Delving into data, study aims to improve and personalize massive online learning

first_img Read Full Story HarvardX-affiliated researchers have received a grant to study how massive open online courses (MOOCs) might be adapted and personalized based on the demographic data and usage patterns of students.The study, called “MOOCs Personalization for Various Learning Goals,” will be led by Sergiy Nesterko, a HarvardX research fellow, and Svetlana Dotsenko ’10, founder of the online educational platform Project Lever.“We are excited about the current scale of online learning,” said Nesterko, who earned a doctorate in statistics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in applied math from the University of Toronto. “The data from this study could help us to tailor learning experiences for individual students around the world.”The $21,450 award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) will help fund research for HarvardX, a University-wide effort to support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching and research. The Gates-funded MRI is part of a wider push to both explore the potential of MOOCs and expand access to new forms of credentialing through more personalized and lower cost educational avenues.Using aggregate data from HarvardX courses offered via the edX learning platform, Nesterko and Dotsenko aim to test whether there are substantive differences in learning outcomes (such as course completion and grades) and usage (time spent engaging with the course videos, assignments, and exams) between various student populations based upon self-reported information.last_img read more

Mothers bound by grief and forgiveness

first_imgIn 2001, Janet Connors’ son, Joel James Turner, was stabbed to death in his Dorchester apartment. While three of the men charged in the killing received prison sentences, a fourth — the one who Connors believes was mainly responsible — was released on reasonable doubt.The grieving mother felt she needed to create her own justice. She quickly realized her path forward would be rooted in forgiveness, rather than retribution. Five years after the murder, Connors became the first person in Massachusetts to hold a victim-offender dialogue, a meeting between a victim and offender, after the offender is incarcerated.“When it happened, my first thought was, ‘Who are these monsters?’” Connors said at a recent Radcliffe event. “But, if I hold them in their humanity, then I can hold them accountable.”Accountability is key to Connors’ idea of restorative justice, which she encourages as a “circle keeper” for the local nonprofit Our Restorative Justice. Circle keepers lead conversations that promote healing and forgiveness.To Connors, a circle is a sacred space; it’s a practice based on an indigenous peace-keeping ritual. Every circle also utilizes a talking piece, designed to limit reactive responses and ensure active listening.Documentarian Julie Mallozzi’s “Circle Up” highlights the use of circles as a means to spread restorative justice. Last month, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study screened a short version of the film, followed by a discussion with Mallozzi and film subjects Connors and Clarissa Turner, who struggled to let go of her anger after her son was murdered in 2011.“Homicide doesn’t come with a book of instructions,” Turner said. She now speaks with victims and offenders through her nonprofit organization Legacy Lives On. Through these circles, Turner’s perspective of prisoners has changed. “The reality is that they’re human beings. As they transform, we transform. As they heal, we heal.”Restorative justice requires this shift of perspective, the mothers said. Conversations need to focus less on placing blame and more on questioning what happened and who was harmed, Connors added.The event was one in a gallery series taking place in Radcliffe’s Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery. Speakers respond to the exhibition currently on view, “Willie Cole: Beauties,” full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards. The series invites the community to react to the art and generate new ideas for discussion.For Turner and Connors, the event was another opportunity to spread their message and build community. Since the documentary first aired in 2017, they have spoken at schools, prisons, and to survivor groups.“Circles can be happy or sad — they simply build relationships,” Turner said. “Circles are beautiful. Powerful.”last_img read more

Students discuss diversity and ‘colorblindness’

