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Tech Talent Charter: Tackling gender diversity in tech through collaboration | Diversity - Information Age

Nick Ismail, editor for Information Age notes, Today, the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) launched its inaugural benchmarking report, tracking gender diversity in technology roles across the UK.
Over the course of a year, TTC signatories have more than doubled, which shows the tech sector is taking the gender gap seriously.
Photo: Information Age The Tech Talent Charter — partner of Information Age’s Women in IT Awards Series — has done something that few diversity initiatives can claim: bring business competitors together to share data and collaborate for one purpose: to end the gender gap prevalent in the technology sector.

In a first-of-its-kind report, the TTC has collated data from across large corporates to start-ups, which provides practical insights — or best practice tips — in helping close the gender gap.

In late 2017, I attended the Tech Talent Charter’s first annual event at the top of the Gherkin. Then, the diversity initiative announced its 90th signatory. Today, there are over 200. But, as Debbie Forster — CEO of Tech Talent Charter — told me, “we’re ahead of the pack, but there is still along way to go.”

The fight (and I use that word carefully) to close the gender gap is fraught with obstacles: recruitment practice, cultural change etcetera. But, the report released today will help companies — who care about diversity — to improve the inclusion practices...

Does size matter in gender diversity? 
Yes, is the answer.

The data collected shows clear differences between the size of an organisation and its gender representation in technology roles. However, no clear trend was found between size and gender representation.

Surprisingly, the micro-companies (or digital native, culturally progressive start-ups) had the highest representation with 53% of all technical roles held by women, in comparison with small companies at 20%, medium at 23% and large at 19%.

Zoe Amar, founder and director of micro-business Zoe Amar Digital, said: “There is an arms race for employees with good tech skills and all organisations need to think creatively about how to attract them. 92% of my team are women and as I founded my social enterprise when I had a toddler and a baby I knew how important it was to offer flexible work, so I could create more opportunities for women in tech.
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Source: Information Age

Your First Digital Steps | Edition January/February 2019 - Chief Learning Officer

It can be overwhelming to keep up with the volume and pace of change for learning leaders today. In his "Your First Digital Steps" article for Chief Learning Officer®, Intrepid's David Woods, account executive with Intrepid by VitalSource, simplifies the complexity and offers practical suggestions for how to get started with digital learning. 

Photo: Chief Learning OfficerThe landscape of employee learning and engagement is constantly shifting, but what does that mean for organizations that are just beginning their digital learning journey?

Artificial intelligence, adaptive learning and virtual reality: While these technologies are exciting for the potential they bring in training employees and offering more engaging experiences, there are many organizations that are still stuck in outdated modalities for whom such leaps are unthinkable. Many organizations are still printing and shipping manuals and binders all over the country or even the world to get information to their people.

In many industries, small, incremental changes can often be more practical to accomplish at speed than large, sweeping changes, and the same can be true for learning and development departments that feel stuck in their current training methods. The good news is that small steps along the digital learning path can lead to significant changes in your learners’ lives and in your training department’s efficacy.

Dusty binders and manuals are a thorn in the heel of many a CLO. Here’s where to start to bring your training into the digital age.
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Source: Chief Learning Officer

Tech usage in school more likely in UK than Germany | ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget

Most students in UK schools use technology as part of their learning – the same of which cannot be said about some German schools, writes Clare McDonald, Business editor at Computer Weekly.

Photo: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTargetYoung people in the UK are more likely to use technology as part of classroom learning than German students, research has found.

A study by Citrix asked students between the ages of 12 and 15 in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands about their technology usages in schools, and found only 2% of young people in the UK and the Netherlands use no technology in schools compared with 22% of those in Germany.

In the UK, more than half of students claimed to use interactive whiteboards and online portals for homework, and just under half said they used laptops and desktop computers in class – around 14% also said they had used video calling to contact other schools, classes, teachers or experts.

Students in the UK were also more confident about the skills they were learning in school, with three-quarters of UK students saying school prepares them from the world of work, as opposed to fewer than 60% of German and Dutch students.

