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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Professor named to the American Mathematical Society | Education - Denton Record Chronicle

Stephen Jackson, a University of North Texas regents professor, was named to the American Mathematical Society, inform Jenna Duncan, Higher Education and Business Reporter; Business Editor at Denton Record-Chronicle 

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Mathematicians must apply to be named to the society, which recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. 

Jackson was inducted after a presentation at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, where he shared a new theory he has developed over the past decade. 

He is the first UNT professor to be named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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CoSector – University of London drives accessibility at the University of Roehampton | FE News

Blended and online learning are priorities for supporting the Roehampton’s diverse student population, as it often hosts assistive technology integrations such as JAWS, Zoomtext and Texthelp Read and Write, as FE News reports.  

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Moodle was identified by the Digital Learning department as the most suitable platform for its needs, due to its clear and modern interface, but what was more important to the University was selecting a partner to implement and host the platform flexibly, supporting new integrations, and it was vital for the new vendor to prove it could improve on the static service currently provided.

CoSector – University of London was selected due to its reputation within the HE community for its versatility and its proven experience in providing all the services required.

CoSector – University of London provides a seamless on-boarding and flexible service for the online learning platform Moodle, in order to create an innovative learning experience to support the university’s diverse user base...

Clear results for students
The strategy and direction of the University is underpinned by the National Student Survey (NSS) and its results. This survey is the main indicator of the areas where the university needs to improve the quality of teaching, and the Digital Learning department follow the results closely to see how the services it has outsourced perform.

The results also correlate with the University’s own internal module evaluation surveys (MES) which they ask students to participate in twice a year. Whilst the NSS results do not measure the success of VLE within universities, the MES does, and the results of the MES often reflect those of NSS.
The results in the MES has improved in the last four years for the VLE. With the question ‘was your module in the VLE satisfactory’, the score has improved systematically in recent years...

The University of Roehampton has just reviewed and renewed its contract with CoSector – University of London, a process they worked closely on with their account manager, who was on hand to discuss any alterations they wished to make.

Xavier concludes: “we are pleased with the Moodle platform and the ongoing CoSector hosting service. We’ve felt constantly reassured by them. When you change host, you are taking a big risk. 

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How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide | EdSurge Podcast - EdSurge

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years, notes Betsy Corcoran, co-founder and CEO of EdSurge.

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A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it?

A new book offers something like a step-by-step manual. It’s called Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change, written by two long-time school innovators, Cathy Sanford and Shawn Rubin.

Rubin spent 10 years in the classroom, and he has been the Chief Education officer at the HIghlander Institute since 2011, and has led personalized learning efforts in Rhode Island schools. He designed the Highlander Institute’s “Fuse” program, which trains educators to lead personalized learning in schools and districts.

EdSurge sat down with Rubin during the EdSurge Fusion conference in October, to talk about his book and what he’s learned about personalized learning.

Listen to the discussion on this week’s EdSurge On Air podcast. You can follow the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen. The transcript below has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The 45 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

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Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning observes, 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 45 new courses covering everything from web development to user design to leading with intelligent disobedience.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Implementing Video-Based Learning Strategy Effectively In Corporate Learning | Blog - Tesseract Learning

With the rising popularity of videos, even corporates are leveraging on using them for educating their employees. Videos can be human based or animated. How exactly video-based learning should be implemented is the focus of this article by Suresh Kumar, CEO at Tesseract Learning Pvt Ltd.

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Video-based learning is a powerful and effective method of learning new concepts. When implemented correctly, video-based learning solution has the right impact on the minds of the learners. Videos have the power to captivate, entice, and educate learners. Rightly built video-based learning snippets, meaning right sized videos with appealing graphics, visuals and narration help the audience connect well to the subject being taught and lead to better decision making.

Video-based learning in corporate learning improves the retention of concepts due to their appeal and in turn improve productivity of employees Organizations reap several benefits when they implement videos to announce new products or teach innovation and cutting-edge concepts.

Why Videos?
The popularity of videos on social media platforms or vlogging platforms cannot be overemphasized. Music videos have garnered billions of views in YouTube. Many professional and amateurs use YouTube to teach and entertain their audiences. In social media platforms, videos have time and again proven to be the method to "break the internet".

Video-based learning nuggets if built carefully and that have the right elements like interesting narration, graphic elements can hold the attention of a learner for longer duration of time.

Videos have time and again proved to be effective in communicating important messages, concepts and ideas to the workforce. We believe videos can help engage audiences to learn and understand the concepts better.

At Tesseract Learning, we have a professional team that consists of learning specialists who can create the right video-based learning solutions. We have years of experience in understanding the needs, audience and the context for suitable video-based learning. To bring the video-based learning into life, our learning strategists are ably supported by a team of expert illustrators, visualizers and designers.
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Statistical Inference as Severe Testing - How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars | Cambridge University Press

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Check out How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars by Deborah G. Mayo, Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech.  

