of use for your future projects and serve as an inspiration for your personal and professional development.
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Source: Gadget Advisor

3 experts share their blended learning advice | Online Learning - eCampus News

Thomas Goldrick, blog manager, higher ed consultant, and marketing specialist for Optimal Partners Consulting summarizes, Finding the right combination of online and in-person components can be daunting.


With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs. But finding a combination of online and in-person components that match the expectations of both students and faculty can be daunting. Thankfully, higher ed’s collaborative culture makes networking and sharing expertise with other IT professionals easier.

A panel of industry experts spoke at the higher ed IT Professional’s Meetup at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss how to find the right mix of blended learning offerings. The panel included Eric Palson, director of academic technologies at Babson College; Kristen Palson, director for Simmons Online at Simmons College in Boston; and Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Elmore Alexander, the former dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., moderated the discussion.

While blended learning environments may not be as ubiquitous as other programs in higher ed, they are growing in popularity and have proven successful at some institutions. “This is an important topic for schools of all sizes,” said Babson’s Palson...

The experts offered several lessons on how to build, implement, and support a blended learning program that exceeds expectations. Here are some of their major takeaways.
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Source: eCampus News

Science is helping kids become math masters | Mathematics - Science News for Students

Experts develop strategies to help more students succeed in this oft-dreaded subject, says Rachel Crowell, Guest Writer.

Two girls work together solving a math problem in class. Such collaboration in class may represent a new approach to learning math better.
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Math is one four-letter word that leaves many teens anxious and sweaty. The idea of an impending math test might send shivers down their spines. Some kids avoid their homework — or at least delay starting it — because they find math so daunting. Their minds might even go blank at the sight of test questions, no matter how well they have studied. If this is you, there’s some comfort knowing that you’re not alone.

It’s hard to pinpoint how many people suffer stress or anxiety just thinking about math. But it’s common. In fact, math anxiety can strike even mathematicians. So having this condition does not mean you’re bad at math or doomed to fail. And there are tips that can help you overcome this anxiety.

There’s always hope, says Patrick Honner. “We’re in control of math. Math isn’t in control of us,” says this teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City. Honner also writes a math column for Quanta Magazine, where he shares basic math concepts from recent research.

Even people who are not math-anxious can gain more confidence and skill to better succeed with numbers. How to help students excel in math is even becoming a hot research topic. And some emerging innovations might show up soon in a classroom near you...

Group effort 
Walkington’s team has already published research in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. That study included 51 high school students who hadn’t taken geometry before. It focused on what happened when students worked in groups of twos or threes on the math problems in the game.

The scientists looked at whether the teens could correctly determine at first glance whether the statements were true or false. They called this “intuition” (In-too-IH-shun). They also measured whether each group’s work showed that they understood the math ideas behind the problems they were solving. The scientists called this “insight.” And they looked at whether the groups created valid proofs for the statements each had been given.
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Additional resources
 
The symbol for transgender individuals, center, is flanked by ones for females (pink at left) and males (blue at right). Some transgender researchers say that in recent years they have been feeling more included in the research community.
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Trans and non-binary people are becoming more visible in science and engineering by Roberta Kwok, Guest Writer.

Photo: BIG MOUTH for Quanta Magazine.

Where Proof, Evidence and Imagination Intersect by Patrick Honner, teaches mathematics and computer science at Brooklyn Technical High School, where he also serves as instructional coach.

Source: Science News for Students

New UK-Myanmar distance learning unit opened at Yangon University | Development - Mizzima News

The 3rd Residential School by TIDE (Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education) held an opening ceremony at the Scientific Research Building of Yangon University on 20 May, according to the New Global Light of Myanmar by Mizzima.
 
Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi delivers the opening speech at the ceremony for the opening of the 3rd Residential School by TIDE at Yangon University in Yangon. 
PHOTO: MNA
He said the TIDE initiative will develop the field of environmental science, an important field of study in Myanmar, and improve the curriculum to international standards.
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Source: Mizzima News