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Justice Education program hosted a panel of students who discussed the importance of recognizing diversity in our everyday lives and the media as part of the Justice Friday series. The conversation was led by seniors Taylr Davis and Courtney Lamar, junior Caylin McCallick and sophomore Alex Shambery. Lamar explained there are a lot of aspects that makeup the concept of diversity. “Diversity includes all aspects [of a person] whether that’s race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, et cetera.” When asked about the validity of the term “colorblind,” Davis said that concept can be misconstrued to promote hatred.“I truly believe that if you teach people that seeing others is not about the color of your skin then yes, people can use the idea of being ‘colorblind,’” Davis said. “However, many people use it as a crutch … They use it to say, ‘Oh, I don’t see color’ but then they go off and do something racist so I feel like it doesn’t have an equal proponent.”Lamar said in order to progress as a community, the recognition of diversity is a necessity. “You have to acknowledge that someone is different than you to move forward. To get all the best perspectives, you have to acknowledge diversity and that you come from different backgrounds and have different experiences.” Shambery noted how important it is to see people as who they are, rather than labeling them by the color of their skin.“Yes, I‘m black, but just because I’m black no one should assume they know me, what I stand for or what I’ve been through just by looking at my skin tone,” She said. “I think that’s something that’s very important to think about when we talk about whether or not we believe in the idea of being colorblind.” Shambery explained how valuable having a diverse group of friends can be.“It’s amazing; it’s one of the best things in the world having best friends who are [different than] me,” she said. “I can’t imagine having only friends who are exactly like me, who come from the exact same background as me and like the exact same things that I do. That would be extremely boring and how can you grow when people are exactly like you?” McCallick said people benefit from both their personal and professional lives by engaging with diverse groups of people.“Groups that are diverse [explore] more avenues because people are coming from all these different intersections in their lives and are seeing things from different perspectives, which allows a group to solve more problems and think more creatively.”The panel also focused on the influence media has in perpetuating white culture as the norm. “I don’t watch TV often, but when I do I’m constantly appalled by the abundance of all white commercials,” Shambery said.“ I rarely see people of color. I rarely see interracial couples. I rarely see queer couples. I rarely see Muslims or Jews or disabled people. I rarely see commercials of poor black kids in America. I rarely see reports of Hispanic, of Black kids going missing.”Lamar also commented on how important it is to normalize diversity in the media“Seeing underrepresented people in the media shouldn’t be shocking … movies shouldn’t focus on stereotypical struggles of [black people], that creates a stigma about it.”Lamar said there is hope for the future and she has already seen some positive examples of diversity in modern media.“I see good influences with the Buzzfeed and Facebook videos and their incorporation of different types of people into their videos,” she said. “These videos relate to our generation, are very popular and can influence our generation into becoming more diverse and open.” The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: colorblind, Diversity, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Binghamton man sentenced to 9 years for bus station stabbing

first_imgBroome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak says there is no place for violence in Broome County. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old Saquawon D. Linton will serve nine years in prison and five years parole for the stabbing of a homeless man at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to protect our community from dangerous individuals, who engage in senseless violence,” he says. (WBNG) — A Binghamton man will face nearly a decade behind bars for a stabbing that left one homeless man injured in June 2019.center_img Linton was indicted for assault in the first degree, a class B felony, in August 2019. The office says Linton’s guilty plea says Linton intended to cause serious physical injury with the knife.last_img read more