Darren Fields, regional director of UK and Ireland at Citrix, said the UK is making progress in the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects, but that more needs to be done to keep ahead of growing skills gaps...

A number of adults in the UK do not have the digital skills needed to perform even the most basic of digital tasks, and many have said children have a better knowledge of technology than they do.
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Source: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget 

The 22 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

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

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 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 22 new courses covering everything from storytelling with data to AWS for developers to scaling your startup.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Source: LinkedIn Learning (Blog)

Mathematicians Have Developed a Computing Problem That AI Can Never Solve | Tech - ScienceAlert

Not everything is knowable. In a world where it seems like artificial intelligence and machine learning can figure out just about anything, that might seem like heresy – but it's true, argues Peter Dockrill, Senior Writer at Science Alert.

Photo: tostphoto/iStockAt least, that's the case according to a new international study by a team of mathematicians and AI researchers, who discovered that despite the seemingly boundless potential of machine learning, even the cleverest algorithms are nonetheless bound by the constraints of mathematics.

"The advantages of mathematics, however, sometimes come with a cost… in a nutshell… not everything is provable," the researchers, led by first author and computer scientist Shai Ben-David from the University of Waterloo, write in their paper.

"Here we show that machine learning shares this fate."

Awareness of these mathematical limitations is often tied to the famous Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel, who developed in the 1930s what are known as the incompleteness theorems – two propositions suggesting that not all mathematical questions can actually be solved.

Now, Ben-David's new research indicates that machine learning is limited by the same unresolvability.

In this argument, a machine's ability to actually learn – called learnability – can be constrained by mathematics that is unprovable. In other words, it's basically giving an AI an undecidable problem, something that's impossible for an algorithm to solve with a true-or-false response.

"For us, it was a surprise," senior researcher and mathematician Amir Yehudayoff, from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, explained to Nature...

According to the researchers, in this kind of case, the mathematical problem to be solved bears similarities to a machine learning framework known as probably approximately correct learning (aka PAC learning), but it's also similar to a mathematical paradox called the continuum hypothesis, another field of investigation for Gödel...

The findings are reported in Nature Machine Intelligence.
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Source: ScienceAlert

Alberta set to welcome next generation of AI experts | Associated Press

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) has launched applications for the 11th annual Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Summer School, happening July 24 - August 2, 2019 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. 


Hosted in partnership with CIFAR, the Summer School brings together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and industry professionals to explore the latest AI techniques, build research networks and open collaborative opportunities.

“We’re excited to be hosting this year’s Summer School here in Edmonton and to welcome the future experts of our industry from across the world,” says John Shillington, CEO of Amii. “It’s often a surprise for people to learn that Edmonton is a hub for AI research and home to some of the brightest minds in the field, so we’re thrilled to be able to show the world all the things this unique research community has to offer.”

Over the 10-day intensive program, participants will learn directly from world-renowned AI researchers including Amii’s own Richard Sutton and Martha White and other global leaders like Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal. Programming also includes an AI Career Fair and social events, meant to ignite conversations around the major questions across multiple sectors...

The Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Summer School takes place July 24 - August 2, 2019 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and is hosted by Amii and CIFAR, with participation and support from Canada’s other AI hubs: Toronto’s Vector Institute and Mila in Montreal.

Visit www.dlrlsummerschool.ca to apply and for more information. Follow the conversation through social media channels using the hashtag #DLRLSS2019.
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About Amii: 

One of three centres of excellence in Canada’s national AI Strategy, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) performs advanced research in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and guides businesses as they grow their AI capabilities. Amii supports world-leading research and training at the University of Alberta and acts as a catalyst for transformative growth for Alberta and Alberta-based businesses through machine intelligence. 
Learn more at www.amii.ca | Amii Fact Sheet

About CIFAR: 


CIFAR brings together outstanding researchers from across disciplines and borders to address important challenges facing the world. CIFAR supports leading edge research with the potential for global impact. In 2017, CIFAR was chosen by the Canadian government to lead the $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

Source: Associated Press

Ebook - Blended Learning: A Proven Approach To Learning Development by Obsidian Learning | Free eBook - eLearning Industry

Done correctly, blended learning integrates your new and existing learning assets, technology, and the latest from the field of neuroscience – into cohesive traditional learning to improve learning outcomes.

