HarvardX marks the spot

Harvard University’s first two courses on the new digital education platform edX launched this week, as more than 100,000 learners worldwide began taking dynamic online versions of CS50, the College’s popular introductory computer science class, and PH207, a Harvard School of Public Health course in epidemiology and biostatistics.For Marcello Pagano, a professor of statistical computing who is co-teaching PH207x, the potential to teach so many students at once is amazing.“I figure I’d have to teach another 200 years to reach that many students in person,” he said.In May, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced the launch of the not-for-profit educational enterprise edX, which features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the Web. Since then, Harvard has established HarvardX, the University-based organization that supports Harvard faculty as they develop content for the edX platform. In the past six months, a leadership team has formed, faculty and research committees have launched, and courses have been developed.Although online courses have been around for years, the professors working with the platform say that HarvardX forces them to get creative about crafting more-active learning environments.Rather than just broadcasting full lectures on the Internet, the HarvardX classes incorporate short video-lesson segments, along with embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.“This is the future,” Pagano said. “What you have in classrooms today, I think of as a play. What we have now, with HarvardX, is the movie. You can swap out scenes, edit, perfect it. This is the way we communicate now. When you want to know how your friend is, do you go and visit them in person? No, you send a text. We are getting away from the ‘come to me’ model.”In Pagano’s eyes, the beauty of the HarvardX platform is that students can move along at their own pace.“They can stop a lecture in the middle and ponder a concept,” he said. “They can replay if they don’t understand something, and they can speed up when they grasp something quickly. You can’t do that in a lecture hall with 100 students. This is much more individualized.”For CS50x instructor David Malan, director of educational innovation and manager of pedagogical innovation, being able to produce short videos on key concepts means that students get a more consistent, polished experience than might work in a lecture hall. The library of lectures also liberates him to explore other concepts and go more in-depth in his on-campus class.“I don’t see the lecture or section going away,” he said. “Rather, students can choose the learning process that works best for them, and have the option of exploring other topics even if we don’t have the time to cover them in class.”Rather than just broadcasting full lectures on the Internet, the HarvardX classes incorporate short video-lesson segments, along with embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student-paced learning.But students aren’t the only ones who stand to learn through edX. The platform will provide a trove of data for Harvard and MIT researchers, who will study patterns of student achievement in the hope of making course material and methods more effective for students both on and off campus. Concrete data from large samples will be a lot easier to read than the puzzled expressions an instructor might see in a lecture hall.“It’s very exciting to have tools to give us insights into patterns of behavior,” Malan said. “The data will allow us to make statistically significant inferences that aren’t always possible with smaller samples.”Members of the HarvardX leadership team are enthusiastic about the edX partnership’s potential to transform pedagogy in classrooms and living rooms in Massachusetts, across the nation, and around the globe.“As well as expanding access to high-quality, online learning content for new communities of learners, we believe that edX will strengthen the on-campus learning experience,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and a member of the edX board of directors.  “For instance, if you sit in the back of a classroom today, you’ll see that students are already using technology to learn. EdX gives faculty the tools to think in new ways about the role technology plays in their teaching and creates new opportunities for research that can form the basis of more effective teaching and learning methods.”“We view this as an opportunity for us to ask deeper questions about how people learn, and how we as universities help people to learn,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber, also an edX board member.���[EdX] will provide an unprecedented amount of data on the ways in which students learn,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for HarvardX. “This allows courses to be modified and improved, according to research, and teaches us how to come up with learning experiences that reach the broadest number of students.”Over the past few months, Lue has met with faculty members at every School to talk about HarvardX and to hear their ideas on how to make the most of this new platform.“It has been thrilling to meet with my colleagues and hear the wild diversity of ideas that’s out there,” he said. “People have really seized on this.”HarvardX’s first courses are more quantitative in nature, but Lue said that he looks forward to working with colleagues across Harvard in bringing a wide variety of courses to the platform.“There is no particular kind of course that we think is the sweet spot for HarvardX,” he said. “I think if we start in that position, it will constrain the diversity of what we can do. I am very excited about the prospect of bringing in courses from arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.” read more

Ex-worker pleads guilty

first_imgA former University employee in Notre Dame’s Office of the Registrar pled guilty to four counts of voyeurism last week in the St. Joseph County Superior Court. Don G. Steinke was originally charged with one count of voyeurism, but the State of Indiana added three more counts on Feb. 28, according to court documents. The state agreed not to file any further charges arising from investigation of the case, according to court documents. As part of the plea agreement, a six-year cap was placed on any total executed sentence Steinke receives. On March 7, 2011, a woman found a pen camera aimed at the toilet on the floor of a women’s bathroom in Grace Hall. The pen camera was turned over to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), according to court documents. Steinke allegedly admitted to placing the camera in the women’s restroom with the intent to retrieve the camera and download the recorded video content. Notre Dame declined to comment further on the additional charges. “We were made aware of the camera, we investigated it and made the arrest,” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said. “We disabled the operation and worked closely with the prosecutor and law enforcement. We’re confident that the criminal justice system would play itself out appropriately and that certainly is what has taken place.” St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese took the plea under advisement and set sentencing for April 26 at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Frank Q. Hyde

