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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vanguard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2018

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

The Cambridge Handbook of Group Interaction Analysis 

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

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

Teaching Secondary Science
Theory and Practice

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

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

Introduction to Philosophy 

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

Philosophy Here and Now

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

The Second Age of Computer Science

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

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

Read more... 

Enjoy your reading!    

Source: Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press

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Browse a bookshop: Mr B’s Emporium of Reading, Bath | Books - The Guardian

"Top sellers and recommended reads from the Somerset spa city" notes Anita Sethi, writer and journalist.

One of Mr B’s bathtub book displays.
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We wanted to spend our lives doing something we loved,” says co-owner Nic Bottomley about why he and his wife, Juliette, quit their jobs as lawyers to open a bookshop. “We were on our honeymoon and got the idea after visiting one of the world’s greatest independent bookshops, the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.”

Mr B highlights include claw-foot bath book displays, toilets illustrated by former children’s laureate Chris Riddell, bibliotheraphy rooms, and the Bookshop Band, who play songs that they’ve written inspired by the books of guest authors.

Source: The Guardian

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9 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.

With diplomacy and world affairs dominating the front page lately (or the home page, as we are gradually learning to think of it), this week’s list of recommended titles has a decidedly international cast. East meets West to unhappy effect in Stephen R. Platt’s “Imperial Twilight,” about Britain’s humiliation of China during the Opium War, and again in Michael McFaul’s memoir “From Cold War to Hot Peace,” about the author’s career as an American ambassador in Putin’s Russia. Masih Alinejad’s memoir, “The Wind in My Hair,” details her political struggles in Iran and her support for Muslim women after she ended up in the United States. And Akil Kumarasamy’s debut story collection, “Half Gods,” traces the aftershocks of the Sri Lankan civil war through her characters’ lives. Closer to home, we have a look at the continuing water crisis in Flint, Mich., as well as poetry, fashion, and new fiction from Ottessa Moshfegh and A. M. Homes.
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Source: New York Times

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Summer 2018 beach reads: 11 great books on investing, work and technology | USA TODAY

Is your family’s dream vacation dragging on? Summer reading can pass the time and empower you. And wherever you are, Amazon delivers lickety-split.

Summer reading rocks.
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In December, I shared a list of my 13 all-time favorite investment books. Depending on tastes they’re all great summer reads, too. But for far broader palates, here are 11 more varied suggestions. 
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Khan Academy Kids Launches for Early Learners | T.H.E. Journal

"Nonprofit Khan Academy has launched Khan Academy Kids, an educational app designed for early learners (ages 2 to 5). The full app is available free for iOS and is in beta for Android" according to David Nagel, editor-in-chief of THE Journal.

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The app includes "thousands of original activities, books, videos and lessons" and "combines subjects like math and reading with creative activities like drawing and storytelling. Animated characters guide children through educational materials at just the right level for them."

According to Khan, the lessons are standards-aligned (Common Core for kindergärtners and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for preschoolers) and include social-emotional learning components.

Other features include:

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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Musicians of the future in our Berkshire home towns |

Carolyn Newberger, artist, child psychologist, and musician (flute and jazz washboard) summarizes, "This week in Los Angeles, several young musicians from Pittsfield are playing a concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, the famed conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic." 

Kids 4 Harmony participant Leila P., July 3, 2018.
Photo: Carolyn Newberger

On July 31, they will be playing the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with Emanuel Ax, and on August 7, they will be playing in Tanglewood on Parade at 4:45 in the afternoon.

In the Berkshires, where great music and great musicians are standard fare, we also have some amazing young local musicians who are enriching our community not just during the summer season, but year-round. These children are participants in Kids 4 Harmony, a groundbreaking program of Berkshire Children and Families that creates opportunities for children in underserved communities through intensive, ensemble-based musical instruction.

Started in 2011 and directed by Alicia Stevenson, over 100 children are served in both North Adams and Pittsfield. A core group of the children are now playing at a level of high musicianship, and have performed in Boston and Los Angeles as part of the larger El Sistema movement in the United States...

On July 31, the children will play with Emanuel Ax, himself a passionate champion of the role music can play in elevating the lives of children. The occasion will be the Kids 4 Harmony gala at Berkshire Community College. Early purchase of tickets is advised as last year’s event was sold out.


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Lack of diversity in top orchestras remains a major challenge for musicians of color |

Most classical music professionals in major symphony orchestras around the country are white, according to the League of American Orchestras.

Nathaniel Taylor, 25, is trying to pursue a professional cello performance career playing the instrument he loves by breaking into the austere world of classical music.
Photo: NBC

Nathaniel Taylor was 5-years-old when the deep, mellow sounds of a cello being played on Sesame Street commanded his attention. Elmo was the interviewer. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was the musician.

Years later, when he began learning the cello, classical music stole his heart.

Now Taylor, 25, is trying to pursue a professional career playing the instrument he loves, but he'll need to break into the austere world of classical music for that to happen. That's a path filled with a numerous challenges — arguably more so for Taylor, who's half African-American and half Filipino.

Most classical music professionals in major symphony orchestras around the country are white, according to the League of American Orchestras. That includes well-known conservatories like The Julliard School, The Curtis Institute, and the New England Conservatory, to name a few.

As a result, America’s orchestras don’t look as diverse cities they serve. African-Americans make up 1.8 percent of orchestras nationwide while Hispanics make up 2.5 percent, according to an industry-wide study.

Those statistics inspired several performing arts organizations to form the National Alliance for Audition Support, which prepares talented musicians of color for auditions. 


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