Download your eBook
Obsidian Learning writes in the introduction, "What is blended learning and why should you be familiar with it? If you’re a learning and development professional, you’re aware that technological changes impact the way we work and the way we design learning. Though we constantly examine the way people learn, evolution in that domain hasn’t changed in any truly groundbreaking way in recent times. We know that application is generally the best way to learn something new, and that practice and reinforcement are essential for retention and to encourage behavior change. Done correctly, blended learning integrates technology – eLearning, microlearning, mobile devices – into traditional learning to improve learning outcomes."

This eBook is Obsidian Learning’s contribution to the blended learning canon, based on our long and varied experience in learning and development. It’s intended to provide a roadmap for beginners in the field, as well as a few tricks and tips for experienced professionals.
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Source: eLearning Industry 

Your Guidebook: Machine Learning Basics | Guidebook - Dataiku

An Illustrated Guide for Non-Technical Readers, where you can discover some basic (and fun) principles of machine learning with easy-to-understand illustrations.

Get your Guidebook  We’ve decided to make this guide because we’ve noticed that there aren’t too many resources out there that answer the question, “What is machine learning?” while using a minimum of technical terms. Actually, the basic concepts of machine learning aren’t very difficult to grasp when they’re explained simply.

What you'll find in this guidebook: Some Of The Fundamental Concepts Of Machine Learning
  • A glossary of basic terms
  • Machine learning algorithms explained
  • How to evaluate your model
  • Resources for further exploration
Get your Guidebook 

Source: Dataiku

Learning empathy through art | Art - The Asian Age

Priyanka Chandani, The Asian Age says, The Amani Project which focuses on inculcating emotional intelligence and empathy in children through music will soon be coming to the city.

Children during the training under Amani ProjectWhen children are given the chance to make music, they express themselves by creating an emotional common ground with others. Inspired by the magnetic pull of music and the impact it has on people’s lives, Smile Foundation and Children in Harmony have introduced the Amani Project in India. The Amani Project aspires to inculcate emotional intelligence and teach the value of empathy to children through music.

After Amani’s successful venture in the USA, South Africa, Tanzania, and Bagamoyo, it is all set to pave its way in India. Started in October 2018 in Delhi, the project is soon to base its feet in the city. “It combines the learning theory of emotional intelligence through music therapy and music making,” says Gargi Kapoor, the National manager of Mission Education of Smile foundation.

The project focuses on holistic development of the child through music that is designed to proceed in two phases. As Gargi explains, in the initial phase the children learn to understand their moods, emotions and the value of empathy and to make empathy music...

Ask the manager, if the process has been approved by a psychologists and she assures, “The program is developed on focusing on the child’s brain and learning capabilities and the tools of learning have been implemented across the world for this process, so it is surely in favour of the children’s development,” assures Gargi. She also confirms that more than 300 students have successfully been taught empathy music and equality and they have been making their own music.
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Source: The Asian Age

Symphony music director to kick off Life Long Learning series | Arts & Entertainment - The Durango Herald

Maestro Thomas Heuser, the music director of the San Juan Symphony, will present the first Lifelong Learning lecture of the 2019 winter term at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive.

Photo: Fort Lewis College
Heuser will discuss “The Art of Conducting.” The San Juan Symphony has recently signed a contract extension with Heuser to serve as music director for the next five seasons, through 2024.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Rn2BHN.

Source: The Durango Herald

Top 6 trends in higher education | Education Plus Development - Brookings Institution

Emal Dusst, Member of the Board (Observer) - Coursera and Rebecca Winthrop, Director - Center for Universal Education, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development discuss the six trends that will help support learning and skill development in higher education. 

Photo:Brookings Institution (Blog)Around the world, tuition at universities is rising at a much faster rate than inflation and challenging students’ return on investment. Reduced government funding and higher operating costs are driving the need for change at universities. The mismatch in employer needs and employee skills is leaving over seven million jobs unfilled in the U.S.