first_imgFrank Q. Hyde, 94 of Milan passed away Thursday December 28, 2017 at Ripley Crossing at Milan.  Frank was born August 9, 1923 in Gary, Indiana the son of Frank Tolvin and Aletha Anna (Quinn) Hyde.  He was married to Esther (Schwandt) Hyde who preceded him in death.   He was a member of the Osgood Baptist Church. He worked for John Hancock Insurance and later retired as the Manager of the Indianapolis office of Auto Owners Insurance Co.  He had served his country by being in the Merchant Marines during WWII.Frank is survived by son Jeffrey G. (Karen A.)  Hyde of  Milan, grandchildren Heather Block, April McLaughlin, Jonathan and Joseph Hyde, and 6 great grandchildren.Graveside services will be held at Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles.  Memorials may be given to the donors choice through the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, 47031 Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Tucber Park beat Police in NA/Canje 100-ball cricket

first_imgTUCBER Park A team registered their second win in as many games after defeating Police by 59 runs on Saturday in the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) Friends of Berbice Cricket 100-ball Second-Division cricket competition for teams in NA and Canje.Turber Park Cricket Club ‘A’ team, won defeated GUYMINE by five wickets in their opening round, batted first against Police.Led by Malcom Mickle, who smashed 63, TPCC were able to reach 139-6 from their allotted balls.For the opening wicket, Mickle and Steve Deonarine put together 101 runs, with the latter hitting 40.In reply, Police crashed out for 80 after Kwesi Mickle took over. The off-spinner grabbed six wickets for seven runs. Anthony D’Andrade supported with 2-0 while Leon Swamy and Winslow Roberts finished with one wicket each.last_img read more

Seven race card underway in Clonmel

first_imgStock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay There’s a seven-race card underway in Clonmel this afternoonAll eyes will be on the Willie Mullins-trained, Coquin Mans, who will be bidding to get back to winning ways.That’s in the Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan (Peugeot) Hurdle which is the feature race of todays card The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old carries the blue and green silks of George Creighton, which were made famous by superstar hurdler Hurricane Fly.Coquin Mans is unbeaten over three miles and is the top-rated horse in the field. Paul Townend takes the ride.last_img

MOYS to intervene in Nunoo-Mensah saga

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) is making frantic efforts to convince Ben Nunoo-Mensah to rescind his decision to quit as the Chef D’ Mission of Ghana for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.Information gathered by the www.sportscrusaderonline.com, reveals that, the ministry is unhappy with the sudden resignation of the Chef D’ Mission since it would have negative effects on Ghana’s preparations for the games.The two ministers; Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy Joseph Yamin, have initiated measures to convince the hardworking Chef D’ Mission to reconsider his decision and return to work as soon as possible.Other high ranking members in government have also stepped in to convince Nunoo-Mensah to reconsider his decision.In another development, the Commonwealth Games Federation has directed the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to deal with all internal issues ahead of the Games.The directive was in response to a letter sent to the Games Federation informing them about the resignation of Ben Nunoo-Mensah. The Federation from all indications was not happy with the development and therefore asked the GOC to make efforts to address the situation that led to the resignation of the hardworking Chef D’ Mission.Ghana, is rated as one of the best countries, which has made so much progress in their preparations towards the Commonwealth Games.Ghana was also given high commendations for the successful organisation of the Queens Baton Relay.Nunoo-Mensah, early this week quit his position as the Chef D’ Mission of the Ghana for the Commonwealth Games and Treasurer of the GOC.last_img read more

Serena Williams wins 3rd straight in singles at Hopman Cup

first_imgPro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Watched on by her daughter Alexis Olympia, the sweet-hitting Williams found her groove through an array of powerful forehand winners to overwhelm the 97th-ranked British player.The one-sided contest took a surprising turn when Boulter broke Williams early in the second set but she was unable to consolidate on serve. Williams was made to work before putting the foot down in the tiebreak.Earlier, Cameron Norrie upset Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0. It ended a miserable tournament for the 20-year-old Tiafoe, who won just one set in his three matches.The No. 91-ranked Norrie was impressive in Perth, highlighted by defeating Greece’s No. 15-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 37-year-old’s hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States were eliminated after losses to Greece and Roger Federer-led Switzerland.Williams slowly built momentum in her first tournament back since melting down at the U.S. Open Final in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said.A sluggish Williams started slowly in victories over Maria Sakkari and Belinda Bencic, but breezed through the first set against a beleaguered Boulter in just 24 minutes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams of the United States stretches during her match against Britain’s Katie Boulter of the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a straight-sets victory over Britain’s Katie Boulter on Thursday to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign.Williams cooled off after a strong start but prevailed with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory in 78 minutes to level the tie between the United States and Britain in Group B.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more