Statistical Inference as Severe Testing
How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars
It is easy to lie with statistics . Or so the cliché goes. It is also very difficult to uncover these lies without statistical methods–at least of the right kind. Self-correcting statistical methods are needed, and, with minimal technical fanfare, that’s what I aim to illuminate.

Mounting failures of replication in social and biological sciences give a new urgency to critically appraising proposed reforms. This book pulls back the cover on disagreements between experts charged with restoring integrity to science. It denies two pervasive views of the role of probability in inference: to assign degrees of belief, and to control error rates in a long run. If statistical consumers are unaware of assumptions behind rival evidence reforms, they can't scrutinize the consequences that affect them (in personalized medicine, psychology, etc.). The book sets sail with a simple tool: if little has been done to rule out flaws in inferring a claim, then it has not passed a severe test...

Philosophical tools are put to work to solve problems about science and pseudoscience, induction and falsification.
  • Views a contentious debate as a difference in goals to enable fair-minded engagement
  • Refocuses on the goal of learning from error to shed fresh light on statistical inference
  • Offers a bridge between long-standing philosophical problems and concerns of practicing scientists and statisticians
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Monday, December 17, 2018

How to make the most of degree apprenticeships | Talent -

Degree Apprenticeships are a great way to accelerate the development of talented people and equip managers with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the new world of work.

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Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School writes, "Many organisations are using their Apprenticeship Levy to fund these highly practical, flexible programmes, which can help build employee engagement and create the agility and resilience needed to thrive in an uncertain future."

But the decision to embrace Degree Apprenticeships is only the beginning of the journey. If organisations are to make the most of their investment, they need to think carefully about how they can exploit the learning that comes out of the programme and use it to support their wider talent and succession planning process.

These are some of the key issues L&D practitioners need to consider if they want to get maximum impact from their decision to go down the Degree Apprenticeship route.

To make the most of degree apprenticeships, L&D practitioners need to learn five key considerations to help maximise their impact within their organisation.  

Learn how to:
  • Support participants throughout
  • Keep line managers in the loop
  • Build a strong internal network
  • Transfer the learning
  • Drive inclusion
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University vs Apprenticeship: The education debate | -TechTarget

Cath Everett, journalist and editor reports, Traditionally, a degree is the preferred route into the technology industry, but many now believe an apprenticeship may be a more valuable path into the sector.

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Dissent appears to have been growing lately over whether getting a university education really is the best way to find a dream job in tech – or anywhere else, for that matter. For example, a study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed at the end of last year that a mere 52% of former students had found a graduate-level post within six months of leaving university.

A key problem in the tech sector in this regard, says Alan Furley, director of specialist tech and engineering recruitment consultancy ISL, is that universities tend to teach “hard skills that aren’t always contemporary or adaptable into a career, while at the same time the cost of a degree plus lost earning opportunities is ever growing”.
According to a study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, for instance, nearly a third of recent graduates are currently earning less than £20,000 per year, despite having incurred an average debt burden of £50,000 – a sum that many are likely to spend much of their life paying off.

But apprenticeships, which successive governments have been pushing as an important alternative for some time, have faced their own issues too. First, they still appear to come with a stigma attached – if they register in potential candidates’ consciousness at all.
Second, there have been issues around quality in some quarters. Despite the high levels of noise around alternative routes into employment, which include apprenticeships as well as internships and returnships, employers have had mixed experiences, says Furley.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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.

Biographies take center stage in this week’s recommended titles — whether the traditional, magisterial kind that walks readers through the life of a celebrated figure (John Marshall, Saul Bellow) or the more intimate kind that shines attention on a person who might otherwise be overlooked (Scholastique Mukasonga’s mother, Stefania, in “The Barefoot Woman,” or Stephen L. Carter’s grandmother Eunice Carter, in “Invisible”). There’s also a group biography of the fathers of Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce, and autobiography in the form of memoir (by Elaine Pagels) and personal essays (by Meghan O’Gieblyn).

We round things out with a novel about politics and sexual violence, Idra Novey’s “Those Who Knew,” and a narrative history, Patricia Miller’s “Bringing Down the Colonel,” touching on some of those same themes in its account of a 19th-century lawsuit that challenged the era’s prevailing notions of gender and sexual mores.
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Prospect’s books of the year 2018: ideas | Arts & Books - Prospect

Books to help us understand our world, says Prospect Team.

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Are things getting better or worse? Contrary to what the news tells us, actually we’ve never had it so good. That’s the argument of cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in Enlightenment Now (Allen Lane), which offers a profusion of graphs that show positive trends in life expectancy, crime, poverty and the spread of democracy. 

Pinker’s manifesto for optimism is exactly what we need right now, reminding us of how far we have come and how far we can still go. His book rails against the gloomy anti-Enlightenment arguments that were inaugurated by Friedrich Nietzsche. Sue Prideaux’s sympathetic biography I am Dynamite! (Faber) shows how the German philosopher denounced reason and urged us to embrace Dionysian desires. In person, though, he was soft-spoken and impeccably groomed—more like the Victorian gent he strove not to be.
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