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Algorithms Can Help Curators Pre-Filter, Discover and Learn From Like-Minded Colleagues

Algorithms Can Help Curators Pre-Filter, Discover and Learn From Like-Minded Colleagues | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Alexis Dufresne of Faveeo, an up and coming information filtering and discovery tool not yet available to the general public, has been posting some interesting articles on topics related to news curation, filtering and discovery.

 

In particular, I found interesting his recent analysis on automated solutions and algorithms designed to help scale curation efforts, as these are generally discarded as inappropriate for any type of professional work. But, as he rightly points out, there are several tasks inside a curator workflow that can indeed help and reduce the curator's workload without limiting his ability to manually select and edit what he finds most appropriate.

Alexis pinpoints at least three different areas in which algorithms and automated operations can indeed greatly help the curator's work. These are:

 

1) Discovery of new sources and networks: ...By teaching a machine about the kind of sources and users a curator is looking for, a machine could process from the incredible mass of sources and people out there to figure out those who are likely to be trusted sources of information. By using techniques of text analysis, social reach, semantic density, popularity and more, this task could be done by a machine.

 

2) Learning the profile of a curator: A lot of engines are focusing on filtering the semantic meaning of an article in order to recommend other content. But by using advanced NLP techniques and text extraction methods, we could go further and have an idea of the tone, the lenght and other signals that can indicate the preferences of a human curator, other than simply the actual keywords used in the text.

 

3) Social recommendations: ...By detecting users that seem to click, like, share or save the same articles, we can connect them together to mutualize their search and discovery operations, in order to speed things up.

 

Rightful. Helpful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://www.faveeo.com/computer-assisted-curation-lets-figure-out-best-system-help-scale-curation-operations

 

 


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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

 

 

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“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”

 

Great Talk!

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

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Laurent Picard's curator insight, January 22, 12:22 PM

Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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Pedagogy, Prophecy, and Disruption

Pedagogy, Prophecy, and Disruption | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Without consideration of its past, present, or future, critical digital pedagogy may become irrelevant before it begins in earnest. The forces of neoliberalism that critical pedagogues hoped to expose and remove have become extremely adept at moving into digital spaces. Online institutions run by for-profit companies attract students from vulnerable populations —  the very populations that critical pedagogues aspire to help. For-profit institutions are often a mixed bag, at best, for these students, but more public and nonprofit institutions model their online offerings to compete with for-profit models. While some professors and academics have resisted changes, the classes they’ve protected were upper-division seminars rather than developmental or basic courses. Educational experiences that create common ground rather than career or academic tracks have migrated into spaces for efficiency, thus reducing traditional liberal arts and sciences to more closely resemble for-profit colleges’ career-focused format.

 

The rise of the for-profit online classroom is well documented, and the expansion of for-profit education, in part, is the result of various decisions made by higher education institutions. While elite institutions were mostly preserved, public schools, especially community colleges, were hurt by the expansion of online education. Spaces for critical, engaged learning in communities gave way to large digital spaces driven by profit motivations. Some of these institutions are starting to falter, and the space for these failures allow for a critical digital pedagogy to enter online spaces. However, critical digital pedagogues need to consider how they can make critical pedagogy resonate with the public, and use critical theory to examine digital tools and new methods.


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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online.

 

Very interesting, a MUST READ!

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 12:39 PM

Who is listening? That is the key question.

 

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Athabasca University Press - Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Athabasca University Press - Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.

 

In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

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Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden

Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
In yesterday’s post I described where I (and many others) see the LMS market heading in terms of interoperability. At the same time, the LMS does a very poor job at providing a lot of the learning technologies desired by … Continue reading →

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For top universities, students come second - Telegraph

For top universities, students come second - Telegraph | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Universities are increasingly complex, multibillion-pound organisations in which teaching comes a distant second on the priority list

 

Even those compiling the university rankings do not hide the fact that undergraduates matter little in the great scheme of things. QS’s listings, for example, are weighted heavily towards “reputation” (50 per cent of which is derived from a large-scale survey of academics and employers). The only gesture towards the undergraduate experience is the “faculty/student ratio”. But that simple measure tells us nothing about the quality of the experience, the value of the degree – or your chances of getting a job afterwards. QS admitted as much in a report accompanying the tables, saying that “genuine measures of teaching quality on a global scale are almost certainly unobtainable”.

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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 8:30 PM

This infographic looks at the brain and how we learn. As more is learned about the brain it is clear that education is not a one-size-fits all.

* Learn how the occipital lobe, Wernicke's area, Broca's area and auditory processing impacts reading. 

* Read three examples that show brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to change over time).

* And find out how struggling readers can be helped at a neurological level.

Some additional resources are also included.

We have many students who struggle with reading. This infographic provides information that you may want to share with parents.

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educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 11:28 AM

I wonder if Benjamin Bloom had any way of anticipating this. It is interesting that the infographic suggests lots of lower order thinking skills.

