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Making Public | Save the Date: Urgent Publishing Conference in May!
Liberation comes with its downsides: while the availability of publishing technologies have helped bring different voices onto the stage, connect new communities and identify hegemonic intersections of power, they have also played a role in bringing about what is known as the ‘post-truth era’. The scale and scope of once emergent publishing practices have exploded, leaving a disenchanted public to scavenge the rubble of breaking fake news stories, information pollution and broken links. Speed and availability of publications may have increased, but the quality of the information presented and of its containers lags behind.

Publishers, writers, researchers, designers and developers need new strategies for urgent publishing. A critical set of discourses, practices and productions to intervene in the public debate with high-quality information that can be issued in a timely manner and that will reach the desired audiences. The development of such a toolbox of strategies has been the focus of diverse critical cultures that have interacted and experimented with publishing in the last two decades. Concentrated efforts directed towards furthering these practices within the context of the current information age will open up robust futures for a publishing domain that remains forever emergent – and urgent.
publishing  digitalhumanities  socialnetworking  education 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
SFT - Actualités
Journée de formation à l'Université de Nantes le vendredi 26 avril 2019 organisée par Mediterranean Editors and Translators (MET) pour les traducteurs qui ont l'anglais parmi leurs langues de travail.

Au programme des ateliers (terminologie du monde du vin et présentation de l'outil PerfectIt) et des conférences (post-édition, au revoir Franglais, Hive) en langue anglaise.

Lien vers le programme complet :

N.B.: Tarif préférentiel pour les adhérents SFT, MET n'étant pas référencé auprès de Datadock, la formation n'est pas éligible à une prise en charge par FIF-PL
translation  nantes  education 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
French universities to lure foreign students with more English courses - France 24
More French classes will also be on offer for foreign students and student visa applications will be made available online...
From March 2019, foreign graduates with a French master's degree will be able to get a residence visa to look for work or set up a business in France.

"We are constantly compared, audited, judged among 10 other possible destinations. In an age of social media, no one can rest on its reputation only," Philippe said.

French officials said current fees of around €170 ($195) a year for a bachelor's degree in France or €243 for a master's – the same as those paid by French students – were interpreted by students in countries like China as a sign of low quality.

From September 2019, non-European students will be charged €2,770 annually to study for a bachelor's degree and €3,770 a year for a master's and PhDs.
france  education  work  english  enfr 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
'Phenomenally saddening': inside the sordid world of America's for-profit colleges | Film | The Guardian
The rerouting of financial aid money from institutions to students themselves was meant to allow private universities to compete with public ones, whose low costs made enrollment swell. But this opened the door for profit-driven colleges, who took advantage of the desire to make higher education more inclusive by encouraging students to take out huge sums of financial aid money...
These companies promised students eventual employment and, since the money was coming from taxpayers, had no vested interest in whether or not the students could pay back their loans. As an expert says in Fail State, for-profits had what amounted to risk-free access to the US treasury. Predictably, default rates soared in the 1980s, with almost half of all students at these colleges defaulting on their loans. By 1992, however, lawmakers began to wise up to the predatory recruitment practices and the virtually useless degrees these colleges were offering students.

At the time, a series of congressional hearings, and the attention of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (who appears in the documentary), helped set in motion a series of provisions that would allow for oversight of the for-profit industry: the 85-15 rule, requiring that at least 15% of the companies’ revenue came from sources other than government student aid; the 50/50 rule, ensuring no more than half of college courses were offered online or by mail; and the incentive compensation rule, banning college recruiters from receiving bonuses based on how many students they lured to the program. In the following decade, though, congressional interest in policing the for-profit sector waned and many of these regulations were dismantled or otherwise softened.
education  us 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
The forensic pathologist who got PTSD: ‘Cutting up 23,000 dead bodies is not normal’ | Science | The Guardian
Shepherd’s career as one of the UK’s most distinguished forensic pathologists saw him involved in disasters from the Hungerford shootings to the Bali bombings, and in high-profile cases from Harold Shipman to Stephen Lawrence...
it wasn’t a particular incident that left him immobilised by dread, struggling with sleep and plagued by panic attacks. Instead, it was the gradual accumulation of stress from 30 years confronting violence and the grave, the steady buildup of emotional damage from putting 23,000 dead bodies under the knife...
Shepherd’s mother succumbed to the heart condition that had dogged her for years in 1962, when he was only nine. As well as doing all the shopping and cooking, Shepherd says his father unlocked stores of kindness and affection that were often untapped in men of his generation. But when a friend brought a copy of Simpson’s Forensic Medicine into school, Shepherd found himself fascinated by the gallery of stranglings, knifings, shootings and electrocutions the textbook contained. Between those tatty red covers, the worst that could happen – the terrible thing that had, in fact, already happened – was laid out, anatomised and dissected...

While he prided himself on his ability to switch between mortuary and home, from objective investigator to loving husband and father, his marriage was beginning to show signs of strain, eventually collapsing in 2007. Although his wife would ask him to “show some emotion”, he says, “I hadn’t realised that it was so tightly screwed down. I was blocking the emotion that was bad, but I was also blocking the emotion that was good.”
medicine  health  psychology  spectacle  education 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Certification Exam Overview
An ATA certification examination is a three-hour, open-book, proctored exam that offers the candidate three passages of about 225 to 275 words each (actual text for passages with English as a source language and the English equivalent for passages with English as a target language). Two of these passages must be translated.

Each examination passage is chosen in such a way as to avoid highly specialized terminology challenges requiring research. There are indeed terminology challenges, but they can be met with a good general dictionary.

In addition to the text to be translated, each examination passage includes Translation Instructions, specifying the context within which the translation is to be performed (text source and translation purpose, audience, and medium) and providing specific instructions such as “text is intended for educated non-specialists” or “translate xxx as XXX.” Translation Instructions can be thought of as reflecting the client's expectations, were the examination a real-life translation assignment...

The ATA standard for a passing examination is a level of obvious competence with some room for growth. Candidates can obtain an idea of what this means in practical terms by consulting the ILR Skill Level Descriptions for Translation Performance. A passing grade in the ATA examination is roughly equivalent to a minimum of Level 3 as described in the ILR document.
translation  education 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
A successful translation is one that conveys the explicit and implicit meaning of the source language into the target language as fully and accurately as possible. From the standpoint of the user, the translation must also meet the prescribed specifications and deadlines.

Competence in two languages is necessary but not sufficient for any translation task. Though the translator must be able to (1) read and comprehend the source language and (2) write comprehensibly in the target language, the translator must also be able to (3) choose the equivalent expression in the target language that both fully conveys and best matches the meaning intended in the source language (referred to as congruity judgment).

A weakness in any of these three abilities will influence performance adversely and have a negative impact on the utility of the product. Therefore, all three abilities must be considered when assessing translation skills.
translation  education 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Do lesbians have better sex than straight women? | Life and style | The Guardian
When men ejaculate, most need to take a breather for their erection to make a comeback (this is known as the “refractory period”). On the other hand, women can orgasm in waves. The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings – double that of the penis glans – and its sole purpose appears to be providing pleasure. Women’s orgasms last for an average of 20 seconds, while men’s last eight. The most orgasms recorded in an hour for a woman is 134 (16 for a man). This makes it especially sad that so many heterosexual women are reporting understimulating sex lives.

