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Admissions resume at Mumbai University’s distance learning institute | Mumbai - Hindustan Times

In June 2017, UGC had issued a notification to regulate distance learning courses across the country. It required institutes to seek the regulator’s recognition for the courses, inform Shreya Bhandary, Special Correspondent covering higher education for Hindustan Times, Mumbai.

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Institute of Distance Open Learning (IDOL) The registration process of University of Mumbai’s (MU) Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) re-started on Friday. The move comes after IDOL recently received the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) affiliation for the academic year 2019-20 .

“Registrations had begun on July 19, but we could not start the admissions process until the affiliation came through. The updated list of affiliated distance education institutes was released on Wednesday by UGC...

IDOL did not feature in the first list issued in August 2018 as MU’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grading had expired. It failed to show up in the updated lists published in January and June this year.

Source: Hindustan Times

Computer science undergraduates most likely to drop out | Computer Weekly - TechTarget

Computer science degrees account for the largest proportion of students who drop out before completion, writes Karl Flinders, Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly - TechTarget.

Photo: Adobe StockComputer science degrees have the highest number of students dropping out, according to the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

The most recent figures available from Hesa, which cover the year 2016/17, show that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.

Business and administrative studies saw the second highest dropout rate, at 7.4%. Engineering and technology degrees were the equal third most dropped out of, along with creative and arts, and mass communications and documentation, all at 7.2%...

The problem for the computer industry in the UK goes deeper, with a recent study by the University of Roehampton revealing the number of hours spent teaching computing and ICT subjects in secondary schools dropped by 36% between 2012 and 2017.

Source: Computer Weekly - TechTarget

This Mathematician's 'Mysterious' New Method Just Solved a 30-Year-Old Problem | Tech - Live Science

Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer at Live Science reports, The proof took 30 years to be solved, but it's so simple and elegant that you can summarize it in a single tweet. 

Hao Huang
Photo: Emory UniversityA mathematician has solved a 30-year-old problem at the boundary between mathematics and computer science. He used an innovative, elegant proof that has his colleagues marveling at its simplicity.

Hao Huang, an assistant professor of mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta, proved a mathematical idea called the sensitivity conjecture, which, in incredibly rough terms, makes a claim about how much you can change the input to a function without changing the output (this is its sensitivity).
In the decades since mathematicians first proposed the sensitivity conjecture (without proving it), theoretical computer scientists realized that it has huge implications for determining the most efficient ways to process information. [5 Seriously Mind-Boggling Math Facts]

What's remarkable about Huang's proof, according to other experts in the field, isn't just that Huang pulled it off, but also the elegant and straightforward way in which he did it... 

Huang "took this matrix, and he modified it in a very ingenious and mysterious way," Kalai said. "It's like you have an orchestra and they play some music, and then you let some of the players, I don't know, stand on their head, and the music becomes completely different — something like that."
That different music turned out to be the key to proving the conjecture, Kalai said. It's mysterious, he said, because even though mathematicians understand why the method worked in this case, they don't fully understand this new "music" or in what other cases it might be useful or interesting.
Read more... 

Source: Live Science

Technology innovation in music | Computer Weekly - TechTarget

In this week’s Computer Weekly, we visit the first hackathon at Abbey Road Studios, once home to The Beatles, to find out how tech startups hope to revolutionise music creation.

Photo: Abbey Road Studios.
Music studio hosts hackathon event to foster innovation at a more grassroots level. Sebastian Klovig Skelton reports.

The  world-famous  Abbey  Road  Studios,  where  many  of  The  Beatles’  most  popular  songs  were  recorded,  is  look-ing  to  support  music  innovation  through  technology,  and  recently held its first hackathon event.

The studio runs a musictech incubation programme called Abbey Road Red. The hackathon in November 2018 gathered 100 participants to explore new ways of using technology to create and consume music. The participants – comprised of program-mers, technologists, developers and music producers – were given a number of questions to guide their creations, including “How will artists create music in 2030?” and “Can you play or create music using emotions to trigger different sounds, sam-ples, parameters or effects?”. 

