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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NC State Education Adds Ph.D. Program Specialization in Social Justice Education | Academics and Programs - NC State University

Cherry Crayton, director of marketing and communication at College of Education at NC State University notes, The NC State College of Education has added a Doctorate of Philosophy in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with an emphasis in Social Justice Education that will prepare scholar-activists to lead in championing educational success for all.

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Applications are now being accepted for this specialization area, which will enroll its first students in Fall 2019. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2018.

“The goal of the program is to help educators recognize and disrupt systems of oppression by helping to foster and create equitable learning environments,” said Jessica DeCuir-Gunby, a professor of educational psychology and Director of Graduate Programs for the Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Department.

The Ph.D. in Social Justice Education Program will be housed in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, and its core faculty will come from a variety of focus areas within the field of education, including educational psychology, literacy education, multicultural studies, social studies, English Language Arts education and special education. Their research focuses on social justice teacher education, multicultural education and literacy, education and immigration, and diversity and equity in schools and communities...

Learn more about the program’s coursework and admissions requirements on its program specialization page. You can also complete the form below to have a faculty member follow up with you with additional information.
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UWF and IHMC partner to launch new robotics research doctorate program | Pensacola News Journal

Jim Little, Reporter at Pensacola News Journal inform, Graduate students looking to go into robotics research will soon be able to add the University of West Florida to their list of potential schools, thanks to a new partnership with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

A robot at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
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UWF announced this morning it was partnering with IHMC to develop a doctoral program in intelligent systems and robotics after the Florida Board of Governors approved the creation of the program at its meeting Thursday.

The program will be the first robotics doctorate program offered at any university in Florida, and nationwide, the program is only offered at universities like Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Georgia Institute of Technology...

The field of robotics is a growing one and has drawn the interest of students at UWF, with 66 percent of 149 engineering and computer science students responding to a survey that they would be interested in the program.

"The national demand for experts in intelligent systems and robotics is large, yet universities and technology firms such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon struggle to find people with the expertise and skills their organizations need," said Mohamed Khabou, interim program director, in a press release...

The program will be modeled after doctorate programs in Europe, where the work will be tailored to the student and the researcher with whom the student will be working at IHMC.

"We call it the European model because it's much more similar to the kinds of doctorates you see at Oxford and Cambridge than it is to, I guess, what you'd call the typical U.S. doctorate," Saunders said. "That adds a dimension that we think is on the front end, and will serve as a model for others to come in the state."  

Source: Pensacola News Journal

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Good practice in PhD writing | General -

I have been reading and examining a lot of PhDs recently (4 in as many weeks!) and this has got me to reflect on some principles of good practice, says

Doing a PhD is a significant undertaking and dominates the person’s life for a number of years, so it is important that this adventure isn’t taken lightly. Chosen a good supervisor is vital, their role is to guide you and keep you on track, it’s all too easy to go down blind alleys, it is important to remain focused on your core research questions.

I always advise my students to keep an ongoing bibliography of references and for each reference to summarise the main points and indicate how the reference might be used in the thesis. It is a good idea to keep references in referencing software, such as Endnote, Zotero or Mendeley. Write as you go along and stick to a standard structure such as: introduction (setting the scene, explaining why the focus is important, an indication of the contribution to the field and research questions), literature review and explanation of key terms, methodology (data collection and analysis), findings, discussion, conclusions and suggestions for further research. The THES provides a useful set of tips for writing a PhD.


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Graduate School Should Be Challenging, Not Traumatic | Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education

No, doctoral students complaining about a toxic adviser aren’t just whining about the workload, according to Kathryn R. Wedemeyer-Strombel, Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

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As a doctoral student, I have at times found the culture of graduate school to be toxic. When I’ve mentioned that — in conversations in person or on Twitter — some professors and fellow students rush to contradict me. "You’re just complaining because you don’t want to work hard," they say. Or, somewhat more politely, "a Ph.D. should be challenging."

Yes, graduate school should be challenging — but it shouldn’t be traumatizing. There is a difference.

I recently created a Twitter thread to share my views on the difference between intellectually demanding hard work and a toxic or hostile work environment. The response was astounding: In 24 hours there were more than 1,000 likes and 300 retweets. Even two weeks later, the thread was still getting traffic. Clearly, this topic resonates.