So, for those women who are not coming endlessly – how can they improve their sex lives, whoever they may be with? As well as Ross’s advice to masturbate a lot, the Kinsey Institute recommends more oral sex, better relationships, “sexy talk”, asking for what you want in bed and trying new positions, among other things.
sex  education  psychology  health 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
French school students to be banned from using mobile phones | World news | The Guardian
French school students will be banned from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds from September, after the lower house of parliament passed what it called a “detox” law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens.
france  law  telephony  education  censorship 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Le système vélo | Forum Vies Mobiles - Préparer la transition mobilitaire
Le système vélo est l’ensemble des aménagements, des matériels, des services, des règlements, des informations et des formations permettant d’assurer sur un territoire une pratique du vélo efficace, confortable et sûre.
cycling  urban  design  education 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Cytech Cycle Courses delivered by ATG Training
At ATG Training we have highly acclaimed training centres in London, Aylesbury and Stafford (Junction 14, M6) set up specifically to provide facilities and equipment to serve the Cycle Industry.

Over the years the Cytech course programme we created with the ACT has been developed and enhanced in line with the industry requirements. This is a particular point of difference that ATG Training specialises in, given our long history of being an employer and demand led training provider.

Our Cytech technical trainers and assessors are all cycling enthusiasts with years of experience, delivering training that meets the industry’s highest standards.
cycling  tech  education  uk 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Le fermier pulvérise son champ pendant la récré: 40 écoliers... - Toute l'actu 24h/24 sur
Lundi, à l’heure de la récréation, un agriculteur était occupé à pulvériser son champ qui jouxte l’école Jean Baptiste Hermand. Quelques instants plus tard, des élèves se sont plaints d’étourdissements, de nausée et de mal de ventre.

Les secours ont été prévenus. Plusieurs ambulances et un SMUR, ainsi que les pompiers et plusieurs équipes de la Police Hermeton et Heure se sont rendus sur les lieux.

Par mesure de précaution, la douzaine d’enfants qui se plaignaient de douleurs ont été emmenés vers l’hôpital de Dinant, tandis que la trentaine d’autres étaient dirigés en bus vers l’hôpital Notre Dame de Charleroi pour y passer un examen de contrôle.
agriculture  français  education 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
LSE BREXIT – What I teach about Brexit to my (so far distinctly Eurosceptical) students
One student saw it as a useful distraction technique by universities from the contentious issues of over-inflated Vice-Chancellor’s pay. I think I have found a spin doctor.

I was most interested, however, in the following reaction. Several students argued that, if the letter was intending to ‘police’ thought on Brexit, the letter displayed a gross ignorance about the goals of higher education. A sizeable number voiced expressed dismay that they were being treated like brainless sops, soaking up propaganda uncritically, too stupid or lazy to challenge the ‘dons’. Glover’s Daily Mail piece seems to cleave to that stereotype when he writes that, all too easily, ‘young student minds could be influenced’ by Remain propaganda.

Three things have struck me during this rather unsavoury episode. The first is that the picture of my role as ‘don’ painted by some commentators does zero justice to how I conceive my day to day classroom activities.
Brexit  education  teaching 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
» Speculation: Learning, Teaching and Knowledge Making
The core of Lave and Wenger’s argument is that to understand learning we have to see the learner as a whole person in a web of relationships. They propose that a particularly fruitful lens for analysing these relationships is to see learning as “legitimate peripheral participation” in a “community of practice”. That is, that productive learning occurs when a learner is licensed to be a participant in a community, and through that participation they become more fully engaged in its practices. They use case studies from models of apprenticeship as their material...
Ravetz’s (1971) Scientific Knowledge and its Social Problems. Ravetz is arguing that the most reliable scientific facts are ones that have been transferred and abstracted across multiple communities. In particular he discusses the process by which scientific claims that arise in specific communities are transmuted into the ahistorical stories that are used in standardised school curricula. The key point I took away was that teaching was a remarkably productive site to test candidate “facts” for their comprehensibility and salience to new community members. That is, the production of knowledge occurs at the boundaries of communities and is highly productive when it engages legitimate peripheral participants.
teaching  education  knowledge  sociology  science 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Riding as a family - CycleFox
When you are both comfortable with this then choose some local roads where you can do a circuit. Plan a short route with left turns at first as these are easier. Start with short journeys. If there is a problem just ask your child to pull over to the pavement and have a chat. Build up to longer journeys with some right turns from T- junctions and slowly add in, mini roundabouts, and right turns from a main road to a side road. If you are not confident about any of these manoeuvres then I suggest you book yourself a 1-1 session with your local Cyclefox trainer.
cycling  education 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
Your Boy and Radio (1924)
The radio mind is always keen and sharp, and whether this thinking is applied to the radio or the banking business makes little difference. It is a valuable acquisition that will probably grow more valuable as the years go on. Radio to the young man today is a valuable college education. It not only trains the mind to useful and careful thinking, but it trains the young man manually as well. In building a number of radio sets he becomes well versed in the handling of tools and the handling of a surprisingly large amount of materials. He comes into close contact not only with a vast number of various metals which he must not only know thoroughly, but also various kinds of woods, hard rubber, bakelite, cottons, silks, and many other products. He soon learns to appreciate values in a business sense because he is quickly trained where to buy his materials and how to buy them at the lowest price. This is an education in itself.
Radio to the youth is the best possible foundation of the future self made man.
radio  education 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Progresser en orthographe, c’est devenir meilleur dans toutes les matières
« Faut-il encourager les étudiants à améliorer leur orthographe ? ». « Le résultat est clair : l’amélioration de la maîtrise de la langue peut produire des effets sensibles sur les résultats et peut être un vecteur de lutte contre l’échec », explique-t-il.

Un échantillon de quelque 849 étudiants a participé à cette « expérience contrôlée », en étant d’abord informés en début d’année universitaire de la possibilité d’utiliser la plate-forme en ligne du Projet Voltaire pour améliorer leurs compétences orthographiques, et en les incitant à le faire. Ensuite, les étudiants ont été divisés en deux groupes tirés au sort : seulement la moitié d’entre eux a été fortement encouragée à utiliser le logiciel de perfectionnement en orthographe, grammaire et syntaxe, par des rappels réguliers de leurs enseignants sur l’importance d’une bonne maîtrise de la langue et en mettant en exergue que les notes obtenues sur la plate-forme seraient prises en compte pour l’évaluation finale.

Lire aussi : Trop d’étudiants fâchés avec l’o
français  education  orthographe  language  research 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Helping children develop resilience, manage stress and strong emotions using the ‘90 Second Rule’ | A Lust For Life
it only takes 90 seconds for the stress chemicals produced by this response to be flushed out of our systems at a biological level. This is such an empowering fact, as it means that if we allow the strong emotion to surge through us for those ninety seconds without interference, it can pass and we can then respond on a calmer level, from a position of more self-control. On a neurobiological level, these 90 seconds give us time to access the pre-frontal cortex, and choose a more adaptive response.

This is easier said than done, as once the emotion takes hold on a physiological level, it is our interferences on the thought level which can perpetuate it. This is where a spiral of automatic negative thoughts can often kick in, and our self-talk becomes destructive and damaging. Our minds can go into overdrive at this point, remembering similar incidents from the past or imagining future implications. The amygdala doesn’t get a chance to become inhibited, and so our higher order brain remains out of reach. If left unchecked, this pattern of response can become habitual, with subsequent damage to so many life domains, including relationships, self-esteem and overall well-being.

To help children to use and remember the 90 second rule, I have devised a strategy for dealing with stress and strong emotions called N.A.B.B. Each of the letters stands for an action which the child carries out; in doing so it allows 90 seconds to pass without negative thought interference.

The strategy works as follows:

N: Name the strong emotion. Research has shown that the act of naming an emotion engages the prefrontal cortex, thus allowing higher order thinking processes to become engaged.

A: Accept the strong emotion. The emotion has occurred, so there is no point trying to suppress or question it at this point- these actions can engage automatic negative patterns of thought.

