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Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses

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Mari Freitag's comment, November 21, 2012 11:38 PM
I’ve heard a lot about this from different administrators at UA, and it really is true that nobody really knows what’s going to happen with these open source classes. It’s absolutely going to open up a huge door to a different kind of education around the world so It’ll be very excited to see what happens. It’s also very possible that it will put many universities around the world out of business, simply because they cannot compete with the close to free MOOCs. This is really going to change the face of education, especially in our country. Some universities are talking about creating course modules, so that students can better customize their educational experience through multiple modules that they form themselves. These modules would be all accredited, but instead of just completing a University approved baccalaureate core and a major/minor, a student would chose 4 or 5 modules to make up their overall degree. The innovation and out of the box thinking is what is really driving this incredibly interesting movement. I think a lot of it is also coming from a new generation of faculty and administrator who are more willing to shake the educational system up for the first time in almost 100 years. I bet that higher education in our country at least will look very different in as little as 5 years from now, and I’m excited to see what it ends up being.
Rob Duke's comment, November 22, 2012 10:49 AM
I'm an early adopter so I'm anxious to test new methods and see how they enhance the learning experience. Having said that; education is much more than accessing the information, so I'm not sure that this model can completely replace instructors in a classroom, lab or something analagous to these modes of teaching. For me, on both sides of the podium, I have found that there's something organic that occurs in a classroom (and in the hallways, conference rooms, libraries and offices of a university) that can't occur in cyberspace. What I'd be interested in trying is a model where one instructor accesses different students according to their needs. So, for example, I might teach a blended course that had one class meeting a week on campus (online as well as recorded), one in the community, and two weekend meetings per term. In my mind's eye, I see that each student would be expected to attend one of these sessions per week. The weekend sessions might not be useful, but then again, if these were practical seminars related to the course material but with a workshop/hands on focus (maybe even for additional academic credit) it might encourage working students to augment the cyber lectures with some face-to-face and give some value added to the traditional student as well. In this way, we could serve Alaska better by being accessible (without significantly altering content or quality) to traditional students, working students, military members, students in the villages and the bush. This would also allow more than one option to have the face-to-face interaction if a student wished to take advantage of it.
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Exiled Tanana man argues for return to jail

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FAIRBANKS — One of the men banished by the Tanana tribal government this spring is suing in federal court for the right to return. 
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To have and have not

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“POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might...
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Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’

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The Supreme Court was "once a leader in the world" in combating racial discrimination, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “What’s amazing," she added, "is how things have changed.”

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The Feds ride out

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SET beside a lake two hours’ drive from Mexico City, Valle de Bravo brands itself a Pueblo Mágico (“Magical Town”). Normally it is a place where the...
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The Cautionary Instruction: Predicting crime is fine, predicting criminals ... not so fast

The Cautionary Instruction: Predicting crime is fine, predicting criminals ... not so fast | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Predictive analytics has made its way into the criminal justice system through the use of assessments to predict future risk. U.S. Attorney General Er...
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UPS Data Breach: 7 Vital Security Lessons Learned

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The UPS Store, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, reported finding the infected systems Aug. 20. The stores affected represented about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 U.S. franchises.
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'Frozen Ground' serial killer Hansen dead

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Serial killer Robert Hansen died early Thursday morning, the Department of Corrections confirmed.
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Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us

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The results of two autopsies of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a St. Louis police officer on Aug. 9, can't provide crucial information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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Cultural ties may help prevent suicide, experts say

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Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.
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Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday

Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Skipping a few hours of sleep here and there, or even on a regular basis,
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South Pasadena Alleged School Massacre Plot Foiled

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Two Southern California male teenagers were being held in juvenile hall today after an investigation by authorities using social media discovered the two were in the early stages of a plot to allegedly commit a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School. “It was a very viable threat what they were plotting,” said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller. “They were making a huge plan of a school massacre. … During our interviews with the suspects, they, more or less, confirmed what they had talked about, very cold-heartedly.” Miller said the suspects, whom police did not identify, were 16 and…
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The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade

The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Fugitive sex offender beats to death two Washington men ‘grooming boys for sex,’ cops say 

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A convicted rapist has admitted to Washington state police that he killed his two roommates because the men were plotting to have sex with boys, authorities said.
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Why BMI is a big fat scam

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Body mass index is used to sell weight loss drugs, set insurance premiums, and counsel patients. There's just one little problem.
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BMI was arbitrarily lowered by a committee funded by weight loss drug companies...is this white collar crime or just rent-seeking behavior?

