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Saturday, September 22, 2018

97 Percent Student Satisfaction Rate at Berklee Online | Berklee Online

The results of the 2018 Berklee Undergraduate Exit Survey are in, and Berklee Online is proud to report an unprecedented result of 97 percent overall satisfaction among graduating Berklee Online students! 

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Each year, Berklee’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) undertakes the sprawling effort to connect with every student graduating from Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee Online. The Undergraduate Exit Survey is an opportunity to learn about the individual experiences of education at Berklee and the plans Berklee students take with them into their careers and lives. 

The Berklee Online class of 2018 are world-changers whose careers in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Chile, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United States will be informed by what Berklee has taught them. Of the respondents, 79 percent are employed, self-employed, in an internship, or accepted/enrolled in continuing education. Of those already working, 78 percent are employed in the entertainment industry; the most common areas of employment are recording, live music, education, and technology. 

Learn more about Berklee Online, including their new Masters program here.
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5 Tips for Covering Songs on YouTube by Berklee Online, online school of Berklee College of Music.  

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The View from the NY Art Book Fair Zine Tent: 8 Zines You Want to Know About | Books - Hyperallergic

"This year’s zinesters brought some of the most playful, provocative, and interesting items on display, and here are some notable picks" says Deena ElGenaidi, writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

A History of Zines room at the NY Art Book Fair
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Upon entering Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair at the Museum of Modern Art Ps1 for the first time, I was immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the event, with room after room of books, publishers, and artworks. The program alone, with its long list exhibitors, was enough to make my head spin. But after doing a quick walk-through of the space and learning a bit about the different rooms in this old public school building, I ventured towards the domed, white tents outside.

Having arrived somewhat early, I witnessed the bustling energy of people setting up their tables and preparing for the night ahead. If you do end up at the NY Art Book Fair this weekend, I highly recommend checking out the following tables and their incredible zines.

Source: Hyperallergic

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Irish man putting his stamp on Copenhagen’s music scene | Work - The Irish Times

"Wild Geese: For Fergus Murphy, the best part of living in Denmark is work-life balance"  inform Barbara McCarthy, Freelance journalist and photographer - Ireland.

Fergus Murphy has lived in Copenhagen for 16 years with his family. Although he misses Ireland, he could never see himself leaving Denmark and all it has to offer.
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Fergus Murphy was well prepared for life in Denmark after spending much of his childhood in Cologne, Germany.

“I lived there from the age of four to 10, so I spoke German fluently. It came in handy when I was learning Danish down the line but, that said, Danish is no walk in the park and it’s taken me almost 16 years to master it. But I finally got there.”

Before he set foot on the Scandinavian peninsula, Murphy studied politics and German in UCD and completed an MA in political science, also in UCD...

Murphy had previously worked with the Red Bull Music Academy, a global music institution and platform, which fosters creativity and learning music. He took on various projects with them in the late noughties, before taking a full-time job as a studio manager in 2012.

“The position allowed me to work with a range of international musicians and develop quality collaborations with artists. I also worked on events at the likes of Roskilde festival, one of the biggest festivals in Europe which attracts over 130,000 people annually.”

As somewhat of an expert, Murphy is often called upon to give talks at festivals, including the Storm Electronic music festival and the Rhythmic music conservatory, as well as public talks in libraries. “There is a lot of support from the state here for music and the arts, so you get opportunities in many different forms.”

Source: The Irish Times

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Partners in Education: Music and learning | Education - WGBA-TV

At East Appleton High School, one teacher makes sure the class won't be bored or uninspired, continus WGBA-TV.

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English teacher Paul Miller says he picked up a ukulele seven years ago. He says he did it specifically for his class and he says it's been a hit... 

Students say, aside from the ukulele, Miller is a great English teacher who goes above and beyond to help his class succeed. Miller works to make the most of each class, and each moment, to brighten up a student's day.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

What to major in college? The most and least valuable degrees | New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Actuarial Science is the most valuable college major, says  

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Actuarial science is the most valuable college major, according to a new survey that ranks 162 majors based on average income and unemployment rates.

Adrian Garcia, an analyst with Bankrate, says actuaries are people you may want to thank or blame for the premiums you pay on car, home and health insurances. It's the top major because the average income is $109,000 and the unemployment rate is just 2.3 percent.

Garcia says the survey looked at how many graduates went on to get a master's or doctorate degree, knowing you may have to dip into your savings or take out loans to do that. But only 22 percent of actuaries did so, suggesting you can get a good job without having to have further schooling.

Actuarial science is considered a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degree, which dominates the Top 5 list. At No. 2 is zoology, followed by nuclear engineering, health and medical preparatory programs and applied mathematics — all with six-figure incomes and low unemployment rates.
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University guide 2019: league table for mathematics | Education - The Guardian

The study of quantities through analysis, deduction and calculation - including mathematics, operational research and statistics.