B: Breathe! By bringing awareness to the breath, the waves of emotion can be surfed and allowed to pass. Keeping attention on the breath also helps to keep negative thought processes at bay.

B: Body: Connect to your body as you breathe. Try to feel your breath going right down to your feet!
emotion  psychology  education  children 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why I’m not using Twitter next month | Open Educational Thinkering
So I’m experimenting with Mastodon. It’s not radically different from Twitter in terms of look and feel, but it’s what’s under the hood that’s important. The above image from Aral Balkan outlines his approach to ‘ethical design’ — an approach ensures things look good, but also respects us as human beings.

Decentralised systems based on open standards are really our only hope against Venture Capital-backed ‘software with shareholders’. After all, any promising new startups that aren’t decentralised tend to get gobbled-up by the supermassive incumbents (see WhatsApp, Instagram). But to get to scale — which is important in this case, not for shareholder value, but for viability and network effects — people have to use these new platforms.
twitter  mastodon  socialmedia  education 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Hands-Off Learning? The Evidence Against Minimally Guided Instruction – ELT Research Bites
Empirical studies spanning decades show that minimally guided instruction (when the learners are novices) requires a large cognitive load and, therefore, is not supported by the research on how we learn effectively and efficiently. Solving a problem, specifically “problem-based searching” places a large burden on our working memory, especially by splitting learners’ attention, and therefore takes up valuable resources that are needed for actually learning. It’s possible to search and work on a problem for quite some time without learning a thing. It seems that only those who have extensive experience, schema, and prior knowledge benefit from this type of activity.
learning  memory  psychology  education  jbcomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Foreign language vocabulary: Effective practices for learning and teaching | CriticElt
One of the most influential models of bilingual memory within a FL learning context is the Revised Hierarchical Model proposed by Kroll and colleagues (Kroll & deGroot, 1997; Kroll & Stewart, 1994; Kroll & Sunderman, 2003; Kroll & Van Hell, 2010). This model attempts to capture the findings from many empirical studies to explain how the relationship of the L1 lexicon and FL lexicon change in relation to one another, and to the conceptual system, as FL proficiency develops. As shown in Figure 4.3, this model of the development of the mental lexicon incorporates a level of lexical information that is connected to, but separable from, conceptual knowledge, which is argued to be universal in its basic architecture.
language  learning  education 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Automation eating your industry? These are the skills that will always be valued in the workplace.
Finland recently shifted its national curriculum to a new model called the “phenomenon-based” approach. By 2020, the country will replace traditional classroom subjects with a topical approach highlighting the four Cs — communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. These four skills “are central to working in teams, and a reflection of the ‘hyperconnected’ world we live in today,”
education  finland 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
"There is no such thing as free speech": an interview with Stanley Fish <P>
Q : Professor Fish, what do you mean when you say that there is no such thing as free speech?

A : Many discussions of free speech, especially by those whom I would call free speech ideologues, begin by assuming as normative the situation in which speech is offered for its own sake, just for the sake of expression. The idea is that free expression, the ability to open up your mouth and deliver an opinion in a seminar-like atmosphere, is the typical situation and any constraint on free expression is therefore a deviation from that typical or normative situation. I begin by saying that this is empirically false, that the prototypical academic situation in which you utter sentences only to solicit sentences in return with no thought of actions being taken, is in fact anomalous. It is something that occurs only in the academy and for a very small number of people.

Therefore, a theory of free speech which takes such weightless situations as being the centre of the subject seems to me to go wrong from the first. I begin from the opposite direction. I believe the situation of constraint is the normative one and that the distinctions which are to be made are between differing situations of constraint; rather than a distinction between constraint on the one hand and a condition of no constraint on the other. Another way to put this is to say that, except in a seminar-like situation, when one speaks to another person, it is usually for an instrumental purpose: you are trying to get someone to do something, you are trying to urge an idea and, down the road, a course of action. These are the reasons for which speech exists and it is in that sense that I say that there is no such thing as "free speech", that is, speech that has as its rationale nothing more than its own production...

There is no-one in the history of the world who has ever been in favour of free speech...

There is one part, however, of Milton's Areopagitica that is rarely noticed in such discussions and when noticed is noticed with some embarrassment. About three quarters of the way through the tract Milton says, "Now you understand of course", and the tone in his prose suggests that he assumes that most of his readers have always understood this, "that when I speak of toleration and free expression I don't mean Catholics. Them we extirpate".
freedom  philosophy  humanrights  education 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Chancellor’s message on campus appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos | Berkeley News
Since the announcement of Mr. Yiannopoulos’s visit, we have received many requests that we ban him from campus and cancel the event. Although we have responded to these requests directly, we would like to explain to the entire campus community why the event will be held as planned. First, from a legal perspective, the U.S. Constitution prohibits UC Berkeley, as a public institution, from banning expression based on its content or viewpoints, even when those viewpoints are hateful or discriminatory. Longstanding campus policy permits registered student organizations to invite speakers to campus and to make free use of meeting space in the Student Union for that purpose. As mentioned, the BCR is the host of this event, and therefore it is only they who have the authority to disinvite Mr. Yiannopoulos. Consistent with the dictates of the First Amendment as uniformly and decisively interpreted by the courts, the university cannot censor or prohibit events, or charge differential fees. Some have asked us whether attacks on individuals are also protected. In fact, critical statements and even the demeaning ridicule of individuals are largely protected by the Constitution; in this case, Yiannopoulos’s past words and deeds do not justify prior restraint on his freedom of expression or the cancellation of the event.

Berkeley is the home of the Free Speech Movement, and the commitment to free expression is embedded in our Principles of Community as the commitment “to ensur(e) freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities.” As a campus administration, we have honored this principle by defending the right of community members who abide by our campus rules to express a wide range of often-conflicting points of view. We have gone so far as to defend in court the constitutional rights of students of all political persuasions to engage in unpopular expression on campus. Moreover, we are defending the right to free expression at an historic moment for our nation, when this right is once again of paramount importance. In this context, we cannot afford to undermine those rights, and feel a need to make a spirited defense of the principle of tolerance, even when it means we tolerate that which may appear to us as intolerant.
politics  us  education  universityeducation  free  freedom  humanrights 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
All new police officers in England and Wales to have degrees - BBC News
All new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level from next year, the College of Policing has announced.

It said the training would help police address changes in crime-fighting.

Prospective officers can either complete a three-year "degree apprenticeship", a postgraduate conversion course or a degree.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said the changes would "help modernise the service".

Recruitment requirements currently vary from force to force, with some insisting that applicants have A-levels or a certificate in policing and others demanding experience in a policing role.

The College of Policing, which is responsible for setting standards of ethics and training for the police service, said about a third (38%) of those currently going into policing have a degree or post-graduate qualification.
police  uk  education 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The essence of education - The Hindu
In a crucial paragraph the judges clearly state: “In the context of teaching and use of copyrighted material, the fairness in the use can be determined on the touchstone of ‘extent justified by the purpose’. In other words, the utilization of the copyrighted work would be a fair use to the extent justified for purpose of education. It would have no concern with the extent of the material used, both qualitative or quantitative. The reason being, ‘to utilize’ means to make or render useful. To put it differently, so much of the copyrighted work can be fairly used which is necessary to effectuate the purpose of the use i.e. make the learner understand what is intended to be understood.”