The teams were supported by Abbey Road engineers and judged by an industry panel made up of judges from Universal Music Group and Abbey Road Studios itself, as well as Microsoft and Miquido, the event’s official partners. Participants had 24 hours to develop their ideas, after which the best two were awarded prizes from the partners.
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Source:  Computer Weekly - TechTarget

Start-up of the day: CoVince is the ‘Netflix of e-Learning’ | e-Learning - Innovation Origins

Richard van Tilborg, co-founder of CoVince, describes his idea as “the Netflix of e-learning”. 

Photo: TheCompany – CoVinceBy which he means that CoVince is a platform on which all kinds of various e-learning modules are being offered. The e-learning modules have a variety of styles and themes. As a user, you choose what you would like to learn. Just as you choose your favorite series on Netflix.

Van Tilborg and the other co-founder Melanie van Halteren know each other well through their former employer. That’s where they came up with the idea for CoVince. As this is the platform where technology, psychology and experience come together, they form the ideal duo. Van Tilborg has the technical know-how and Van Halteren has a background in communication and psychology.

What is CoVince? 
The e-learning modules offered on the CoVince platform are built by the founders themselves. Most modules are built in collaboration with other companies. They commission CoVince to develop modules for them. More and more companies are using e-learning modules to train their employees.

Source: Innovation Origins

Slapping down myths about online learning | University - Swinburne University of Technology

Read his opinion piece originally published in The Australian.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Duncan Bentley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, debunks three myths about the quality of online education compared to face-to-face learning.

If you loved the School of the Air, you should love online education.
Photo: The Australian.We reminisce fondly about the School of the Air. It is a quintessentially Australian thing for dedicate­d teachers to deliver the highest-quality lessons to the most remote parts of Australia by radio, correspondence and now advanced technologies.

In contrast, policymakers have little fondness for online educa­tion, particularly higher educa­tion. It is time to bust some myths of online education as we celebrate the more than 23 Australian universities delivering education either fully or partly online.

This year, the Swinburne University of Technology celebrates its 20 year partnership with Open Universities Australia and eight-year partnership with SEEK Learning to deliver Swinburne Online.

Does the quality stack up? Let’s debunk three popular myths.

Source: Swinburne University of Technology

Coding Academies And the Future of Higher Education | Education - Forbes

Coding academies like Thinkful can meet vocational needs cheaply and effectively, using such innovations as Income Share Agreements and forgoing the vast non-instructional spending of traditional universities, says Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus. 

Photo: GettyI recently had an extraordinarily interesting conversation with Darrell Silver, the co-founder and CEO of Thinkful, a coding academy that currently has about 1,600 students. It is doing lots of innovative things, explaining why much of traditional higher education is struggling. It and other coding academies provide hope that our nation's future human capital needs can be fulfilled more efficiently and effectively than currently.  The coding academy model reeks with incentives and innovation, keys to educational reform. Thinkful is an on-line institution, so it avoids enormous capital costs (expensive buildings empty for much of the year); it uses as its faculty part-time professionals who do this in addition to a regular job; it offers students a zero tuition option using an Income Share Agreement model that motivates both student and Thinkful to perform well. It is for-profit, adding incentives to deliver students services cheaply while providing them very marketable skills.  It has only one job: train individuals to be more productive in the work force in a relatively short period of time.  There are no sustainability coordinators or diversity and inclusion specialists --it is all about learning.

In short, it  may be the future of higher learning in America...

Will traditional universities learn from this model?  

Source: Forbes

Digital age brought to rural village | Local news - Hazyview Herald

GWF now operates five digital learning campuses, named the “Hazyview Cluster” after the largest campus and combined, the campuses reach over 7 000 rural people every week, inform Mariana Balt, Editor at Hazyview Herald.

Guests at the opening of the new digital campus at Dumphries Village.
Photo: Amanda Ritchie The digital learning revolution continues to grow in Bushbuckridge with award-winning South African non-profit, Good Work Foundation (GWF), last week opening a fifth digital learning campus in Dumphries village, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Together with its partners, Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba, Dulini Private Game Reserve, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Inyati Private Game Reserve, the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, the All Heart Fund, and the Dumphries community, GWF officially launched the Dumphries Digital Learning Campus on July 26, a high-tech campus that will benefit adults and schoolchildren from the community.

GWF’s core programmes are already operational at Dumphries. The Bridging Academy is a year-long course that enables adults to become proficient in skills that are required in a 21st century workplace, bridging the gap between high school work and further studies. The Open Learning Academy focuses on English literacy, maths literacy, digital literacy, environmental awareness, and life skills for schoolchildren...