I am open and honest — some may think too much so — about the struggles I have experienced as a doctoral student. Hearing on Twitter from hundreds of people who can relate makes me feel less alone, but it also angers me that these struggles are widely relatable yet not talked about nearly enough. So let’s talk about them.

What are the differences between a challenging graduate-school culture and a traumatizing one?...

For professors and graduate-program directors looking for ways to promote a healthy, challenging culture in your department, here are some ideas:
  • Provide graduate students with links and phone numbers to campus counseling services. Normalize seeing a therapist in graduate school for your students.
  • We all know that a Ph.D. program means long hours of reading, writing, research, and stress. Recognize that your students are more than research robots. Encourage reasonable work hours, mental and physical health, and time with family.
  • Encourage your students to pursue hobbies unrelated to the degree program. For students new to the area, recommend local sports leagues, book clubs, and the like. Support their having a life outside of the intense focus of graduate study.
  • If you notice a student in your department who appears to be stuck in an unhealthy, toxic relationship with an adviser, reach out to that student. Or find someone in your department who can. Struggling students may not know whom they can trust — you can at least let them know they have options (including the three I suggest below). If they decide to change labs or switch advisers, support them however you can, even by just being an advocate and a positive reference as they search for a new adviser.
  • Especially if you have tenure, work to resolve problems in your own department. Or find someone who can in the departmental or institutional leadership. Do not put that onus on the student.
For current graduate students feeling stuck in an environment that seems more toxic than challenging, here are some suggestions:

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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How to turn your interests into a career | CAREER FEATURE -

Emily Sohn, freelance journalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota observes, Scientists are merging their life’s passions with their academic studies, and coming up with new fields in the process. 

Danish neuroscientist Peter Vuust heads a lab, teaches music and plays his bass in 60 concerts a year.
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Indre Viskontas took piano lessons as a child and made her opera debut at age 11. But her mother, a professional conductor, told her that music did not pay well. So Viskontas, who often listened to the opera singer Maria Callas while doing homework, decided to pursue science instead, earning an undergraduate degree in psychology and French literature at the University of Toronto, Canada, and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. During a year in London, she took singing lessons that she continued during her PhD, when she also sang opera.

Viskontas saw neuroscience as a stable career choice that might offer ideas about how to better embody roles in operatic performances. But after years of alternating her focus between science and music, she found a way to combine the two, by applying neuroscience to musical training. She now works as an opera singer and cognitive neuroscientist, with positions at the University of San Francisco, California, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Scientists who have successfully crafted a research career out of their non-academic passions and talents say that persistence and patience are key, especially when trying to merge two professional paths that might not seem obviously connected. Melding worlds can be unsettling, and it takes time and creativity to persuade funders and advisers that the work is worthwhile...

During the time it can take to work out how to combine science with an outside interest, it might be necessary to pursue both in tandem. Good organizational skills can help researchers to juggle two identities at once, says neuroscientist Peter Vuust, who is director of the Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University in Denmark. He also teaches music at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, and is a bassist. His research addresses questions about how the brain processes music, with projects such as the use of music in health care.

Vuust started playing music professionally when he was 16, but studied French and music as an undergraduate, mathematics for his master’s degree and neuroscience for his PhD. Even now, as a working scientist, Vuust plays music every morning at 6:30 for up to an hour and a half. It’s meditative time for him that helps him to maintain a performance schedule of 60 concerts a year...

Vuust took a different approach to the same need for freedom. For two years, he worked every day on applying for a major grant from the Danish National Research Foundation, which is given to about ten scientists once every three years. He didn’t get it, and had to rely instead on smaller grants. In 2014, with a polished application, he got the grant, allowing him to focus on his research and his music without worrying too much about the need to constantly seek more money...

Researching any type of science requires intense dedication and energy, Vuust says, adding that the best scientists are those who study what they love. “In order to be a really good researcher, it has to be a passion,” he says. ”What you do has to be fun.”  

Additional resources 
Nature 563, 431-433 (2018)
doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07357-2


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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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Source: Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning

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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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