The significance of this interpretation is that it explicitly rejects the adoption of American standards (the four factor test) into Indian copyright law and grounds the principle of fairness within a philosophy of education, rejecting any claim that there should be either a quantitative or a qualitative restriction imposed. The significance of not laying down any restriction will be best appreciated by anyone who has encountered higher education in any Western university where teachers and students face severe constraints because of quantitative restrictions which can have debilitating effects. Consider, for instance, a rule which says that not more than 10 per cent of a work can be reproduced for education. While the publishers have primarily advanced a single example in the entire case (namely the reproduction of chapters or books in course packs), if such a quantitative restriction were applied in the case of a poem, or a photograph it would have ridiculous consequences.
copyright  education  law  fairuse 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off -
So what does it take to raise a creative child? One study compared the families of children who were rated among the most creative 5 percent in their school system with those who were not unusually creative. The parents of ordinary children had an average of six rules, like specific schedules for homework and bedtime. Parents of highly creative children had an average of fewer than one rule.

Creativity may be hard to nurture, but it’s easy to thwart. By limiting rules, parents encouraged their children to think for themselves. They tended to “place emphasis on moral values, rather than on specific rules,” the Harvard psychologist Teresa Amabile reports.

Even then, though, parents didn’t shove their values down their children’s throats. When psychologists compared America’s most creative architects with a group of highly skilled but unoriginal peers, there was something unique about the parents of the creative architects: “Emphasis was placed on the development of one’s own ethical code.”

Yes, parents encouraged their children to pursue excellence and success — but they also encouraged them to find “joy in work.” Their children had freedom to sort out their own values and discover their own interests.
education  creativity  children 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Parkinson’s Law | Academic Irregularities
You feel for the students as they must now wonder what contempt was suppressed behind the Chancellor’s cap doffing at their degree ceremonies, because in the Daily Mail on 25th November 2016, under the perennial slur ‘Mickey Mouse media degrees are a waste of time’, Parkinson is quoted in an interview ‘They have them at Nottingham Trent [and] it seems to me that a lot of young people do it as they see it as a way of getting onto shows like I’m A Celebrity. They want to be famous. They are convinced by things like I’m A Celebrity and that is their idea of fame – that instant fame that makes you a hero on the internet”...
There is another type of media studies degree, though, that vice-chancellors are not so ready to defend, and have been rather fond of closing down. These are degrees which might once have formed a strand in an English degree, but in the 1980s fielded independent degrees housed in departments of cultural studies. These became a home for literary scholars, historians, modern linguists, sociologists, philosophers, ethnographers, social psychologists, and social geographers. To start with it was a peculiarly British development, but quickly attracted a large number of influential scholars from across the globe...
There has been enormously significant cultural ‘turn’ in the world of humanities scholarship. The discipline offers students a methodology of decoding texts, including visual texts, and the signs, beliefs, myths, narratives, structures and institutions which coalesce into ‘culture’. It has spawned postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, postmodernism, gender and queer theory – all no doubt disapproved of by the Daily Mail, but nevertheless productive paradigms of enquiry.
media  education  theory 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Vélo-école adulte
Animée par un-e à trois formateurs-trices, chaque formation se déroule en groupe (6 personnes max.) pour permettre l'émulation et la convivialité. La formation complète pour les vrai(e)s et les faux/fausses débutant(e)s comprend 20 cours de 2h chacun. Les cours se déroulent en semaine, en journée ou en soirée (au plus tard 17h-19h), sur un rythme de un à deux cours par semaine en général.
Les cours ont d'abord lieu dans un espace protégé, sans circulation, puis, en fonction de la progression des bénéficiaires, dans la rue pour prendre confiance dans la circulation.
Les vélos sont fournis par l'association, mais il est recommandé de se munir rapidement de son propre vélo pour pouvoir continuer à pratiquer durant l'été, période sans cours. L'association fournit les bonnes adresses et tous les conseils pour ne pas se tromper dans l'achat de son vélo. Seule une pratique régulière en-dehors des cours fera de vous un(e) vrai(e) cycliste urbain(e) !
cycling  education  nantes 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Bike and Bicycle Mechanic School Course | Downland Cycles
Downland cycles provide specialist training courses in bike maintenance and frame building. All level of students are catered for from absolute beginner to those hoping to build a career in the cycle industry. The training centre is located in the Kent countryside in well equipped workshops.
cycling  education 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
HT/Ceannard at James Gillespie's High School: Fidelis et Fortis
it seems that Thomas J Burnett simply opened up some gazetteer of Scots surnames and found both that Gillespie was associated with the crest of a unicorn’s head and the motto, ‘Fidelis et in bello fortis’ – which means, ‘Faithful and in war brave.’

Here we teeter into a debate both about Latin and the social attitudes of Mr Burnett’s day – and our own.In the context of war, ‘brave’ is the obvious translation of ‘fortis’ in the fuller Gillespie motto.But Mr Burnett deliberately deleted the words ‘in bello,’ as an early historian of Gillespie’s primly observes, ‘as they were not suitable for a school motto.’

In the same spirit, he was almost certainly averse to the translation ‘brave’ – as for physical courage on the field of battle – in the context of an all-female academy. (To complicate things still further, the word chiefly used by the ancient Romans for bravery is ‘virtutis’ – which also means ‘manly,’ so defining was thought the quality of courage for the dudes of the day.) So it was ‘faithful and strong’ – with connotations less of Joan of Arc and battling Amazons than the lip-wobbling, throttled-vowel, leaning-on-the-tweedy-manly-shoulder feminine coping of Mrs Miniver and Brief Encounter.
translation  latin  education  edinburgh 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
ATLAS – Association pour la promotion de la traduction littéraire | ATLAS (Association pour la promotion de la traduction littéraire)
a pour objet de promouvoir la traduction littéraire. En quoi cela est-il important ? Contrairement à ce que l’on entend souvent, un traducteur littéraire ne traduit pas une langue, mais une œuvre : non pas le grec ancien, mais l’Iliade, non pas l’anglais du XVIIe siècle, mais Hamlet. Aussi, loin de n’être qu’un rouage anonyme et interchangeable, le traducteur, par la lecture qu’il fait d’un texte et par les choix qui sont les siens, joue un rôle essentiel dans la diffusion des œuvres et des idées. À ce titre, il porte sur ses épaules, tel Atlas, la voûte où sont accrochées les étoiles – penseurs, poètes, romanciers, essayistes – qui éclairent depuis des siècles notre vivre-ensemble et façonnent nos sociétés. C’est une responsabilité. C’est également un honneur dont chaque traducteur tente de se montrer digne, avec pour seules armes l’humilité et la passion.

Dès lors, on comprend mieux en quoi l’engagement d’ATLAS est indispensable au partage de cette richesse qui fait de nous des êtres humains : la culture. Toutes les cultures.

Par le biais des différents événements et programmes de formation qu’elle met en œuvre – Assises de la traduction littéraire, Printemps de la traduction,Fabrique des traducteurs et ateliers d’initiation –, mais surtout grâce à l’implication de ses membres, ATLAS s’emploie depuis plus de trente ans à faire de cette idée une réalité palpable.

Collège des traducteurs

citl_15X15_03ATLAS gère le Collège International des Traducteurs littéraires (CITL) situé dans l’Espace Van Gogh à Arles.
translation  education  literature 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia: Final-Year Me... : Academic Medicine
Between November 2013 and November 2015, the authors offered fourth-year medical students a credit-bearing course to edit Wikipedia. The course was designed, delivered, and evaluated by faculty, medical librarians, and personnel from WikiProject Medicine, Wikipedia Education Foundation, and Translators Without Borders. The authors assessed the effect of the students' edits on Wikipedia's content, the effect of the course on student participants, and readership of students' chosen articles.