GWF is one of the few NGOs in South Africa focusing on digital learning opportunities for young adults and pupils living in rural communities. GWF does this via digital learning campuses and has started the process of adding enterprise start-ups to the campuses to complete an ecosystem of learning and working. At the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, there is a fully operational IT service desk where clients include T-Systems, Eskom, and FiatChrysler. GWF’s adult education programmes create digital citizens capable of starting their own businesses or entering the digital marketplace, including the on-campus enterprise.

Source: Hazyview Herald

A Look at the Open Syllabus Project and College Education | Education - Parentology

“The top-ranked texts, other than textbooks and writing manuals, are overwhelmingly “classics” that would look at home in a curriculum written 50 years ago,” Joe Karaganis, project director and vice president of the American Assembly at Columbia University says.

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The college syllabus has always been a go-to guide for any college class. From homework to recommended reading, anything you wanted to know about a college class could be found in the syllabus. Now, researchers at the American Assembly, a non-profit group at Columbia University, are taking the information from college syllabi to learn more about what professors are teaching around the world.

The Open Syllabus Project takes a look at what books are being read and taught in college courses. The goal is to use this information to not only help professors but also students...

How Can the Open Syllabus Project Help 
Professors and Students? McClure believes the information found in the Open Syllabus Project can help professors find new readings to go along with what’s already been selected.

“It could also be useful as a way to avoid the “typical” choices, and design really innovative and unusual courses,” McClure adds.

Source: Parentology

Why professors shouldn't ban laptops and other note-taking devices in classrooms | Career Advice - Inside Higher Ed

Follow on Twitter as @karenraycosta Banning laptops or other note-taking devices from the classroom is an extreme stance that isn’t right for every student, argues Karen Costa, facilitator at Faculty Guild and a Massachusetts-based adjunct who teaches college success strategies to first-year students.

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Every few months, Edutwitter features debates about whether handwriting or laptops are the better option for note taking. People on both sides take firm and definitive stances, as they should. “I’m not sure” and “It probably depends” are tweets not destined for viral fame. Stronger proclamations and less cool heads prevail in that space.

My intention in this essay is to identify the nuances of note taking, however, and then to circle back to suggest some strategies that classroom instructors will actually find useful.

I have been teaching note taking to college students since 2006. I’ve also been training faculty members on how to teach note taking to students for about a decade. Finally, since our knowledge of how people learn best is constantly evolving, I’m currently studying in the field of mind, brain and education science. What follows is the best of what I know about note taking in college classrooms...

Let’s not forget ourselves, either. Faculty members are doing some of the hardest, most emotionally and mentally draining work of the modern era. I saw a recent post online that compared the stress level of teaching with that of air traffic controllers. We have to be savvy and thoughtful about where we invest our energy. Note taking is important. What’s even more important is how we help students to use those notes for deep learning and long-term success.

Source: Inside Higher Ed  

Math can be imaginative and meaningful, so let's teach it that way | Beyond Local - NewmarketToday.ca

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
Read the original article.
Photo: Peter TaylorIt doesn't have to be a boring subject, argues Peter Taylor, Professor, Queen's University, Ontario.

Photo: PexelsAlice in Wonderland enthusiasts recently celebrated the story’s anniversary with creative events like playing with puzzles and time — and future Alice exhibits are in the works. The original 1865 children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sprung from a mathematician’s imagination, continues to inspire exploration and fun. 

But is a connection between math and creativity captured in schools? Much discussion across the western world from both experts and the public has emphasized the need to revitalize high school mathematics: critics say the experience is boring or not meaningful to most students. Experts concerned with the public interest and decision-making say students need skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration

Mathematicians, philosophers and educators are also concerned with the excitement and energy of creative expression, with invention, with wonder and even with what might be called the romance of learning

Mathematics has all the attributes of the paragraph above, and so it seems to me that what’s missing from high school math is mathematics itself... 

Student engagement
In the 1970s, the extraordinary mathematician and computer scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Seymour Papert, noticed that in art class, students, just as mature artists, are involved in personally meaningful work. Papert’s objective was to be able to say the same of a mathematics student. 