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An Oklahoma program treats juvenile sex offenders as kids, not criminals | Al Jazeera America

An Oklahoma program treats juvenile sex offenders as kids, not criminals | Al Jazeera America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Shedding the stigma and reducing recidivism through support, education and therapy – not prison time

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Do gut bacteria control your mind? | KurzweilAI

Do gut bacteria control your mind? | KurzweilAI | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Bacteria within you — which outnumber your own cells about 100 times — may be affecting both your cravings and moods to get you to eat what they want, and may be driving you toward obesity.

 

That’s the conclusion of an article published this week in the journal BioEssays by researchers from UC San Francisco,Arizona State University and University of New Mexico from a review of the recent scientific literature.

 

How your gut microbiome may control you

The diverse community of microbes, collectively known as the gut microbiome, influence human eating behavior and dietary choices to favor consumption of the particular nutrients they grow best on, rather than simply passively living off whatever nutrients we choose to send their way.Some bacterial species prefer fat, and others sugar, for instance. They vie with each other for food and to retain a niche within their ecosystem — your digestive tract — and they also often have different aims than you do when it comes to your own actions.Bacteria may influence your decisions by releasing signaling molecules into your gut. Because the gut is linked to the immune system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system, those signals could influence your physiologic and behavioral responses — and health.Bacteria may be acting through the vagus nerve, which connects 100 million nerve cells from the digestive tract to the base of the brain, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make you feel bad, and releasing chemical rewards to make you feel good.Certain strains of bacteria increase anxious behavior (in mice).Some strains of bacteria cause stomach cancer and perhaps other cancers. 

What you can do (with medical guidance)

Make changes in what you eat. There are measurable changes in the microbiome within 24 hours of diet change, evolving on the time scale of minutes.Take appropriate probiotics. One study showed a drink containing Lactobacillus casei improved mood in those who were feeling the lowest.Kill targeted species with specific antibiotics.Acquire specialized bacteria that digest your favorite foods. (Bacteria that digest seaweed are found in humans in Japan, where seaweed is popular in the diet.)See previous KurzweilAI posts on gut bacteria

 

The co-authors’ study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Bonnie D. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.

 

 


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Jim Manske's curator insight, August 22, 1:50 PM

On our trip to Korea two years ago, I started eating Kimchi regularly.  (There are hundreds of varieties of Kimchi consumed there other than the cabbage Kimchi commonly found in some US grocery stores.)  

 

I noticed an almost immediate positive effect on my digestive process as I increased the probiotic supply.  Now, I wonder what other effects the members of my "biome" may be influencing.  And I am grateful that we have learned to make our own kimchi, and our refrigerator has an abundance in the moment!

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Wyoming cop charged with animal cruelty after death of K9 dog left in hot squad car

Wyoming cop charged with animal cruelty after death of K9 dog left in hot squad car | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Black Labrador Nyx died of heat stroke in July after being locked in a patrol car outside a Mills, Wyo., police station for about five hours as temperatures jumped from 53 that morning to at least 86 degrees.
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Suspects traded hostage for cigarettes in Harvey, Illinois standoff, police say

Suspects traded hostage for cigarettes in Harvey, Illinois standoff, police say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities say negotiations with two suspects accused of holding eight people hostage in Harvey, Ill. earlier this week were bizarre
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Ferguson injustice: Cop deaths denied equal treatment by Obama, news media

Ferguson injustice: Cop deaths denied equal treatment by Obama, news media | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The response by law enforcement to protesters in Ferguson, Mo., is being criticized for its level of force and use of military-style equipment. We've labeled the weapons and gear being used by police in these photos from Ferguson.
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5 reasons Americans are unhappy

Why people living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world are glum
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Durkheim, Marx, and Weber all had variations of the idea of "alienation", a better explanation that the article gives, but perhaps each of these 5 reasons is a symptom of "alienation", "anomie", "the Iron Cage of Bureaucracy".  Also, see Alberto Guerreiro Ramos' excellent analysis on the subject in the seminal "The New Science of Organizations: a reexamination of the wealth of nations", 1984 Univ. of Toronto Press.

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Ferguson business owners aren't counting on police protection

Ferguson business owners aren't counting on police protection | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Many say they have little confidence that the police, despite their numbers, will be effective in stopping their stores from being looted and vandalized.
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What a grand jury will look for in the Michael Brown shooting

What a grand jury will look for in the Michael Brown shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“He has everything he needs to make an arrest,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Brown family, told msnbc Tuesday. “If he’s going to do it, it’s up to him.”
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What kind of prison might the inmates design?

What kind of prison might the inmates design? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto).
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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression. 
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LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students | Al Jazeera America

LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students | Al Jazeera America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Critics say policy created 'school-to-prison pipeline' that unfairly targeted minorities, lessened chances of graduation
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