Outcomes: Forty-three enrolled students made 1,528 edits (average 36/student), contributing 493,994 content bytes (average 11,488/student). They added higher-quality and removed lower-quality sources for a net addition of 274 references (average 6/student). As of July 2016, none of the contributions of the first 28 students (2013, 2014) have been reversed or vandalized. Students discovered a tension between comprehensiveness and readability/translatability, yet readability of most articles increased. Students felt they improved their articles, enjoyed giving back "specifically to Wikipedia," and broadened their sense of physician responsibilities in the socially networked information era.
wikipedia  medicine  education 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
You changed me: how my English teacher taught impeccable writing | Life and style | The Guardian
Mr B insisted we stand at attention when he entered, and then at ease, before we sat. He wore tight white shirts, often sleeveless, and narrow ties, like a 1960s junior executive at the Rand Corporation. He frequently barked. He insisted we all sit still or stand still when we were not engaged in productive effort.

My education in middle school was not significantly different from the education pioneer schoolchildren received 100 years earlier in one-room log cabin schools, both in its moral underpinning and in its content. We learned the components of sentences: subjects, verbs, objects, which always went in that order. Sentences could contain subjective clauses, objective clauses and adjectival clauses. By using or refraining from using these elements, we wrote simple sentences or compound sentences or compound-complex sentences. Simple sentences were always best. In grade seven, we worked only on individual sentences, in grade eight on single paragraphs, and then finally in grade nine on arguments.
english  learning  education 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Digital Photography
An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photograph
photography  education 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
CQP EMV ( Educateur Mobilité à Vélo ) : pour l'apprentissage du vélo et de la mobilité ( CQP en cours de création ) + d'infos ici
cycling  education 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Official ScratchJr Book | No Starch Press
ScratchJr is a free, introductory computer programming language that runs on iPads and Android tablets. Inspired by Scratch, the wildly popular programming language used by millions of children worldwide, ScratchJr helps even younger kids create their own playful animations, interactive stories, and dynamic games.
programming  education  android 
june 2016 by juliusbeezer
PrimTux | La nouvelle distribution éducative basée sur Debian.
PrimTux est développée par une petite équipe de professeurs des écoles et de passionnés de l’informatique dans le milieu éducatif.

Par sa légèreté, elle n’a pas vocation à remplacer ou à devenir le système d’exploitation principal d’un ordinateur récent, mais à REVALORISER un matériel obsolescent en l’orientant vers le milieu scolaire ou éducatif, dans l’esprit d’ASRI-EDUCATION.
linux  education 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers
Learning to write

There is a third factor holding academics back from writing for broader lay audiences: even if they’d like to, they may not know where to start and how to do it.

Writing an article for an academic journal is a very different process to penning one for those outside the academy. Naomi Wolf and Sacha Kopp, in an article examining the issue, wrote:

Academic writing has the benefit of scholarly rigour, full documentation and original thinking. But the transmission of our ideas is routinely hampered … by a great deal of peer-oriented jargon.

Universities have a role to play here by offering workshops and courses to their academics and students. This can help develop creative non-fiction writing skills.
writing  scholarly  education  coaching 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Undergraduate Essay | Stanford Humanities
Because IHUM is a required course, we meet students who would not normally wander into a literature course, and who are often destined for majors in engineering, human biology, or computer science. Typically, the students who have the most difficulty with their essays were educated in Asian countries (mostly Singapore, China, and Korea). They tend to be among the brightest students in the class; but they find our writing exercises baffling. We are supposed to come up with an original thesis, they ask? How are we meant to do that? Never before had they been asked to think about a text for themselves.

In high school they had only been required to show they had absorbed what their instructors had said in class. Devising an original argument seems almost heretical to them. It is a largely foreign concept in their school cultures. American culture and economy, on the other hand, place an almost unrivaled premium on originality. Rarely do we consider, however, how originality gets taught. To be sure, universities such as Stanford offer classes in, say, mechanical engineering, in which students are called upon to invent new designs and products. But these courses tend to be reserved for upper-level students. The purpose of most basic math or science classes is not to encourage original thinking.
education  writing  humanities  research  china 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
«Il n’y a plus de liberté d’expression» : professeur de français suspendu à cause de son blog — RT en français
la direction a, selon Salah Lamrani, instrumentalisée son activité de bloggeur qui tourne autour du Moyen-Orient. Durant son temps libre il traduit en effet des discours de différents hommes politiques, tels qu’un général du Hezbollah, Bachar el-Assad ou encore Vladimir Poutine, des personnalités qui se trouvent «en première ligne dans la lutte contre Daesh». Son expérience avec la Mission laïque française en Egypte, contre laquelle il est actuellement en procès, n’a pas non plus plu ni à la direction, ni à certains parents.

«Ainsi, tout ce que je publie sur Internet a été instrumentalisé contre moi, on a vou
france  politics  humanrights  education 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Emploi : les étudiants préfèrent une bonne ambiance à une bonne rémunération - Le Figaro Étudiant
Une étude Ipsos menée auprès de 134 grandes écoles françaises dévoilent que les étudiants privilégient le contenu et l’ambiance de leur futur emploi aux conditions matérielles.

Dans leur travail, les jeunes veulent s’engager socialement et ne considèrent pas que la rémunération est une priorité dans leur choix de carrière. C’est le constat d’une étude de l’institut Ipsos et du cabinet de conseil Boston Consulting Group (BCG) publiée ce lundi 25 janvier 2016, en partenariat avec la Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE) auprès de 134 écoles, soit 2 111 étudiants et 1 193 alumni (anciens élèves).

Près de 80% des étudiants des grandes écoles ont une idée du métier qu’il veulent exercer une fois diplômés. Mais ils privilégient le contenu de leur futur job et l’ambiance sur leur lieu de travail aux conditions matérielles qui leur seront proposées. Près de 9 étudiants sur 10 pensent qu’avoir un poste «stimulant» est primordial ou très important dans le choix de leur futur métier, quand 84% d’entre eux mettent en avant l’ambiance et le bien-être au travail.
work  france  education  coaching 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Ph.D. criterion: to 'merit publication' | Dr. Martin Paul Eve | Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing
Yesterday, I attended my university’s official training course for Ph.D. examiners. It was an extremely useful day to familiarize myself with the regulations at the University of London and to hear about incoming procedures for independent viva chairs.

However, one thing did leap out at me that I’d forgotten but that, in light of much thinking about scholarly communications, struck me as interesting. One of the criteria for the award of a Ph.D. is that the work should “merit publication”.

I duly raised my hand and, in a gesture that others might have thought facetious, asked “where?”

This was not just me being a contrarian. The criteria for different journals in different fields can vary wildly. Should it merit publication in an ultra-selective journal, perhaps like Nature, Cell, or Science? (In my discipline, perhaps PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice etc.) Or should it merit publication in PLOS One where the criterion is “technical soundness”? What about the swathes of low-quality journals who will publish work without a pre- or post- publication review process?
sciencepublishing  education  scholarly 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Rock Gods, Teachers and Learner Autonomy
The impact that a teacherly teacher can have has been overstated. It is overstated not only in relation to the effect of the impersonal structures of the school system, but also in relation to the deleterious effects of forces cynically organised and deployed outside school. Bowie is exemplary.

He described himself as a “rock god”. Pop is not just entertainment; nor is it simply naked commercial exploitation; it is theology. Pop erects divinities. The worst of the teacherly teachers never managed to have his students erect an altar in his name...