I had a parallel experience in 2013 when I was the internal reviewer for the Drama program at Queen’s. I marvelled at students’ creative passion as they prepared to stage a performance. And they weren’t all actors: they were singers, musicians, writers, composers, directors and technicians...

Stanford University Graduate School of Education mathematician Keith Devlin advises parents to ensure their child has mastery of what he calls number sense, “fluidity and flexibility with numbers, a sense of what numbers mean, and an ability to use mental mathematics to negotiate the world and make comparisons.” But for students embarking on careers in science, technology or engineering, that is not enough, he says. They need a deep understanding of both those procedures and the concepts they rely on — the capacity to analyze and work with complex systems.

Source: NewmarketToday.ca

The 21 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - The Learning Blog

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

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn LearningAnd, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 21 new courses covering everything from programming foundations to user experiecne to business ethics.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:

Additional resources  
Want to see what else we offer?
View all of LinkedIn Learning's 14,000+ courses today.

Source: LinkedIn Learning

Reading in a Digital World: New Spotlight | Education Week

Editor’s Note - Amid rapid growth, schools are finding ways to best implement technology to teach reading in innovative ways. 

Download Now (PDF)In this Spotlight, discover what we still don't know about digital reading, how reading should be taught in a digital world, and how digital reading impacts student comprehension.
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Source: Education Week

Mathematical insights through collaboration and perseverance | Mathematics - MIT News

Jonathan Mingle, MIT News correspondent inform, “Patience is important for our subject,” says math professor Wei Zhang. “You’re always making infinitesimal progress.”

Wei Zhang
Photo: Jake BelcherWei Zhang’s breakthrough happened on the train. He was riding home to New York after visiting a friend in Boston, during the last year of his PhD studies in mathematics at Columbia University, where he was focusing on L-functions, an important area of number theory.

“All of a sudden, things were linked together,” he recalls, about the flash of insight that allowed him to finish a key project related to his dissertation. “Definitely it was an ‘Aha!’ moment.”

But that moment emerged from years of patient study and encounters with other mathematicians’ ideas. For example, he had attended talks by a certain faculty member in his first and third years at Columbia, but each time he thought the ideas presented in those lectures wouldn’t be relevant for his own work.

“And then two years later, I found this was exactly what I needed to finish a piece of the project!” says Zhang, who joined MIT two years ago as a professor of mathematics.

As Zhang recalls, during that pivotal train ride his mind had been free to wander around the problem and consider it from different angles. With this mindset, “I can have a more panoramic way of putting everything into one piece...

Conversations and patience
Bridging other branches of math with number theory has become one of Zhang’s specialties.

In 2018, he won the New Horizons in Mathematics Breakthroughs Prize, a prestigious award for researchers early in their careers. He shared the prize with his old friend and undergraduate classmate, and current MIT colleague, Zhiwei Yun, for their joint work on the Taylor expansion of L-functions, which was hailed as a major advance in a key area of number theory in the past few decades.

Source: MIT News

15 Fascinating Facts About Haruki Murakami | Bustle

Haruki Murakami seduces the reader.

Photo: deliberateeye via FlickrHaruki Murakami is a shining star in the literary world, but there is still a lot that isn’t commonly known about the perennial Nobel Prize favorite (and never the winner) — so who is Haruki Murakami? summarizes Stephanie Topacio Long, writer and editor.

As revered as he is, he mostly seems to avoid the limelight and even writers’ circles; in fact, he once admitted to the Paris Review that he had no writer friends. Instead, he has kept busy with his own work and is constantly adding to his list of books — much to the delight of his global fan base.

Not surprisingly, Murakami is as unique as his work. His writing career basically started on a whim, and it quickly turned into one of acclaim. He gained a devoted “cult” following, and within the decade, that popularity expanded exponentially. Murakami has become an important global figure, and his books have sold millions of copies around the world, in dozens of languages.

Below are 15 fascinating facts about the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

Source: Bustle

10 Books Stanford Business School Professors Think You Should Read This Summer | Business Books - Inc.

This reading list from the Stanford professors will keep you entertained and make you smarter by Jessica Stillman, freelance writer based in Cyprus. 

