Tuesday, April 26. 2016
In this information age steeped in computers, the engine humming under the surface of this website and much of the technology we use is full of mathematics and computer science. That means it uses algorithms. I was reading a story about how Facebook again (probably constantly) tweaked its algorithms for what we see in our news feed. What is all this about and where did it come from?
* If you want to know how to compute the RSA algorithm shown partially at the top of this post, including how to select values for d, e, n, p, q, and ? (phi), you can watch this video. It also will help insomniacs.
Tuesday, April 19. 2016
I saw a tweet from @chronicle for an article titled "Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil" and that "snake oil" caught my attention. This has to be an opinion piece and someone is not happy.
Friday, April 15. 2016
The Modern Language Association (MLA) says it wants to make the always boring process (as strudent, writer and teacher) of citing sources less tedious. As this article points out, it has only gotten more complicated by the variety of digital sources that have emerged and continue to emerge. I recall faculty laughing at the idea of having to cite a tweet, but now it is definitely accepted.
Wednesday, April 13. 2016
Online courses have definitely opened access to students in remote areas. They also offer option to people with learning requirements that require more flexibility with meeting times, and more critically with issues of physical accessibility and even learning disabilities.
Wednesday, April 6. 2016
A new book, There Is Life After College by Jeff Selingo, is out this month. It looks at stories of 20-somethings and their experiences in and out of school and how those experiences shaped their success in the job market.
Thursday, March 31. 2016
MOOC enrollment surpassed 35 million in 2015 and though the blush is off the MOOC rose, they are clearly a new learning context for many people.
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