Teachers are demonised as the commanders of children. “Sit down! Stand up! Speak! Be silent!” But by the time the children begin thinking about who the real commanders are and who deserves authority and who doesn’t, the teacher has already been dismissed. Just as teachers win no space on the bedroom wall, they command no belief whatsoever; they are merely tolerated. An education in the tolerance of an unquestionable power is a terrible thing, but it’s effect on the spontaneous self-reliance of the student is as nothing in comparison to the unquestioned power of the pop space commanders persuading young people that their proper role in life is that of a cadet in a pop army – an army fighting, not the evil in the world, but merely the perceived dreariness of everyday life.
education  music  authoritarianism 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Children who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ - Telegraph
Children who spend large amounts of time with their fathers have higher IQs, according to a new study.
education  parents 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Bicycling Street Smarts - Authorship, Ordering, Acknowledgements
This compact tutorial, available as a 46-page booklet and this online version, will increase your safety and confidence while bicycling on any road, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You'll have more fun and feel better about riding, be it for pleasure, fitness or transportation. See below for information about obtaining copies of the printed version.

This manual teaches safe bicycling techniques on public roads and streets, but it's up to you to apply them appropriately. Users of this manual assume full responsibly for their own actions and safety.
cycling  teaching  education 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
UK student numbers surge in Netherlands - BBC News
Across the Netherlands, there are 2,600 UK students in universities this term - up by a third in a year. And independent school head teachers want Dutch universities to be included in the Ucas application form.

The University of Groningen is a microcosm of this - up by 33% to around 300 UK students, for whom it has had to put on special open days.

This 400 year-old university, second oldest in the Netherlands and in the top 100 of international rankings, now designates itself as an English-speaking institution.

It is running more degree courses taught in English than in Dutch, with students from Germany, China, the UK and the Netherlands itself, all learning in English.
education  netherlands  english  language 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
L’avenir prometteur des thésards français - Les Echos Start
Depuis peu, le gouvernement français semble mesurer toute l’importance de la valorisation du diplôme de docteur, et souhaite en élargir l’accès au plus grand nombre. Après les fêtes de fin d’année, Thierry Mandon, le Secrétaire d'État chargé de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, planchera ainsi sur la refonte du doctorat, qui devrait aboutir au premier trimestre 2016. Parmi les mesures envisagées, un plan "jeunes docteurs" pour doubler le nombre de thésards embauchés dans le secteur privé. Le nombre de doctorants dont le contrat est cofinancé par les entreprises devrait également augmenter, de 4 .200 cette année à 5 .000 en 2016.
education  france 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Open Access, and why it matters to medical students. |
Students access research literature across both pre-clinical and clinical phases. In both instances, students are encouraged to consult a variety of sources, ranging from traditional textbooks to more current journal articles, with the aim of forming a solid and current knowledge base. Additionally, medical school curricula feature assignments where students are required to gain skills in searching and evaluating research literature. Since medical students encounter research output in a variety of ways, any methods which facilitate these process are encouraged.

OA allows medical students to draw on a wider array of research output than would otherwise be possible. Increasing journal numbers mean that university libraries are unable to afford subscriptions to quality indexed journals. Frequently a “perfect” article is found, only to soon realise it’s behind a paywall with no library journal subscription. The option of paying $US30-40 for access to single paper is rarely palatable for a student budget. For the same reason that OA is said to bring knowledge to developing nations, local medical students can have access to a wider array of research to incorporate into their knowledge base.
medicine  education  openaccess  openmedicine  openness 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Healthy breakfasts fuel better school results, says study | Life and style | The Guardian
Children who eat a healthy breakfast before starting the school day achieve higher academic results than pupils who do not, according to a study.

Public health experts at Cardiff University who carried out the research say their findings provide the strongest evidence yet of a direct and positive link between eating breakfast and educational attainment.

Their report, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, suggests that the odds of achieving an above-average score in tests at the age of 11 were up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast, compared with those who did not.
food  education 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Most Militarized Universities in America: A VICE News Investigation | VICE News
VICE News has analyzed and ranked the 100 most militarized universities in America.

Initially, we hesitated to use the term militarized to describe these schools. The term was not meant to simply evoke robust campus police forces or ROTC drills held on a campus quad. It was also a measure of university labs funded by US intelligence agencies, administrators with strong ties to those same agencies, and, most importantly, the educational backgrounds of the approximately 1.4 million people who hold Top Secret clearance in the United States...

The 100 schools named in the VICE News rankings produce the greatest number of students who are employed by the Intelligence Community (IC), have the closest relationships with the national security state, and profit the most from American war-waging.
us  education  military 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop - Scientific American
Wrong again. Mueller and Oppenheimer included a study in which participants were asked to take notes by hand or by laptop, and were told they would be tested on the material in a week. When participants were given an opportunity to study with their notes before the final assessment, once again those who took longhand notes outperformed laptop participants. Because longhand notes contain students’ own words and handwriting, they may serve as more effective memory cues by recreating the context (e.g., thought processes, emotions, conclusions) as well as content (e.g., individual facts) from the original learning session.
education  writing  notetaking 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Major Study Finds OER Students Do Just as Well — or Better -- Campus Technology
The study involved 5,000 students using OER and more than 11,000 "control" students using standard textbooks in courses at 10 different institutions around the country enrolled in 15 different undergraduate courses. It focused on five measures of student success — course completion, final grade, final grade of C- or higher, enrollment intensity and enrollment intensity in the following semester.
education  openaccess  openness 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
What is the age of criminal responsibility in the UK?
The age of criminal responsibility in the UK is the lowest in Europe with other European Union Member States setting the age of criminal responsibility between 14 and 16. The following European Union Member States have the following ages of criminal responsibility:

France – 13
Italy – 14
Denmark – 15
Spain – 16
law  education 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Age of Criminal Responsibility | English Legal History
The historical sources are unclear during the above centuries as to whether there was a lower age limit beneath which a child could definitely not be convicted. In the 17th Century, a lower age limit of 7 was agreed upon from the compilation of principles from archaic case law. Also, the upper limit was changed to 14, rather than 12. With any potentially criminal actions of a child under 14, it had to proven that they knew right from wrong.

This, broadly, remained the case until the significant legislation of the Children and Young Person’s Act 1933 which implemented an age of criminal responsibility of 8 years old. This was raised to 10 by the Children and Young Person’s Act 1963 and 10 remains the age of criminal responsibility in England today. An interesting modern case study and discussion on this issue can be found on this blog: EastLaw.

This age remains one of the lowest in the world
law  education 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Bad Data Can Lead To Bad Policy: College students don't spend $1,200+ on textbooks -e-Literate
Last spring I wrote a post documenting that the College Board is not a reliable source for college textbook expenditures. With last week’s release of College Board data, it is worth repeating that data for their “Books and Supplies” category are:

average amounts allotted in determining total cost of attendance and do not necessarily reflect actual student expenditures.

Much more reliable data from the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and the Student Monitor consistently show that students on average spend between $530 – $640 per year for textbooks or “required course materials”.[1]

There is also fairly clear data from NACS and Student Monitor showing that student expenditures on textbooks or “required course materials” is going down[2].
education  publishing  ebooks 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Asking What Students Spend on Textbooks Is the Wrong Question | Hapgood
The chances of getting everything you need as a rental are low. Sure, you could be the super-prepared student who knows how to work the system and get them *all* as rentals — but not every student can be first in line at the bookstore. And the ones at the back of the line — guess their socio-economic class and first generation status?

This is a real issue, and it’s worth sticking with it a second here. I found myself going through this exercise and thinking — well, I can rent this here, and this one is a primary text, so I can probably find that online somewhere, and the only one that really NEEDS to be new is going to be that Calculus book (because new problem sets, plus I’m going to want to keep it).

And of course that’s me, thinking like a second-generation college student.
education  publishing  ebooks 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Can psychology help solve long-running conflicts? - BBC News
Contact theory, self-criticism, understanding sacred values and perceptions of fairness: these are no panacea for settling conflict, but they do offer a greater insight into what motivates enmity, and so how it might be diminished and overcome.

