Tertiary Education in Bangladesh

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:03pm.
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The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) is a project that intends to improve learning and research in the tertiary sector of Bangladesh. The project's primary goal is to enhance the quality of tertiary education. The challenges faced by the tertiary education sector are enormous to the extent that there has been a weak connectivity of research collaboration between academic communities at home and international peers. Research as we all know is about finding interesting information to share with not just people in your surroundings but with those around the globe, which helps to create some networking relationship. In Bangladesh, funding is also another challenge faced by the tertiary education sector. 2.1% of the country's GDP is poured into education, but just 0.12% is allocated to tertiary education. This inadequate share is the reason for creating the HEQEP, to generate money for investing in research, computers, and the improvement of teaching, learning, and research.


Vialogue Gems

Submitted by Carmen James on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:56pm.
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Hi Everyone,

As I pour through the vialogues, every once in a while I find gems. While I tweet about a bunch every day, I thought I would share my top picks.

Here are my top picks for this week:

Rhino harvesting

What online checkouts would look like in real life




American’s New Drug Policy Landscape

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:14am.
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It seems the time has come for the public to call a “truce” in the war on drugs. An increasingly amount of Americans are beginning to express positive views on prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. According to a 2012 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 24 million Americans, about 9.2% of the population, reported unlawful uses of drugs. These numbers have risen by .9% in the last ten years. Additionally, the number of individuals who reported using illegal substances increased from 5.8% in 2007 to 7.3% in 2012.

I found some of the answers from respondents pretty shocking. For instance, about 69% said alcohol and 15% said marijuana were acceptable. Although many do support its legalization, 54% of Americans believe marijuana would lead to more underage usage. Others feel that it should be only legalized for medical reasons.

I don’t think marijuana should be fully legalized. However in the interest of science, I do feel that if it is used for medical or study purposes rather than for recreational activities, it should be legalized. I share the sentiments of the article regarding underage usage of marijuana should it be legalized. Underage individuals are more inclined to try out new things when it is popular. I also do not feel that individuals should be treated harshly for what they have done. The debate about marijuana and drug sentencing laws hopefully leads to a national discourse (especially in our schools) about the perceived benefits and health risks of illegal substances.


AERA Live Blog: Learning Analytics: Capturing, Analyzing, and Visualizing Experiences of Lifelong Learning

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:45pm.
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- Inferential Foundations for Learning Analytics in the Digital Ocean. John T. Behrens, Pearson

- Toward Demonstrating the Value of Learning Analytics for Education.
Ryan Baker, Teachers College, Columbia University

- Putting the Learner at the Center: Exposing Analytics to Learning Participants. Marie Bienkowski, SRI International

- Policies and Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics. Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education

Chair: Taylor Martin, Utah State University

(spotty wifi so not really live)


The Need of Infrastructure for a Sustainable Urban Future

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:37am.
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Financing the long-term substantial economic growth and the needs of cities in a rapidly urbanizing world is a challenging task. The growth of cities and its effects on pollution and poverty is causing a big concern. Long term planning should focus on improving the environment and economy of growing cities. Funding for the development of infrastructure is key, and urbanization can be one of the leading factors in reducing poverty. However, over $1 trillion a year is necessary to bridge the infrastructure gap between what is needed and what is being built today in developing countries. Zoubida Allaoua, acting vice president for sustainable development, talks about the financial challenges that hinder development.

According to Allaoua, it is important to join forces to create policies that will help develop infrastructure and also improve the economy. Infrastructure is important for the growth of any economy and provides financial stability by creating jobs that will lead to an increase in GDP. Infrastructure will also increase the flow of capital. One way to ensure development is a good credit system in developing nations. This way, banks, consumer, producers and government will all benefit.


Bullying Among Female Athletes

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:34pm.
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In sports, there are many incidents that come up in terms of bullying and its effects on athletes. This article highlights the story of a young Asian American student athlete who was bullied by teammates on her middle school basketball team. The bullying started during a practice session when some of her teammates restrained her arms during a drill. This eventually led to verbal taunts. She complained to the coaching staff who in turn told her to keep playing and that it was a way to make her tough enough to become a leader.

Her family was aware of the fact that she was being bullied by her teammates. Some of the taunts deteriorated into ethnic slurs. Inevitably, the bullying dramatically affected the way she played and her grades began to decline. After further complaints to team officials and school authorities proved futile, her parents told her to pray and keep working hard and hopefully she would get better.


#Startup Columbia

Submitted by Pranav Garg on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:54pm.
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#StartupColumbia Inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference

Friday, April 11th 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Diana Center on the campus of Barnard University


AERA Live Blog: Differentiating Four Levels of Cognitive Engagement for Learning: The ICAP Hypothesis

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 2:20pm.
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Sylvia Scribner Award Address: Michelene Chi. Division C - Learning and Instruction; Invited Session

Chairs: Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland - College Park; Richard E. Mayer, University of California - Santa Barbara

PRESENTER: Michelene T.H. Chi, Arizona State University

WHERE: Convention Center, 100 Level, 113A; 2:15-3:45pm


AERA 2014 Live Blog: Methodological Issues in Survey Research

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:38pm.
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My live blog of the session is below.


mSchool & Multimodal Interactions in Learning Management Systems

Submitted by Sharon Hsiao on Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:33pm.
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This workshop (Feedback from Multimodal Interactions in Learning Management Systems, FFMI@EDM’2014) is relevant to what we are currently doing with mSchool. Research team will pay attention to it and close follow up with the proceedings and this working group.

Located at the 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2014)

Virtually all learning management systems and tutoring systems provide feedback to learners based on their time spent within the system, the number, intensity and type of tasks worked on and past performance with these tasks and corresponding skills. Some systems even use this information to steer the learning process by interventions such as recommending specific next tasks to work on, providing hints etc. Often the analysis of learner / system interactions is limited to these high-level interactions, and does not make good use of all the information available in much richer interaction types such speech and video.

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