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12 days ago
To my book-loving colleagues and friends of EdLab (FOEs, ironically): If you're looking for some fresh fiction or a book club devoted to books (not gossip and cheese plates), my alma mater offers a course called Living Writers that is free and open to the public via EdX and goes live on September 3rd! The course is structured so that you read a book each week, then the authors of those books come and speak to th...
During last Friday’s brownbag seminar, we discussed how to teach the history of immigration in America. Some of the discussion questions were: what makes immigration to America so appealing? Should we provide historical overview of immigration to America or stick to current debates about the subject? How do we incorporate it into other subjects besides history? Do we teach to appeal to empathy and exclude the more negative side of immigration? Luckily, there were plenty of resources available to help us think about ...
22 days ago
Check out our updated events page for a peek at August Seminars from team members Bingjun and Ameya. Also upcoming on August 14th is a seminar led by our visiting data artist, Ben Shapiro. Check out Ben's previous presentation on "interactive geography" on Vialogues to get a sense of the interdisciplinary topics that will be...
I found this interesting website that showcases an open source taxonomy for the future of education.The 2019 Global Learning Landscape is an open source taxonomy for mapping innovation in learning and talent. Combining machine learning with a global community of experts, we analyzed over 50,000 organizations, 500,000 apps and considered the 3 million schools, colleges and universities around the world. Using the classical top-down / bottom-up design methodology, the 2019 Global Learning Landscape was built around 50 core clusters along a learning journey. From k...
Check out this story from Fast Company about the Open Syllabus Project. Researchers at Columbia analyzed over six million syllabi to learn what was being taught and what materials were being used. Here are some highlights:Most economics courses are conservative. The notion of "the canon" has lost traction.The same subject is taught differently in different nations
a month ago
I received an email from Dr. Ryan Baker, formerly of TC and founding president of the International Educational Data Mining Society, about a competition they are hosting later this year. The invitation reads:We are pleased to announce a worldwide competition to use data science tools to analyze educational events in a large national test. The goal of this competition is to engage leading researchers and ...
Check out the this story from insideBIGDATA about the launch of the Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR). It is a new, peer-reviewed, open access journal.The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Xiao-Li Meng but they have
2 months ago
Recently New York City's public libraries including Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library announced their plans to suspend contracts with video-streaming vendor Kanopy citing unsustainable pricing models as the main motivator in ending their agreements. In circumstances I am most familiar with, library patrons were allotted a maximum of 6 films per month, and libraries were charged $2 per view. Views, of course, are not defined by finishing a film. Once the film is started, it subtracts from the patron's allotted monthly films and the library is charged...
This morning I talked with Aaron DeVera at White Ops about the United States's foray into the Russian power grid, the fourth industrial revolution (including Internet of Things and AI automation in factory and agricultural realms), Facebook content moderation, and Alexa in the classroom - all lovely dystopian topics plaguing our society.White Ops is a cybersecurity company that fights malicious ads and botnets online. White Ops director Tamer Hassan was recently named the #1 most creative person in business this yea...
2 months ago
Check out this story from Forbes titled, "Salaries Of Data Scientists: Why Google And Salesforce Spent $20 Billion On Self-Service Data Science." The focus of the article is the high salaries that data scientists command and the growing demand for data scientists and predictive analytics professionals.