They could be psychologically useful levers in the pursuit of peace.
psychology  authoritarianism  education 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Real Threat of OER
The overwhelming majority of OER advocates are faculty, and they have become OER advocates for two reasons. One reason is the incredibly high prices of the textbooks and other materials produced by commercial publishers, and the deleterious effect on student outcomes created when students cannot afford their course materials. Publishers may eventually respond to this problem by dropping their prices to reasonable rates as he indicates they are beginning to do.

However, the second reason faculty have become OER advocates – and more of them are becoming OER advocates each day – has less to do with price and more to do with empowerment. For example, OER give faculty permission to truly personalize their courses. This personalization is not merely switching the sequence of content from A B to B A, or substituting content C for content A. It is personalization that allows faculty to go deep inside the material to permanently change, rewrite, and replace examples, photographs, and language so the materials speak directly and clearly to the students in their specific classes.
open  education  ebooks  dccomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Vehicularity! | Subversive Suburbanite
What gave me the confidence to strike out and cycle in traffic, pretty much anywhere, was in part the Redster’s Bikeability course last term. I realise it was designed to give her confidence, but it probably had more of an effect on me. As we cycled to and from school every day for the week-long course,* while the Cutester took the bus on her own, I learnt a lot from following the Redster on her bike – mainly about staying out of the ‘door zone’ and taking up my position assertively in the lane. I stopped shrinking out of the way of passing cars, and remembered that I do also have the right to use the road. And if I seem to be right in the middle of it, holding up the driver behind, that means I won’t get flung by an opening car door into his or her path. I remind myself that the driver behind would probably not have their mental health enhanced by running me over.
cycling  education 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer ~ everything I say is false...
I managed to get MicroPython compiling and running on the mkit! There is a surprisingly large amount of room: I could enable floating point support, aribitrary precision integers, most of the Python features and a few builtin modules. The REPL works over the USB-UART with history and tab completion. It even has a working ctrl-C (meaning you can break out of an infinite loop). I implemented a basic "pyb" module with LED and Switch classes, and a delay function. So you can do something like:

led = pyb.LED(1)
while True:
hardware  opensource  python  coding  education 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Good practices for university open-access policies - Harvard Open Access Project
This is a guide to good practices for university open-access (OA) policies. It's based on the type of policy first adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Kansas. Policies of this kind have since been adopted at a wide variety of institutions in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, for example, at affluent and indigent institutions, public and private institutions, research universities and liberal arts colleges, and at whole universities, schools within universities, and departments within schools.

At the same time, the guide includes recommendations that should be useful to institutions taking other approaches.
openaccess  repositories  universityeducation  education 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
More people want to learn sign language than French or German - Mirror Online
More people want to learn sign language than French and German, a study shows today.

And a survey by the National Deaf Children’s Society shows two out of three adults think sign language is more impressive than speaking a foreign language.

One in four people in Britain say they want to learn sign language, which would total 12.7m adults.

The top three languages people would like to learn are Spanish (28%), British Sign Language (24%) and French (23%).
language  education  français  español  sign_language 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The MOOC revolution that wasn’t
despite these well-rehearsed and triumphant stories of MOOCs’ global outreach, the notion that MOOCs could provide higher education to everyone quickly proved flawed. The success stories were the exception, rather than the rule. MOOCs were lambasted for having a high dropout rate; the average completion rate still hovers around 15 percent, a level that would be unacceptable for a traditional face-to-face college class. And when the demographics of “successful” MOOC students were scrutinized in one University of Pennsylvania study, it was discovered that 80 percent already had college degrees. Rather than providing opportunities for the educational “have-nots,” MOOCs seem just as likely to further the opportunities of the educational “have-alreadys.”
MOOC  education  politics 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas
Just exposing oneself to diverse fields, opinions and beliefs on Twitter by itself is not sufficient to enhance innovativeness. Additional capabilities are needed to ensure that the ideas triggered via Twitter can be transformed into actual innovative outcomes. To identify what these complementary capabilities are, we conducted 205 interviews with Twitter users across the ten groups in our sample. Through the interviews, we found that individual absorptive capacity4 — the ability of employees to identify, assimilate and exploit new ideas — is critical for employees to build and learn from their Twitter networks. This means that if you are a Twitter user with the goal of improving your innovation performance, you need to maintain a diverse network while also developing your information assimilation and exploitation skills.
twitter  learning  education  business 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco | Times Higher Education
While lots of the advice is hands-on (“begin new paragraphs often”), some is more metaphysical. Writing a thesis involves learning academic humility, the “knowledge that anyone can teach us something”. Eco illustrates this with a beautiful story of how a chance remark in a century-old book, badly written and full of preconceived ideas, by Vallet, an abbot, gave him a vital insight for his own thesis. And then, demonstrating the complex ways that work and intellectual inspiration are related, he tells of discovering years later, on returning to the book, that while the insight was not there on the page at all, somehow, as a student, he had himself taken it from the book: “is this not also what we ask from a teacher, to provoke us to invent ideas?”
writing  education  postgradology  history  memory  learning 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Paul Ford: What is Code? | Bloomberg
There are 11 million professional software developers on earth, according to the research firm IDC. (An additional 7 million are hobbyists.)

The turn-of-last-century British artist William Morris once said you can’t have art without resistance in the materials. The computer and its multifarious peripherals are the materials. The code is the art...

...Anyway, that’s one question on Stack Overflow.
programming  coding  education  funny  writing 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
How to respond to learning-style believers
n Urban Myths about Learning and Education, the authors suggest that these myths could be a type of moral panic. In a moral panic, believers claim that there are stark differences between groups of people and that only moral people care about these differences.

Emotions can run high thanks to the believer’s moral commitment. For example, imagine that I believe in learning styles and I’m a member of a team on an elearning project. I notice that no one is planning any narration, so I say earnestly, “Don’t forget the auditory learners!” Someone else says, “Oh, that’s all been debunked.”

I’ve never heard that before. How might I respond?

“Are they saying I’m an idiot?” I think. “I’m not! I care about the learners! The team is just finding excuses to take shortcuts. They don’t care about the learners like I do!” So I fight back, maybe by debating learning styles or just resisting others’ ideas.

This is the “worldview backfire effect,” according to the authors of The Debunking Handbook, available for free from
learning  education  authoritarianism  attention 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Bruce Hornsby survived a hit song
And as for ‘The Way It Is’, I really like playing that.”

I suggest that he likes playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations with a bit of “The Way It Is” thrown in the middle: he giggles.

“Look, I am a different person from that old guy from 1986,” he says. “I really am, in every single way, and it is so obvious. My feeling is, I’m trying to give it to you – and I am giving it to you – and I just hope you can meet me halfway. In the end it’s simple. If you really hate it, just don’t come back. You should not come back, because I am not going to be a vehicle for your stroll down memory lane. The people who have their pop moment and spend the rest of their lives replicating that – the people who can do that and really mean it – I admire them. For me, it is a prison and I just refuse. I know I’m asking a lot, especially now that I’m inflicting the modern on them. But if you don’t like it, don’t come. I am fine.
music  prison  education  improv  funny 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool • The Register
When it comes to recruiting IT staff, hiring managers are in some cases looking for something that they simply don’t get from the same old BI or computer science candidates. Many agree that employees hired from outside the computer sciences discipline can bring fresh perspectives into the company which haven’t been shaped into a specific way of thinking from their academic careers.

“Bringing a new perspective on board by hiring from outside the immediate industry can also inspire change and innovation, because these candidates are more likely to challenge the status quo and question the processes already in place,” says Richard Shea, managing director EMEA search at Futurestep.