PREMIUMCollaboration makes recycling possible

first_imgMore and more food and beverage companies in Indonesia are pursuing recycling initiatives with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from their products.Indonesia produces around 64 million tons of waste annually, according Environment and Forestry Ministry data from February last year. Of the total amount, about 15 percent is plastic waste, much of which is food and beverage packaging and plastic bags.In December last year, The Jakarta Post had the chance to see how bottled water company Danone-AQUA makes its recycled bottles in Bandung, West Java. Danone Indonesia senior sustainable packaging manager Ratih Anggraeni said the recycling process required collaboration among multiple players, ranging from scavengers and waste collection centers to recycled plastic manufacturers.Waste collectionWorkers check the quality of plastic flakes before … Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here recyclable-plastics recycle danone Aqua West-Java collection bottled-waterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Releases Report and Plans for Enhancing Petrochemicals, Plastics Manufacturing in Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 21, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation today released the report from a comprehensive study conducted by IHS Markit. The study, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, forecasts $2.7 to 3.7 billion in investments in natural gas liquid (NGL) assets as well as the opportunity to attract additional cracker plants, and petrochemical and plastics manufacturing.“Pennsylvania has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that will cultivate a manufacturing renaissance and transform our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “The foundation for building a diverse and robust petrochemical and plastics industry was initiated with the decision by Shell Chemicals to invest in Pennsylvania – and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.”According to the study, natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale reserves accounted for a quarter of all natural gas produced in the U.S. in 2015, and is expected to account for more than 40 percent by 2030. Additionally, 40 percent of the natural gas produced is rich in natural gas liquids, or NGLs, more than 70 percent of which is ethane and propane. Ethane and propane are two important and high-value NGLs used in basic petrochemical production and plastics manufacturing.Pennsylvania has a significant base of existing plastics manufacturers as potential customers which IHS noted will benefit from significant reductions in feedstock costs because of their close proximity to these resources.“The prospect that the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays can support up to four additional ethane crackers beyond Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is an exciting opportunity for the commonwealth, as is the IHS forecast that a coordinated strategy has the potential to leverage up to $3.7 billion in investment into NGL assets alone for gas processing facilities, NGL pipelines and storage facilities,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The study is a roadmap that will help us jump start our strategy to attract that investment.”Davin noted the following key priorities: proactively engaging stakeholders to bring the right decision-makers and resources to the table; attracting additional infrastructure investments and petrochemical and plastics manufacturers, as well as retaining and growing Pennsylvania’s existing industry; developing pad-ready sites throughout the state to encourage investment opportunities; streamlining the development timeline and addressing potential critical infrastructure bottlenecks; and training a workforce with the right skill sets to fill future jobs created by the industry.“The Team Pennsylvania Foundation and our board sponsored the IHS Markit study in partnership with DCED to help Pennsylvania maximize the in-state economic benefits of our natural gas resources by generating new, high-paying manufacturing jobs; attracting investment; growing the supply chain and output in the plastics sector; and generating state and local revenue,” said Ryan C. Unger, CEO of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation. “We look forward to participating in the strategic planning process as part of a cross-agency and multi-stakeholder effort to ensure that our natural resources are utilized to create jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”In addition to Pennsylvania’s abundant supply of low-cost natural gas and NGL resources, the study also cited that Pennsylvania’s other competitive advantages – including location and close proximity to customers, existing plastics manufacturing base, robust transportation infrastructure and experience with Shell – position Pennsylvania to successfully advance this economic opportunity.IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.For a copy of the IHS report and executive summary visit the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and for more information on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and the Shell project visit DCED’s website at Governor Wolf Releases Report and Plans for Enhancing Petrochemicals, Plastics Manufacturing in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Ex-Defence Industry minister Steven Ciobo sells up on the coast

first_img The property was listed on the rental market from September 2011 to mid 2018.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe property has three bedrooms and sits on the third floor of a secure riverfront complex.Among the apartment’s charms was a chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, a tiled waterfront balcony, and it came with two secure side-by-side basement car park spaces.The complex has lush gardens and resort-style facilities including an infinity pool, gym, and communal entertainment spaces. MORE: Why this Gold Coast home is going viral Mum with ‘ugliest house on the street’ reveals stunning renovation Steven Ciobo delivered his valedictory speech in the House of Representatives Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra a month before the 2019 Federal Election.Former Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo has taken a $109,000 hit to the pocket while selling up next to the Queensland electorate he represented for five terms. Steven Ciobo with wife Astra and their sons on the Gold Coast ahead of his retirement at the May 2019 election.Mr Ciobo, who was the House of Representatives member for Moncrieff – which covers the central Gold Coast including its most popular strip Surfers Paradise – sold his waterfront apartment at Hope Island for $740,000, a massive loss on what he’d paid 15 years beforehand.He bought the property off the plan in December 2005 for $849,000 in the Federal electorate of Fadden, four years into what would become an 18-year term in office, CoreLogic records show.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 He bought the Hope Island luxury apartment four years into his first term in office. He had tried to sell if for $680,000 10 months before the Federal Election.Mr Ciobo still got more $60,000 more now than he was asking for the property when he listed it for sale at $680,000 10 months before the 2019 Federal Election.In the seven years before he’d first listed it for sale, he had been using the luxury “rare riverfront corner apartment” as a rental investment, asking for weekly rent of $550 a week in September 2011 to $580 a week in mid 2018. During his time in Federal office, Mr Ciobo also held ministerial positions covering International Development and the Pacific, Trade and Investment, and Tourism, and resigned at the 2019 Federal Election. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Man Utd will trigger Pogba option strictly to sell him

first_img The Sun says the 27-year-old World Cup winner’s Old Trafford future is over. Despite suggestions that a peace deal is being made, both sides want a splitting of the ways.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Celebrity Endorsement Deals Were Worth The Most?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Why Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President? Manchester United are prepared to trigger Paul Pogba’s 12 month option – but only to sell him. Offers around £100m would see United move quickly to get a deal done for a player whose contract is up next summer. The Red Devils have the option of triggering a one-year extension but that would be only to protect the value of their record signing. Read Also:Man Utd to trigger one-year Pogba extension to keep his £100m price Real Madrid and Juventus are still interested in midfielder Pog and believe they can get the most out of his talent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Poyet still hopeful over Borini

