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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Free eBook - Transforming Leaders to Excel in the Digital Age... and Beyond | eBook - Infopro Learning

Check out Infopro Learning's eBook - Future Leadership Development.

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  • The top trends influencing leadership in the digital age
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Earn your EdD online from Drexel University | Drexel University Online

Drexel University’s online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management equips ambitious administrators and instructional experts with advanced management competencies for a broad range of learning environments. 

EdD in Educational Leadership and Management at Drexel University 

This elite program is designed for academic professionals who seek to make an impactful difference in the future of preK–12 education, universities, colleges and lifelong learning institutions.

Choose the EdD concentration that’s right for you:
  • Athletic Administration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Policy
  • Global & International Education
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Development
  • Learning Technologies
  • Special Educatio

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The 30 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning

Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning inform, Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

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And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 30 new courses covering everything from writing to CAD to IT networking to overcoming procrastination.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Skilling is emerging as a key challenge area for HR. Here’s what to do about it | Get-Set-Learn - People Matters

A snap poll by Skillsoft and People Matters showed that bringing agility into learning strategies is crucial. Here’s what the experts have to say. 

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Increasing digitization has changed how companies conduct business, how they reach customers, and how they interact with their employees. Change is the only constant. 

“We do things differently today when compared to a few years back and in the coming months, there will be more changes and newer ways to conduct business. In such a fast-changing environment it’s only apt that we prepare our workforce to handle these changes” says Jagadeep Pattiath, AVP – Learning and Development, TATA AIA

To understand how the changing business context, People Matters in partnership with Skillsoft conducted a snap poll to understand the key challenges that companies face in the context of digital transformation.

The snap poll indicated that in the next 12 months, companies were most likely to invest in ‘People skills and talent development’ (43 percent). This was followed by ‘Transforming legacy systems and processes’ (22 percent) and ‘Adopting agile processes and metrics’

Consequently, the top inhibitors for adopting a digital mindset include the ‘Lack of critical thinking, problem solving skills’ (32 percent) and ‘Data and technology illiteracy and lack of skills’ (22 percent). Among the multiple priorities that companies have to navigate, skilling is emerging as one of the top focus areas.
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Why digital learning needs to incorporate books | Talent -

Agata Nowakowska, AVP at Skillsoft writes, You may be one to fear that the death of the book is looming on the tech-obsessed horizon. But new research shows that people of all ages continue to see the value reading brings to building knowledge and developing new skills.

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As one of history’s greatest literary figures, Ernest Hemingway, once explained, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

In a world where many of us are now glued to screens from sunrise to sunset, the importance of these words can easily be overlooked. Our multimodal world has many advantages – speed, ease, connectedness, access to information and much more.

One of the downsides, however, is that the humble book has taken a backseat. Books are often seen as a pastime – a hobby – something we try to make time for, but often find ourselves unable to do with the distractions of modern technology.

It may be surprising, then, to learn that research suggests traditional books are viewed as one of the most vital resources for learning. A recent study of more than 2,000 Skillsoft users reveals that, despite a perceived preference for video in today’s digitally driven society, 80 percent of the survey’s respondents across all age ranges identified books as an important part of their learning experiences...

The role of reading in digital learning
Traditional books are a foundational part of learning for all generations. Today’s modern learner craves relevance and substance, and this is why books play a significant role in a digital learning programme.

Digital learning is not just about providing great video-based content. Integrating digital books with video-based eLearning and opportunities to practice practical skills creates a balance between depth and relevance. A balance that many organisations may have traditionally struggled to find with their corporate learning function.

Books – whether printed on paper or presented as eBooks on a digital learning platform – offer learners a new context and better understanding. They may be traditional, but they continue to meet the demands of modern learners.

Drilling down further, here are three reasons why books still have an important place in modern learning.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Best Science Books of 2018: Your Winter Reading and Gift Giving Guide | Science - Inverse

Sarah Sloat, writer based in Brooklyn summarizes, When the weather outside is frightful, space, megafauna, and microbes are delightful.

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Even though it’s going to be a warmer-than-average winter, you can still partake in the bad-weather ritual of holing up at home with a good book. This year, prepare for the season’s start by squirreling away books that seek to answer the mysteries of the cosmos, the puzzles of the past, and indelicate questions about the perplexing present. In other words, head to the science section.

Here below are seven of Inverse’s picks for science books to nestle in with this winter:

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Best Business Books 2018 | Business Literature - strategy+business

In the 18th edition of strategy+business's Best Business Books section, our writers identify the three most compelling reads in seven genres. 
See also Top Shelf Picks: Best Business Books 2018. 

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Rules of Engagement

“Low key feel like books r making a comeback,” the Grammy-nominated R&B star SZA tweeted earlier this fall. She’s right. The more digital media pervades our lives, the more currency people seem to place on one of the oldest forms of media.