There’s also a growing recognition that vast swathes of good people are actively choosing not to go into Higher Education, as the prospect of huge debt turns many off. Anthony Sherick, head of sales and marketing for IT recruitment website Technojobs, says the shift in employer attitudes towards undergraduate computer sciences degrees is illustrated by the findings of a recent survey it conducted. The results suggested that three-quarters of IT employers did not think an IT-related degree was a prerequisite to an IT job.
education  programming  work 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Impact of Social Sciences – It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough.
“Big Data,” “Data Science,” and “Open Data” are now hot topics at universities. Investments are flowing into dedicated centers and programs to establish institutional leadership in all things related to data. I welcome the new Data Science effort at UC Berkeley to explore how to make research data professionalism fit into the academic reward systems. That sounds great! But will these new data professionals have any real autonomy in shaping how they conduct their research and build their careers? Or will they simply be part of an expanding class of harried and contingent employees- hired and fired through the whims of creative destruction fueled by the latest corporate-academic hype-cycle?

But in the current Neoliberal setting, being an entrepreneur requires a singular focus on monetizing innovation. PeerJ and Figshare are nice, since they have business models that less “evil” than Elsevier’s. But we need to stop fooling ourselves that the only institutions and programs that we can and should sustain are the ones that can turn a profit. For every PeerJ or Figshare (and these are ultimately just as dependent on continued public financing of research as any grant-driven project), we also need more innovative organizations like the Internet Archive, wholly dedicated to the public good and not the relentless pressure to commoditize everything (especially their patrons’ privacy)
scholarly  openaccess  opendata  openscience  politics  education 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Cannabis smokers warned they risk poorer exam grades | Society | The Guardian
“For example, we estimate that students who were no longer able to buy cannabis legally were 5% more likely to pass courses. The grade improvement this represents is about the same as having a qualified teacher and, more relevantly, similar to decreases in grades observed from reaching legal drinking age in the US.”

For low performers, there was a larger effect on grades. They had a 7.6% better chance of passing their courses.
cannabis  education  mathematics 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Using Wikipedia: a scholar redraws academic lines by including it in his syllabus
Sociology prof requires students to 'adopt' the wikipedia page of a social theorist, then:

'proofread the text, correct citations, visit the college library in search of relevant books, dig through online academic databases, and piece together a puzzle of why we value these particular theorists...

Students document their research process in a paper they turn in along with a “before” and “after” version of the theorist’s Wikipedia page with their changes highlighted in yellow... they often end up in a virtual dialogue with the scholars from across the globe, who function as self-appointed caretakers of these same pages...
Not every change is accepted by the “community of caretakers”... [though] corrections of minor errors are universally embraced, while the addition of major sections (such as a summary explanation of a particularly important concept or work) are occasionally rejected in part or in whole.

If my students think the change they are proposing is an important one, I often encourage them to engage others online in a dialogue in order to convince others to keep the change.
wikipedia  education  sociology  internet 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Coulisses de Bruxelles - Le monolinguisme anglophone, une mauvaise action contre l’Europe - Libé
@Gerz 100% d'accord avec vos remarques sur "globish": c'est une terme bizarre inventé par des français qui veulent "diviser pour régner."

À la poubelle aussi des traductions vers le français "de l'Américain" (une des 300 langues indigènes du nord peut-être?) Non, la langue de la majorité là-bas est l'anglais. (English, American English if you insist)

Et à la poubelle avec 'anglo-saxon'* aussi : on cherche toujours la fameuse nuance française en regroupant tous les pays, états et cultures de langue anglaise dans une telle manière aujourd'hui.

Ironie suprême : cette politique monolingue qui assure souvent un ignorance généralisé en France est un moteur important pour l'acquisition de l'anglais.

*On accepte toujours l'usage pour décrire les tribus du sud-est de l'Angleterre entre le 5ième et 10ième siècles EC.
jbcomment  english  français  translation  politics  eu  france  education 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
On rote memorization and antiquated skills
"I pity the kids who were forced by their parents into memorizing these tables… I will not discourage my kids from using algorithms to solve problems."

Daniel Lemire inspires me to document my mental arithmetic experiences in the corner shop:

I agree with you. I drilled and chanted multiplication tables as a schoolboy in Scotland, but you are quite right that anything beyond 12x was terra incogita, and that an algorithmic approach would have been superior there.

And to in support of your assertions that the most useful memorisation comes from repeated use in practical situations, let me offer this anecdote:

When I was a student I worked in a small corner shop in the north of England whose stock was entirely arrayed around two walls of the small square customer area. I stood behind a counter facing these walls. Customers would enter, select things from the shelves, place them in a basket, and then present the basket on the counter for the items to be checked out and paid for. I generally used a conventional electronic till to perform this duty.

But one way that I found to amuse myself in what was really quite a boring job was to observe the customer as they placed items in the basket, and mentally calculate their total cost before they approached the counter. I would then glance at the basket, and casually state the exact total.

I’d then use the till to confirm the result, to the customer’s amazement. This was quite fun, and a few months of it had the side effect that I’m now much better at mental arithmetic than my school years alone would have given me any right to deserve.

There was no call for multiplication and division in the corner shop trick, but the “oral memory” nature of the practice helped me to create a mental space that holds numbers, and enabled these to be developed later. I still check stuff on paper the way they taught me at primary school though, and I don’t regret learning that solid method before branching out into party tricks.

And yeh; sod it, calculator, which is glumly getting the bus, when you could have had a nice walk and a laugh.
mathematics  education  learning  memory  psychology  programming  dccomment 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Inklings: Why Your Professors Suck
faculty try to instill in their students the same attitudes that enabled them to succeed. Unfortunately, those qualities are often counterproductive for any life outside of academia. But in order to fully grasp why this fact is so important, you have to understand a little bit about how careers are made and lost in academia.
education  universityeducation  funny  teaching  coaching 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
7 Tips for Growing Up as a Professional Translator |
I make about the same as a lawyer-linguist as I would working at a law firm and I know for a fact (having done the actual math) that I make at least as much as a first instance judge with 10 years on the bench (in Argentina, which is where I live). I am not the exception to the rule; people with similar backgrounds make as much money from translation as I do. The question is what makes YOU (translator) believe you CAN’T make as much as an engineer, lawyer, doctor, etc.? Tip #6: Learn to respect yourself and value your worth.
translation  business  education 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Open Access: it’s about more than just open access (a conversation between two early career anthropologists) | Savage Minds
US academia loves to pretend that community is still at the heart of its mission, but I have my doubts. It’s about exclusion as much as anything else, and the way the publishing system works is just one small part of it. So, getting back to something you said earlier, I think Zizek is right. The problems that Open Access is meant to address do exist at higher levels. It is a bigger fight — and that leaves us wondering what we can do in the here and now. This brings me back to our musings about publishing. We all know we need to publish to be even remotely considered for jobs. But how can we push back a bit? I think a more strident dedication to Open Access can be part of that. I am all for publishing and sharing ideas, but I think the terms in which we produce and disseminate our ideas need to be challenged.
politics  openaccess  zizek  education 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
"FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud," says author of new study - Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch
(Full disclosure: Ivan and Charles are colleagues at NYU, and some of their mutual students helped gather the data for the article). We asked Seife about what it was like working with J-school students, and how the process of digging through the documents went:

One of the wonderful things about having a dozen or so bright students is that you can set them loose on a many-hands-light-work sort of assignment. Go out and find fraud, my pretties! *cackle* So all I had to do was point them in the right direction, and data began trickling in.

The tough part was gathering up all the data and validating it. One advantage we had was that we had no illusions that we’d be comprehensive; the redactions were sometimes way too extensive for us to have hope that we’d get everything. That knowledge kept us from spending too much time beating our heads against the wall trying to crack documents that simply wouldn’t be cracked.
science  attention  education  peerreview 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
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