 

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Even in Education Everything Old is New Again

Even in Education Everything Old is New Again | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

It’s been over fifty years since the article “Teaching Machines” appeared in the Science Journal from which the opening quote was excerpted. Author B.F. Skinner would be pleased to read some of the headlines in the education sector this week, one in particular “College in a Box” (Kahn, 2014) which describes how textbook publishers such as Pearson have developed enhanced textbooks and put them on their online platforms such as MyMathLab. These enhanced ‘books’ feature interactive quizzes, tutorials, immediate feedback, and tutorial videos based upon students’ responses. Pearson’s new spin on the old textbook would likely meet Skinner’s definition of efficiency. Coincidently, the instructional method used for Pearson’s textbook programs is programmed instruction; a method Skinner developed and applied with his teaching machine. Skinner’s machine consisted of a program, developed to deliver a self-learning experience for the student that included presenting of content, related questions for students to answers, immediate  and corrective feedback.

 

 

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This Is Your Brain on Snacks—Brain Stimulation Affects Craving and Consumption

This Is Your Brain on Snacks—Brain Stimulation Affects Craving and Consumption | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

 

After stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), young women experience increased cravings for high-calorie snacks—and eat more of those foods when given the opportunity, according to the study by researchers at University of Waterloo, Ont., Canada. "These findings shed a light on the role of the DLPFC in food cravings (specifically reward anticipation), the consumption of appealing high caloric foods, and the relation between self-control and food consumption," the researchers write. The senior author was Peter Hall, PhD.


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Learnlets » Kris Duggan #LnDMeetup Gamification Mindmap

Learnlets » Kris Duggan #LnDMeetup Gamification Mindmap | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Kris Duggan spoke on gamification at the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology MeetUp. He talked about some successes at his Badging role and then his new initiative bringing gamification more intrinsically into organizations. He proposed five Goal Science rules that resonated with other principles I’ve heard for good organizations.

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Six Principles for Measuring and Communicating the Value of Your Faculty Development Center

Six Principles for Measuring and Communicating the Value of Your Faculty Development Center | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

This is an era of rapid transformation and heightened opportunities for Faculty Development Centers (FDCs). There is a growing realization that faculty development can be a crucial component in addressing some of the most significant challenges facing higher education, including technology’s impact on teaching, reliance on part-time and distance faculty, and student success.

Tightening higher education budgets, on the other hand, pose a significant threat to programs and centers that are unable to show the value of the services they provide. FDCs rarely operate under financial models that give them direct control over their budget, or that provide direct income-generating activities. It is vital, therefore, for FDC leaders to demonstrate the value of what they do to those who control the budget process. Outcomes-based assessment is a powerful tool that can be used to evaluate and improve the services FDCs provide while simultaneously communicating the value of what they do.

Outputs vs. Outcomes
Output-based evaluation assesses direct products, particularly the volume of activities in which one is engaged. FDCs that evaluate themselves solely by the number of workshops they provide, or by the number of participants in their events, are measuring an output. While there is definite value in knowing that information, it provides no direct indication of its worth to participants, nor any indication that change of any sort happened as a result of that activity. Outcomes-based evaluations, on the other hand, assess changes in the behavior or attitudes of the participants themselves. Here are the general principles I recommend when developing and using outcomes-based assessment:

Principle 1: Identify the key organizational goals for your center
Principle 2: Identify two or three outcomes for each organizational goal
Principle 3: Identify ways to collect data relevant to the outcomes chosen above
Principle 4: Understand the limitations of your data
Principle 5: Use the data to improve
Principle 6: Use the data to tell your story

 

 

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30+ Features of The 21st Century Classroom

30+ Features of The 21st Century Classroom | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
September 14, 2014
Now that the new school year started and that students are back to their 'formal' learning mode and everything seems to be unfolding as planned, it is time to pause and think...

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 16, 4:11 PM

Follows Effective Schools very well!

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Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources: TIPS Framework Version 2.0

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Revealing The Awesome Truth About Hackers

Revealing The Awesome Truth About Hackers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Norse offers proactive security solutions, based on our global "dark intelligence" platform, to defend against today's advanced threats.

 

A MUST READ!

 


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A MUST READ!


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Connectivism, Enculturation, Potlucks

Stephen Downes (2011) offered a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach--or, rather, to facilitate--learning about connectivism.  (Connectivism is, to put it crudely, the notion that learning ta...

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5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now - YouTube

Your brain may never be the same! Watch our Q&A: http://youtu.be/thYzq0TEwbs

 

AsapSCIENCE has created this video that demonstrates the 5 ways social media is altering your brain - sometimes in ways that aren’t all that different from being addicted to drugs.

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Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It -

Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It - | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion.

 

You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox.

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But! Before you worry too much, we can tell you this: There is a way to disable it now and even erase your past history map. So all is not lost. We are all about solutions here at natural cures, we weren’t about to let you walk away upset without a solution!