According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018–2022, books are the only form of physical media whose sales are growing — and are expected to continue to grow. The big-box bookstores that dominated the retail chain in the 1990s may be contracting, but the ranks of independent bookshops are growing. All of which serves to ratify the attention we lavish on books at strategy+business.

Books require those who produce them to think deeply about their subject matter, to construct arguments and analytic frameworks carefully, and to muster mountains of data and evidence to support a contention. In short, books force their producers and readers to build and exercise their intellectual muscles.

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Teach Your Kids Empathy With These Old-School Chapter Books | Reading - Lifehacker

I began to plow through chapter books almost as soon as I could read, and I distinctly remember a handful of “a-ha” moments while submerged in these novels, notes Jaclyn Youhana Garver, Providing concise, audience-focused writing, editing, & marketing.

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These moments occurred as I read about experiences I’d never had and people I never knew (I grew up in a pretty homogenous bubble—lots of white, Christian people).

A variety of studies and articles over the years have debated whether reading fiction can increase a person’s empathy. In one of the most widely cited, published in 2013 in the journal Science, researchers focused on whether the type of fiction mattered. Its findings? Reading literary fiction can, in the short term, improve readers’ ability to pick up on and understand others’ emotions. (Nonfiction, romance, horror and sci-fi, not so much.)

In particular, I remember how these old-school books (published in the 1980s or earlier and straight off my own bookshelves) presented compelling stories that can help expand a child’s empathy:

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12 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.

Now that Election Day is behind us — like an exorcism, maybe: “Get behind us, midterms!” — the natural question is what it all will mean. Books can help with that. (Books can help with everything.) Our recommended titles this week offer context for some of the country’s most pressing political issues across a range of perspectives and genres. In “Melting Pot or Civil War?,” Reihan Salam tries to find middle ground on immigration. In “She Wants It,” the TV writer Jill Soloway provides a personal take on the politics of gender and transgender identity. In “American Dialogue,” the historian Joseph Ellis asks what the founders would make of our current divisions. Jane Sharon De Hart’s “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” traces the Supreme Court justice’s route to becoming a feminist icon. Kiese Laymon’s excellent memoir, “Heavy,” and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s excellent story collection, “Friday Black,” both unfold against a backdrop of national dysfunction and racist violence. And Max Boot explains why he has turned away from his longtime home in the Republican Party.

Or maybe you prefer to forget about politics for a while. Books can help with that too: We bring you Lee Child’s latest thriller, Kathryn Harrison’s latest memoir, a biography of Nietzsche and two books (a memoir and a story collection) from the unjustly neglected 20th-century writer Lucia Berlin, who is finally and happily starting to get her due.

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Proofs and Guarantees | Math - Scientific American

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We can prove things in math, but does that mean they’re true? argues

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Let us assume what most mathematical readers would take for granted anyway: There are mathematical objects such as numbers and functions and there are objective facts about these objects, such as 3 < 5 and the set of primes is infinite. Truth on this view is banal. ‘‘3 < 5’’ is true because the objects 3 and 5 are in the less than relation to one another, just as ‘‘Bob is shorter than Alice’’ is true, because Bob and Alice stand in the shorter than relation.

Why bother assuming this? There are plausible alternatives. We say: ‘‘Bishops move diagonally’’ is true and we say: ‘‘Sherlock Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street’’ is true. What makes them true, however, is a conventionally adopted rule in one case and a literary fiction in the other. Truth in mathematics, on the account I’m taking for granted, is no different than truth as normally understood in, say, physics. A proposition is true when it correctly tells us how things objectively are. I hope most readers are still with me, in spite of the mundane mathematical metaphysics so far. The interesting point comes next.

Why do we believe that 3 < 5 and that there are infinitely many primes? Most would say that’s an easy question with an obvious answer: proof. Here is a tougher question: Is proof the only sort of legitimate evidence in mathematics? Many will say—indeed, they will shout—yes, proof and proof alone is the source of mathematical evidence. Proofs are both necessary and sufficient. We know a theorem is true, they might add, when we have a proof, or we don’t know it’s true when we lack a proof—it’s all or nothing...

Timothy Gowers has written interestingly and extensively on the philosophy of mathematics in various places. His views on evidence have been summed up in a slogan suitable for a bumper sticker: Proof = explanation + guarantee.

Gowers himself and those who have discussed his work have focussed on ‘‘explanation,’’ which is a hugely interesting and important notion in mathematics and philosophy. A proof provides evidence that a theorem is true, but some proofs also produce insight into what is going on. Gowers is trying to understand this phenomenon when he discusses explanation. I, however, will take a different tack: I will focus on ‘‘guarantee,’’ which Gowers and others take to be the evidence that shows the theorem is certainly true. A proper proof that there are infinitely many primes is a guarantee that this is true. As proof is normally envisaged, we couldn’t ask for better than this sort of guarantee. This is the gold standard. The natural sciences don’t have a hope of matching it.
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