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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.
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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.
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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.  

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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