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Digital transformation trends in insurance | Technology - Digital Journal

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"Insurance companies continue to struggle when it comes to customer experience, with users complaining of poor service when making claims or because of undue waiting times. Insurance companies are redressing this with new technology" writes Dr. Tim Sandle, Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news.

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According to the ICS UK Customer Satisfaction Index many consumers remain dissatisfied with the experiences they receive from insurance companies and when making insurance claims. One reason put forward for this is a lack of progress with digital transformation.

In contrast, the industry group finds that banks have made greater strides with offering digital platforms and better customer experiences. The reason why many major banks have upped their game is due to challenges from fintech disruptors. This level of disruption hasn’t been seen with insurance to the same degree; however, this looks like only being a matter of time. 

Some insurance companies have successfully adopted digital technologies, and continue to improve upon the customer experience.

Audatex – fast claims service
The company Audatex has launched an end-to-end digital motor claims management solution, with the aim of reducing the insurance claim process. Using a platform called AudaENOL, this allows policyholders to initiate and control the claims process. Through the platform each step in the claims process is visible, such as the steps for the claimants, insurers, repairers, and accident management companies...

Homelyfe - targeting brokers with new platform
The insurtech startup Homelyfe has launched a new digital insurance platform called Aventus, as a business-to-business application. The platform can be used for the digitisation of books or question sets for insurance processing so that insurance quotes can be rapidly delivered to brokers.

Source: Digital Journal

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The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds | Future of Learning - The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Tara García Mathewson, staff writer at The Hechinger Report explains, "More students report emailing teachers, collaborating with peers in schools with 1:1 programs."  
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More than twice as many principals in 2017 said students in their schools were assigned some type of mobile device, like a laptop or tablet, than in 2015. That’s according to the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, which found that 60 percent of principals who responded to its latest survey say they assign these devices, compared with 27 percent two years earlier.

So what does that mean for classrooms? The Speak Up survey, a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, an education-focused nonprofit, also reached almost 341,000 students in 2017, and it found some distinct differences in what students with and without mobile devices said they did in school.

High schoolers assigned a laptop or a Chromebook were more likely to take notes in class, do internet research, create documents to share, collaborate with their peers on projects, check their grades and get reminders about tests or homework due dates...

Schools that distribute mobile devices to students more often lay this foundation, the survey shows. They also give students chances to collaborate with their peers on projects. Nearly half of high schoolers with an assigned laptop or Chromebook say they get to do this, while just one-third of high schoolers without those assigned devices say the same.

In focus groups, students say they really like the idea of peer-to-peer learning, Evans said. Sometimes teachers can’t explain things in ways they understand. Their peers can fill in the gaps.

Source: The Hechinger Report

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Complimentary Trainers Guide | Association for Talent Development

Whether you are just getting started as a trainer or are a seasoned talent development professional, planning your training sessions is an important key to success. 

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The topics covered in this guide will help you think beyond modules and training sessions and instead help you deliver effortless learning experiences.
The learner’s experience is an essential factor determining whether or not the learning will stick. Their experience doesn’t start when they enter the classroom, it starts when they sign up for the course. Are you doing everything you can to make that process painless and exciting?
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In this guide, we’ll go over how to:

  • Create nurturing learning environments.
  • Identify the five most effective skills trainers need to have.
  • Deal with challenging participants.
  • Keep your training programs funde
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Watch movies for free online? EU study reveals users face THOUSANDS of malware threats when visiting sites that offer pirated digital content | Daily Mail

  • Experts found the files hidden in fake game installers and other free software
  • The 200GB of malicious files were analysed by law enforcement Europol
  • This revealed websites containing malware were mainly hosted in the US
  • Websites with .com domain names were also the most likely to contain malware

Experts from the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Spain uncovered the files hidden in fake game installers and other free programmes that give hackers access to your device, as Daily Mail reports. 

Downloading movies illegally online isn't just putting you at risk of falling foul of the courts, a new study suggests. Thousands of users are putting themselves at risk of infection by malicious apps when they visit websites that offer pirated content (artist's impression).
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Downloading and streaming movies illegally isn't just putting you at risk of falling foul of the law, according to a new study into malware.

Thousands of users are putting themselves at risk of infection by malicious apps when they visit websites that offer pirated content.

European Union (EU) researchers located 4 000 malicious files in their search, which originated from approximately 100 individually developed pieces of malware.

That includes fake game installers and free programmes to promise to let you access and stream pirated content, but actually give hackers access to your device...

The files extracted by the researchers came from sites and mobile applications suspected of sharing pirated films, music, video games and TV shows.

They were designed to lure users into sharing credit card details, social network logins or other personal data.

'Our previous research has shown that over half of digital natives say they consider the safety of a site to be a priority when accessing content online,' said Christian Archambeau, acting executive director of the EUIPO.

'Our findings are important for all online users, of whatever age, as they highlight the inherent dangers in copyright-infringing sites.

Source: Daily Mail

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