Photo: Rey Seven/UnsplashAttending Stanford's Graduate School of Business to learn from the school's celebrated professors will cost you more than $50,000 a year. Don't have that kind of cash? Fear not--you can still learn at least a little from these top minds in the world of business. 
The school's Insights newsletter helpfully hit up GSB professors for their top suggestions of what to read this summer. All it takes to be a little smarter come September is filling up your beach bag or e-reader with some of their picks.Read more...
Source: Inc.

100 Great Books for an Ambitious Teenage Reader | Picks - Slate

Dan Kois, editor and writer at Slate recommends, The list I gave my daughter this summer.

 Photo: Getty Images Plus. On last week’s episode of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate’s parenting podcast, I mentioned that this summer I’ve given my daughter Lyra a 100-book reading list. Lyra’s an avid reader who has long sped through books, but she’s been reading less and less as she moves into adolescence—shifting her attention to the internet, to her own writing, and to games. While there are a lot of great things about all those distractions, I didn’t want her to lose touch with the excitement of finding and loving a new book. So I made up this list and told her the only thing I require of her this summer is that she needs to read 25 of them. (So far she’s read about 15.) 

The list is made up of a mix of classics and contemporary books, short stories and novels, plays and comics, literature and trash. Some of them are books I loved dearly when I was 14...

I’m posting the list here in case it’s useful to other parents of other advanced teenage readers. If you try a similar stunt some summer, you should adapt the list so it includes books that are important to you and that seem like they might appeal to your kid. And you should definitely include some wild pie-in-the-sky reward should your child read all 100. Lyra’s gotten me to agree that I’ll take her to Disneyland if she pulls that off. She thinks I hope I don’t have to do it—but of course, I really hope I do.  Read more...

Source: Slate

6 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

The venerable Spanish novelist Javier Marías, answering our By the Book questions this week, disavows the concept of a “national literature.” Readers who agree with him may take heart from the example of David Szalay, whose novel “Turbulence” tops our latest list of recommended titles: Szalay was born in Montreal, raised in Beirut and London, and now lives in Budapest, and his novel (set largely in airports and on airplanes) is just as global and deracinated as that background might lead you to expect. On the other hand there’s Campbell McGrath, a poet who is every bit an American writer, and whose substantial volume of new and selected work, “Nouns & Verbs,” closes out this week’s recommendations. In between we have a novel set in a small English village; an intellectual biography of the French mathematician André Weil and his sister, the philosopher Simone Weil; a close look at Greenland and its journey to the center of climate science; and a history of Theodore Roosevelt’s rise that’s also about the rise of American dominance in the 20th century.
Read more... 

Source: New York Times  

The Booker Prize longlist includes a book that is just a single thousand-page sentence | Culture - Vox.com

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects by Constance Grady, Staff Writer at Vox.

Ancient books displayed in Arqua Petrarca, Veneto, Italy.
Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of July 21, 2019.
  • At Slate, Dan Kois has put together a list of 100 great books for an ambitious teenage reader. Personally, I think Lloyd Alexander is a better fit for the 8-to-12 range than for high schoolers, but half the fun of reading lists like this is to quibble with them.
  • The New York Times profiled Sarah McNally, of New York’s McNally Jackson mini-chain of indie bookstores, to find out how she spends her Sundays. There’s the requisite protesting-too-much about how she works too hard and isn’t a role model, but try and tell me this isn’t aspirational:

Source: Vox.com 

Why do priests study philosophy? | US - Catholic News Agency

This study, which might seem impractical, is fundamental to seminarians’ understanding their future education and the people with whom they will interact as pastors, according to the Congregation for Catholic Education, continues Catholic News Agency.

Photo: Raphael's The School of Athens (1511)Philosophy does not teach its students the Bible. It does not teach one how to minister to a congregation. It does not teach one how to distribute the sacraments.
Despite this, seminarians are required to study between two and four years of philosophy, depending on their diocese and seminary, before they transfer to a major seminary to study exclusively theology, taking up time during which they could study pastoral ministry or theology...

Philosophy already dealt with issues such as those, requiring deep thought and logic in order to make conclusions, as seen within their papers, and so the transition from philosophy to theology was smooth, Fr. Harrison Ayre, a priest of the Diocese of Victoria, believes...

“Philosophy actually gives you these critical tools to get to the root of the problem,” Fr. Ayre said. “It gives you those critical and rational tools to be able to do that with people, so it's very helpful in that regard.”

Source: Catholic News Agency


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