These trends are opening the way for new approaches in higher education. Innovations in how post-secondary education are delivered, financed, and recognized are driven by a range of actors—from large public universities like Arizona State University to elite private institutions like MIT to the many relatively new education companies entering the sector like Make School, Coursera and Trilogy Education.

But to understand why these new approaches are emerging, we need to first look at what is driving them... 

What’s driving innovation in higher education 
One way students can evaluate whether to invest in higher education is through potential wage premiums—namely if what students would earn with their education is higher than what they would earn without it. An important element in understanding the return on investment of higher education is the cost of the degree.
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Source: Brookings Institution (Blog)

Here are the top 10 learning trends of 2019 | Education Today - India Today

Gen Z has a set of unique behavioural attributes which are shaping the needs of the education industry and pushing them to develop ways to deal with them. 

Here are some of the industry trends of delivering learning .In the present scenario, we are witnessing industries undergoing a disruption with a rapid convergence of technologies; which is faster than ever before! These constant changes are making competencies in workforce go obsolete leaving Lifelong Learning as the only feasible option. On the other side, Gen Z has a set of unique behavioural attributes which are shaping the needs of the education industry and pushing them to develop ways to deal with them.

Here are some of the industry trends of delivering learning by Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head of TCS iON, a Tata Consultancy Services unit focused on education, assessment boards and SMBs:
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Source: India Today

Mastering Process in Competency-Based Learning | Student Success - Education Week

Matthew Riggan, co-founder of the Workshop School in Philadelphia reports, One possible drawback to competency-based learning is an overemphasis on the end product. What is it we really want students to master?
 
Next Gen Learning in Action
One of the tenets of mastery/competency-based learning is the idea that students' progress is based on what they show that they know and can do. In the case of high schools, for example, you graduate when your work shows that you have mastered a set of content or skills that would constitute being college or career ready. Your high school trajectory is based on your progress from wherever you start to this fixed point.

This makes a whole lot more sense to me than basing progress on age or "time served," which is what most schools do. And yet the notion of a single, absolute standard never felt quite right, either. For one thing, I'm not sure that college or career ready means the exact same thing for all students. But more than that, growth and improvement mean as much to me as the actual standard attained. Do I really want to tell a student who has come into high school well behind his or her peers that they need an extra year or two to finish, even as they are growing and improving daily? Do I really believe that student will be less prepared for college or work?...

Let's consider two hypothetical "good" students. Student A turns in high-quality work that scores well on our rubrics, but their process is a black box. They tend to go it alone, don't ask for or use feedback, and avoid working with classmates. Student B turns in work that's more uneven in terms of final product, but they work hard to track work and deadlines, seek and incorporate feedback, revise and improve their work, and communicate well with classmates and teachers alike.

If we're focused on mastery of content and quality of final product, we probably think Student A is the stronger one. But if I had to place a bet on which of these two young people had better college or work prospects (or if you asked me to hire one of them), give me Student B any time.
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Source: Education Week

Minority Ph.D. students in STEM fare better with clear expectations, acceptance | Social Sciences - Phys.Org

Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are more likely to advance professionally, publish more research and secure postdoctoral and faculty positions if their institutional culture is welcoming and sets clear expectations, according to a study of hundreds of Ph.D. students at four top-tier California research universities, inform Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations Representative at UC Berkeley. 

Photo: CC0 Public Domain
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) sought to understand how gender, race and ethnicity impact graduate students' success in math, , computer sciences and engineering as measured by publication rates in .

The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that doctoral scholars in STEM fields are more likely to publish if enrolled in well-structured graduate programs that lay out clear, unbiased expectations for assessing students and supporting their careers.

"Our study strongly indicates that the onus should not fall on minority students to make changes to succeed in STEM settings," said study lead author Aaron Fisher, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. "Institutional changes that make students feel welcome and provide clear guidelines and standards for performance are optimal ways to ensure the success of all students."...

Colette Patt, assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in UC Berkeley's Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division, director of the California Alliance and a co-lead author of the study, said the results represent a trend seen at universities across the nation.

