Tough Times for the Class of 2008

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 7:57am.
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Did you graduate college in 2008?

According to a story from Vox the Class of 2008 had the misfortune of graduating right in the midst of the Great Recession. For example, they have higher unemployment and lower incomes than other college graduates.

Class of 2008 Unemployment Rate

Class of 2008 Salary

The situation is even worse if you were a social science or humanities major:

Check out the full story here.


Fostering Innovation and Improvement in Education: the Contribution of Longitudinal Information Systems

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:34pm.
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I was invited at the last minute to participate in the following workshop:

Fostering Innovation and Improvement in Education: the Contribution of Longitudinal Information Systems

An international workshop organised by the
OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)

New York City, United States, 30 June – 1 July 2014

Specifically, I was asked to moderate a session on "next-generation systems and promising features in the R&D pipeline."

Nelson Gonzalez, Declara
Gerri Burton, New Learning Ventures
Chris Lohse, Renaissance Learning

Speakers will present "promising ideas about what next-generation systems could look like in the coming years by incorporating technological innovations in the R&D pipeline as well as new business models to overcome the traditional institutional barriers around data use."


Chinese Restaurant vs Indian Buffet

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:54am.
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Manav introduced me to this paper on the Chinese Restaurant Process (CRP) in the context of recommendation of learning resources across multiple EdLab resources:

Blei, David M., Thomas L. Griffiths, and Michael I. Jordan. "The nested chinese restaurant process and bayesian nonparametric inference of topic hierarchies." Journal of the ACM (JACM) 57.2 (2010): 7

I think it provide a nice overview of supervised learning methods and unsupervised learning methods, as well as parametric and non-parametric models.

During my "exploration" (i.e., struggle to understand CRP), I also came upon the Indian Buffet Process:

Griffiths, T. L., & Ghahramani, Z. (2011). The indian buffet process: An introduction and review. The Journal of Machine Learning Research, 12, 1185-1224.
(I did not make it past the introduction of this paper).


The Next Generation of Service

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:46pm.
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Check out Malik, Reindorf, and I engaged in on-the-job-training at the Services Desk.


"Why The Best Software Engineers Never Stop Learning"

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:03am.
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Watch the video below featuring Surabhi Gupta, a software engineer at Airbnb. She explains that she left her job at Google because she was so impressed with the Airbnb site and services. She also states that the best software engineers have a "beginner's mind" and are always seeking to learn more. This orientation seems important for everyone in an organization.

To check out more of the Tech Crunch Inside Jobs series, click here. It remind me of what we are trying to do with GroundBreakers.


EdLab Presentation at SkillShare 2014

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:51pm.
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Laura and I just presented at SkillShare 2014. SkillShare is an annual event held at the Pratt School of Information and Library Science to highlight the newest ideas in Special Libraries, and provide a chance for all Pratt SILS students to learn and network.

Here were the panels:

- Know What’s Around You: Competitive Intelligence and the Information Professional

- Digital Archive Interface Design/UX with Digital Archives

- The Librarian and the Start-Up

- Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Age

Laura and I were on the Librarian and the Start-Up panel.

Thanks for Alex Provo for setting this up.


Life in Silicon Valley

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:50pm.
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Curious about life in Silicon Valley?

Check out episode 1 of Silicon Valley on YouTube (embedding not allowed :( )

The show is not without controversy.

As an aside, Sharath reports the show is completely accurate.*

*I am kidding. I just want to see if Sharath is keeping his promise to keep up on the EdLab blog.


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)


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.

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