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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Professional Life Defined in EDUCAUSE Years | EDUCAUSE Review

The author describes the thirteen years of her IT professional life S.E. (Since EDUCAUSE).

Cindy Mitchell, Chief Information Officer at Colby College says, "Twenty years of EDUCAUSE—and I missed the first seven! My professional life divides into B.E. (Before EDUCAUSE) and S.E. (Since EDUCAUSE)." 

Despite an IT career of thirty-plus years, I was not privileged to have EDUCAUSE experiences for all of its twenty years. In my administrative systems IT department B.E., there were neither the resources nor the intention for professional development for early-to-mid-career staff—other than specific training to develop technical skills. Adding to the challenge was geographical isolation. B.E., the use of research at my institution occurred primarily among the academic technology staff and the growing and fast-moving network technology fields. Transitioning into managing a team was learned, at best, through modeling good managers (if we were lucky enough to have had them) and, at worst, through inflicting a big experiment on the team with a new leader. 

In 2004, a promotion took me from managing a small team of three to leading a team of forty. The next year, when EDUCAUSE was seven years old and a gem I did not yet know about, my world changed. IT at my institution was reorganized, a CIO position was established, and that position was filled by a great man, Ralph Caruso. Ralph taught me more about leadership and management in one year than I had learned in the prior seventeen, but more important, he gave me the gift of EDUCAUSE as he encouraged me to engage with and take advantage of all EDUCAUSE had to offer.

The CIO Minute: Advice to My Younger Self 

From my very first EDUCAUSE conference, Ralph inspired me to take pre-conference seminars focused on leadership, and in those seminars I began developing relationships that changed me, challenged me, enriched me, and expanded my world. I attended compelling sessions, and the connections I developed as a result of asking presenters numerous questions added to my growing network. I read articles, which took me down trails of further reading. I was mentored and coached. I learned that leading a team well isn't due to luck or personality. It's intentional and thoughtful, and EDUCAUSE has great research, materials, and training to guide our success and impact. Sometimes I wonder how I stumbled through my B.E. life and went from managing three people to leading forty without the network and tools I found and everything I learned S.E. I am sure those forty people wish I had connected with EDUCAUSE before I took over that team. I'm sorry, folks. If only I had known then what I know now!
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Source: EDUCAUSE Review and educause Channel (YouTube)

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Giving and Receiving Instructional Advice | Faculty Development - Faculty Focus

Reprinted from Is it good advice? The Teaching Professor, 27.4 (2013): 4. © Magna Publications.

"How much instructional advice have you heard over the years? How often when you talk about an instructional issue are you given advice, whether you ask for it or not?" explains
Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Author at Faculty Focus. 
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Let’s say you’re a new teacher or you’re teaching a class you haven’t taught before or something unexpected happens in your class; if you’d like some advice, all you need to do is ask. Anybody who’s spent any time in the classroom seemingly has the right to offer advice. And if you’d rather read advice, there’s still plenty offered in the pedagogical literature, to say nothing of blogs and other social media sources.

Some of the advice offered by colleagues and in articles is excellent. Most of us can recite the good and wise things we’ve learned from fellow teachers. But not all instructional advice is equally good, and it’s not always easy to separate the good advice from advice that is decidedly ho-hum or just plain not very good. The problem is that really bad advice can be delivered articulately and with great conviction. So when a colleague offers advice or you read an article that tells you what you should do about some instructional issue, here are some criteria you can use to consider the merits of what’s being offered...

I think all of us ought to be a bit more careful about offering advice, particularly the definitive here’s-exactly-how-you-do-that kind of instructional advice. If something works well for us, that doesn’t guarantee it’s going to work equally well when another teacher who teaches a different subject and larger classes tries to use it. Making suggestions, proposing alternatives, exploring options, and asking questions is a better way of helping someone who looks like he or she might want or need advice.
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Source: Faculty Focus

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Best online courses for machine learning | Technology -

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"Here are the best online courses to learn about the most exciting frontier of computer science" according to Laurie Clarke, staff writer for IDG titles including Techworld, Computerworld UK and CIO UK.


Machine learning is undoubtedly one of the most important frontiers of computer science. With tech behemoths and an increasing number of startups looking to get into this subset of AI, it's a powerful skill for any developer to have.

As a highly technical area, this is most suited to established computer scientists or developers, however many of the courses we list here are also open to complete novices. 

Before attempting to tackle this area, perhaps pick up a copy of 'An Introduction to Statistical Learning' by Robert Tibshirani and Trevor Hastie or 'Machine Learning with R' by Brett Lantz to get a grounding in the subject matter.

For those serious about becoming machine learning experts, there are a variety of expensive, in-person courses to choose from. However, here we list some cheaper online courses appropriate for those who can work autonomously. 
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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

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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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