"African Americans are severely underrepresented in almost every discipline in academia, and at every level," Patt said. "What is totally new in this study is that it points to specific reasons and offers a direction for institutional action."
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Additional resources
Aaron J. Fisher et al. Structure and belonging: Pathways to success for underrepresented minority and women PhD students in STEM fields, PLOS ONE (2019).  
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209279 

Source: Phys.Org

The Beauty of Mathematics | Classroom - Kashmir Life

Ishfaq Ahmad Chopan, pursuing MSc mathematics at the Central University of Kashmir summarizes, In simple terms we observe mathematics as the study of numbers, quantities, structures, spaces and variations, which involves the use of certain patterns and some logic to test the truth or falsity of statements or some hypothesis.

Omar Khayyam
The mathematics has evolved from basic counting, measurements, to the study of dynamics and to various scientific, medical, financial and engineering orientated peaks of influence.

The world-renowned Italian scientist Galileo Galilei was of the opinion that we can’t interpret our universe until we can’t interpret the language in which it has been written down. Of course, it is the language of mathematics, the language of counting, the language of lines, triangles, circles, polygons and various mathematical structures.

The history of mathematics has seen the influence of various notable mathematicians whose work made the foundational and remarkable importance in the subject. Around 3000 BC, the Babylonians and Egyptians started use of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry for calculations, construction and astronomy. In the sixth century BC, the Greeks made a systematic study of mathematics. In the 300 BC, Euclid introduced axiomatic method even used today. His writings Elements is regarded most successful and influential textbook of all time. The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes is observed as one of the leading mathematician ever born. The ancient Greeks worked in the field of conics, trigonometry and algebra...

The independent development of modern calculus by Issac Newton and Leibniz revolutionised the mathematical world. Meanwhile, Leonhard Euler also became influential by introducing Complexes as the largest possible number system and with the help of his numerous theorems and discoveries (like a solution to historical Konigsberg bridge problem).

In fact, Carl Friedrich Gauss emerged as one of the foremost mathematicians of the nineteenth century who contributed in the fields of analysis, geometry, algebra, and number theory.

The extension of boundaries of mathematics, solutions to problems, conjectures, and the introduction of new concepts continued in twentieth and twenty-first century maintaining the leading position and importance of mathematics in regards to various disciplines of knowledge.
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Additional resources
Omar Khayyam  - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Source: Kashmir Life

Can Higher Education Be Saved? | Politics & Policy - National Review

Universities are expensive engines of propaganda and intolerance, and many non-academics are offering scholarly material free online, insist NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Photo: PixabayAmerica is schizophrenic about its major universities and, to a lesser extent, its undergraduate colleges.

On the one hand, higher education’s professional schools in medicine and business, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs in math, science, and engineering, are the world’s best. America dominates the lists of the top universities compiled in global surveys conducted from the United Kingdom to Japan.
 On the other hand, the liberal arts and social sciences have long ago mostly lost their reputations. Go online to Amazon or to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, and the books on literature, art, and history are often not the products of university professors and presses.

Few believe any more that current liberal-arts programs have prepared graduates to write persuasively and elegantly, to read critically and to think inductively while drawing on a wide body of literary, linguistic, historical, artistic, and philosophical knowledge. In fairness, that is no longer the aim of higher education. When students at tony colleges present petitions objecting to free speech or the right of guests to give lectures, they are usually full of grammatical errors and often incoherent.

Colleges, with some major exceptions (Hillsdale most preeminently), simply do not ensure the teaching of such skills any more.
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Source: National Review

Machine learning leads mathematicians to unsolvable problem | Nature.com

Simple artificial-intelligence problem puts researchers up against a logical paradox discovered by famed mathematician Kurt Gödel, argues Davide Castelvecchi, Senior physical sciences reporter at Nature.

Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel is known for his ‘incompleteness’ theorems.
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/ LIFE Picture Coll./Getty
A team of researchers has stumbled on a question that is mathematically unanswerable because it is linked to logical paradoxes discovered by Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel in the 1930s that can’t be solved using standard mathematics.