first_img “I said the other day every time we talk about names or there are rumours other teams get involved and it doesn’t help, so we’re trying to do things as quietly as possible and get them over the line,” he said. “We’re going to do something: we have to because of the numbers. “We’re trying to do something special, but that will depend what happens in the next two days. “I don’t want any panic buys.” Gritty midfielder Lee Cattermole was fortunate to escape a red card at Loftus Road on Saturday, sniping at Leroy Fer just moments after being booked. Poyet said he remains unfazed by Cattermole’s temper, and is pleased to see some passion from his uncompromising star. “If I was worried about his character I would change things,” Poyet said. “I had a word with him at half-time and everything was all right. “If we were all very nice it would be boring for you – you couldn’t write about anyone. “He knows that sometimes when we are not doing well he’s the one that shows a little more frustration than the rest. But that’s his character. “I like to have that kind of character. I don’t like all very nice. It’s my thing – I need a little bit of nastiness. “He’s not my Luis Suarez – he’s my Dennis Wise!” Gus Poyet has insisted Fabio Borini still wants to sign for Sunderland despite no clear progress in his long-mooted loan move from Liverpool. Black Cats boss Poyet remains hopeful Borini will complete a season-long loan deal ahead of Monday night’s transfer deadline. Borini spent last term on Wearside on loan, and had been expected to complete a hassle-free return to the Stadium of Light in the new campaign. Press Association The 23-year-old’s potential move has stalled across the summer, though, with Poyet claiming he cannot reveal all the reasons. “I know how people feel but unfortunately we cannot give you all the information, all the true information on why he’s not with us,” the Uruguayan said. “I know from the outside it looks like it’s him not wanting to come to Sunderland because of whatever, but I can promise you it’s not like that. “Now I keep it open because he’s still a Liverpool player, and maybe he can still become a Sunderland player. “Yes, I still want him. I know Fabio. I am a believer that when you know the player and you know what you get, and you are convinced that is the right player with the right mentality, I’ll wait whatever is needed for a player like that. “I think (Liverpool boss) Brendan (Rodgers) was clear now that it’s up to him, but the situation is better for us, I hope. We’ll see.” Sunderland slipped up 1-0 at QPR on Saturday, leaving Poyet’s men still without a Barclays Premier League victory in the new season. Poyet remains upbeat about the prospect of a “special” transfer before the transfer window closes, but admitted trying to pull off several coups under the radar. last_img read more

DreamTeam announce partnership with StarLadder

first_imgDreamTeam, the esports and gaming recruitment and management network founded by Alexander Kokhanovskyy has announced its second big partnership in the space of a week, this time with StarLadder. For those unaware of DreamTeam, Founder and CEO Alexander Kokhanovskyy told ESI last week a little more about the company. He stated: “Our ultimate vision is to build a multi-billion-dollar ecosystem on the DreamTeam platform thorough media right sales, sponsorships, players salaries, and prize money, all of which will be paid in DreamTeam Token. Blockchain technology, specifically smart contracts will ensure the highest possible security, on-time payments, automated obligations control, and anti-fraud system enforcement. This is an ambitious vision, but I believe we are the team to make this happen. The first step is to provide an all-in-one solution for gamers who want to build, grow, manage and monetize their team”. The partnership will see StarLadder add to last week’s IEM Oakland deal as DreamTeam continues to line up partnerships that will pave the way for the management platform to grow and engage users. In a release, Kokhanovskyy said “DreamTeam’s goals are aligned with Starladder’s. We expect this partnership to kickstart the Esports and Gaming, and together we are set to appeal to the wider community of players and fans with our knowledge-sharing. StarLadder will get a priority access to all new DreamTeam features, as we welcome their advice, crowd tests and other general input that can help make our platform even greater for gamers across the board”. Stephan Shulga, Producer of StarLadder commented: “Putting together a great team is a top priority for a player who wants to be successful in Esports. I believe that through our expertise and a wide pool of gamers gathered on StarLadder coupled with DreamTeam new platform this task will be easier than ever.”Esports Insider says: Another big partnership in the space of a week from Alex & DreamTeam, showing they clearly mean business. It’s not long now until we see the first partnership in action.last_img read more