 

 

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Welcome to eLearning Guidelines | eLearning Guidelines

Welcome to eLearning Guidelines | eLearning Guidelines | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

The eLearning guidelines (eLg) have been developed to assist the tertiary sector in its engagement with eLearning. The guidelines offer prompts for reflection from five perspectives - the learner, teacher, manager, organisational leader and quality assurance body.  When considering one of these perspectives in the eLearning and eTeaching process, the guidelines assist the designing, implementing and enhancing of your practice to ensure thoughtful and intentional eLearning provision.

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The Online Education Bubble | aconventional

The Online Education Bubble | aconventional | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

I felt I ought to write this piece, after reading today that investment in e-learning is due to grow to 107 billion in 2015 & this Andreessen Horrowitz podcast on the ‘software eats the world’ theme – referencing education. Yes, I know I said it’s a zombie conversation, but with headlines as big as these, I just can’t resist taking another stab at it.

Why is there a problem with online education?

Because we’re throwing money at something that is broken. It’s broken for two main reasons: we don’t really understand learning – i.e. we don’t actually have a solid theoretical framework on which to answer simple questions like ‘what is good learning?’ ‘How do people learn?’ and secondly it’s broken because in the absence of a foundation, all manner of dysfunctional conventions which arose in the Victorian era are now being carried into the digital approach.

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SURF: Special edition on didactics of Open and Online Education

SURF: Special edition on didactics of Open and Online Education | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

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Specialized Magazines For Apps

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Why Is It Important To Read Specialized Magazines? There are masses of Apps from any kind of Topics and from anywhere around from the world, difficult to know WHAT choice to make, as well as th...

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 


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Why Is It Important To Read Specialized Magazines? There are masses of Apps from any kind of Topics and from anywhere around from the world, difficult to know WHAT choice to make, as well as th...


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Why Is It Important To Read Specialized Magazines? There are masses of Apps from any kind of Topics and from anywhere around from the world, difficult to know WHAT choice to make, as well as th...


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The Successful eLearning Professionals [Infographic]

The Successful eLearning Professionals [Infographic] | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

The Successful eLearning Professionals Infographic 10 Things Successful eLearning Professionals Do Differently They Make it a Goal to Learn About Their Audience. Successful eLearning professionals know what motivates their learners to take online courses instead of spending their time on other ...

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

 


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 16, 5:50 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Nothing too new under the sun here, but a solid list in easy-to-digest format.

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Transforming university teaching and learning: UBC’s strategy for flexible learning

Transforming university teaching and learning: UBC’s strategy for flexible learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Flexible Learning Implementation Team (2014) Flexible Learning – Charting a Strategic Vision for UBC (Vancouver Campus. Vancouver BC: Office of the Provost, University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is one of Canada’s premier research universities with almost 60,000 students. It usually features within the top 30 universities worldwide in university rankings.

For the last 18 months, UBC has been developing a comprehensive strategy for teaching and learning for the future, and last week issued a report on its vision and how it plans to implement that vision. Although Flexible Learning is the term UBC has chosen to describe this strategy, it is in fact far more comprehensive and wide ranging than just blended or fully online learning. It is really about the transformation of teaching and learning in response to local, regional and global changes and challenges, based on a substantial amount of prior research, internal discussion, and input from external consultants (declaration of interest: I played a very small part in some of the early discussions of strategy).

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, September 16, 5:56 AM

flexibility is useful everywhere and everywhen!

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Top universities 'are the richest'

Top universities 'are the richest' | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Money is key to being a top university, suggests analysis by Times Higher Education magazine, ahead of its 2014 world university rankings.

The UK had 31 universities in the top 200 last year but the leading 20 were dominated by wealthy US institutions.

The magazine says the average top-200 university has plenty of money and strong international links.

The Million+ group, funded by newer UK universities, said the "perspective" of the rankings was "very limited".

Times Higher says its analysis will help universities and countries that are aiming to reach the global peak of higher education.

Its top 200 ranking, due at the beginning of October, aims to identify the world's best 1% of universities

The analysis found the average top 200 university has 19% international students, hires 20% of staff from abroad and has at least one international co-author on 43% of published research papers.

 

On average they have just under 12 students to one member of academic staff.

 

Their annual income - from government grants, student fees, investments and commercial fees - is worth worth some $750,000 per academic, says Times Higher.

 

Around a third of this is generated from research contracts in the form of government grants and fees from industry and commerce.

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MindMeister for Education: Teaching and Studying with Online Mind Mapping

Try a live demo on http://www.mindmeister.com/ We offer great discounts for students, educators and academic institutions. Sign up for one of our education p...

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Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, September 14, 4:17 PM

Il mio strumento di mind mapping preferito e come lo si può utilizzare per l'educazione, molto interessante soprattutto la seconda parte per gli educatori, mentre la prima è di interesse generale

Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, September 14, 4:26 PM

Il mio strumento di mind mapping preferito e come lo si può utilizzare per l'educazione, molto interessante soprattutto la seconda parte per gli educatori, mentre la prima è di interesse generale