The mathematicians, who were working on a machine-learning problem, show that the question of ‘learnability’ — whether an algorithm can extract a pattern from limited data — is linked to a paradox known as the continuum hypothesis. Gödel showed that the statement cannot be proved either true or false using standard mathematical language. The latest result appeared on 7 January in Nature Machine Intelligence1.

“For us, it was a surprise,” says Amir Yehudayoff at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, who is a co-author on the paper. He says that although there are a number of technical maths questions that are known to be similarly ‘undecidable’, he did not expect this phenomenon to show up in a relatively simple problem in machine learning.

John Tucker, a computer scientist at Swansea University, UK, says that the paper is “a heavyweight result on the limits of our knowledge”, with foundational implications for both mathematics and machine learning...

Their efforts were in vain. A 1940 result by Gödel (which was completed in the 1960s by US mathematician Paul Cohen) showed that the continuum hypothesis cannot be proved either true or false starting from the standard axioms — the statements taken to be true — of the theory of sets, which are commonly taken as the foundation for all of mathematics.

Gödel and Cohen’s work on the continuum hypothesis implies that there can exist parallel mathematical universes that are both compatible with standard mathematics — one in which the continuum hypothesis is added to the standard axioms and therefore declared to be true, and another in which it is declared false.
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Source: Nature.com

Empathetic Syllabi Review Exercise | Teaching and Learning - Faculty Focus

“Do you know how much this exam is worth?” 
“I can’t find any office hours listed for one of my classes—are there any?.” 
“What if I get sick and miss a few classes—will my grade be hurt?” 
Laura Behling, professor of English at Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.) writes, My answer was the same for all three questions—“I don’t know.” 

Photo: iStockEven though these were my first-year seminar students asking these questions, they were looking at syllabi from their other courses, part of a syllabus review exercise I do each fall with first-time students.

Here’s how it works: at the end of the first week, I ask students to bring in all of their syllabi from all of their courses that term, our seminar’s syllabus included.  I then ask them to read all of the syllabi carefully, and look for specific components that are important for them to know: items such as the name and location of the faculty member teaching the course, office hours, the attendance policy, the types of graded assignments, when assignments are due, how much of the total grade each assignment is worth, and guidelines for how to effectively participate in class discussion.

Usually at this point, students have grown anxious as they notice how the aggregate number of assignments has grown—15 papers or 18 exams, often more than a thousand pages of reading during the term. For some students, it all seems insurmountable...

This syllabus review exercise has transformed my own syllabi.  I now work through a checklist to make sure all these important details for a student-centered syllabus are there.  I’ve rewritten some language in my syllabi—about class discussion or conduct, for example—to be more explicit and affirming.  Student feedback has helped me clarify language to be more easily understood by students.
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Source: Faculty Focus

The 22 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning says, 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 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 22 new courses covering everything from web design to IT security to getting a job in marketing.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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LinkedIn Learning (Blog)

Canada adopting new rules to crack down on drones | Politics - CBC News

Drone use restricted around airports, emergencie, inform Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Reporter at CBC.

New rules to govern drones across Canada will take effect June 1.
Photo: Getty imagesThe federal government has adopted strict new regulations to govern the use of drones in Canadian airspace — prohibiting them from flying near airports and emergency scenes and ensuring that those operating them aren't drunk or high on drugs.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau is set to formally announce the new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems at a news conference in Montreal on Wednesday.
A copy of the new regulations obtained by CBC News reveals that they are comprehensive. 

They require that drones be registered and that operators of larger drones be certified. The regulations also state who can operate them, where they can fly and what they can carry.

For example, the regulations spell out that drones will not be allowed to carry living things and would require a special certificate to transport things like explosives, weapons or ammunition...

Nobody can be a registered owner of a drone unless they are at least 14 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Corporations and federal, municipal or provincial governments can also own drones.

Unless they have a special certificate permitting them to do so, drone operators will have to keep their drones in their visual line of sight at all times. They won't be allowed to fly them too close to airports, heliports or in controlled airspace and they will have to give way to aircraft, airships, gliders and balloons.
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Source: CBC News

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