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How Obama Opened His Heart to the ‘Muslim World’

How Obama Opened His Heart to the ‘Muslim World’ | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
And got it stomped on. Israel’s former ambassador to the United States on the president’s naiveté as peacemaker, blinders to terrorism, and alienation of allies.
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John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war

John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
A new orthodoxy, led by Steven Pinker, holds that war and violence in the developed world are declining. The stats are misleading, argues John Gray – and the idea of moral progress is wishful thinking and plain wrong
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Global Presence 2015

This year’s edition of the Elcano Global Presence Index ranks 80 countries according to the extent to which they are currently ‘out there’, participating in and shaping the process of globalization. Given that this index reflects mainly structural trends rather than short-term events, it comes as no surprise that there are virtually no changes within the top 10 positions of the 2014 ranking in relation to the previous year. The only relevant change is that the United Kingdom climbs one position to claim 2nd place, leaving Germany in 3rd. As a result, the new top 5 starts with the United States (leading the ranking since 1990), followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and France. It should be noted, however, that the up-scaling of the British position responds in large part to a massive sale of gold to Switzerland in 2013; probably a one-time event, and one that might be insufficient for holding the country at its current position in future editions of the index.

 

The report also contains the contributions of Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Mario Esteban and Ángel Badillo, all of them Senior Analysts at the Elcano Royal Institute.

 

Contents:

1. Slower globalization and a re-concentration of global presence. Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia.
2. From global to local: the architecture of the European Union's external projection. Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia.
3. Europe's global economic presence vis-à-vis the emerging markets. Miguel Otero Iglesias.
4. The role of Asia in globalization: much more than just China and economics. Mario Esteban.
5. A comparative anañysis of foreign-policy strategies and global presence: the cases of Australia and South Africa. Carola García-Calvo.
6. Measuring soft presence through news wire services. Ángel Badillo y Manuel Gracia.
7. Methodological annex.

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The MOOC Where Everybody Learned – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The MOOC Where Everybody Learned – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it

Some MOOC skeptics believe that the only students fit to learn in massive open online courses are those who are already well educated. Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-prepared students will not learn a thing.

 

Not so, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

The researchers analyzed data from a physics course that MIT offered on the edX platform in the summer of 2013. They found that students who had spent significant time on the course showed evidence of learning no matter what their educational background.

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Coursera improves online education using -- you guessed it -- data

Coursera improves online education using -- you guessed it -- data | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
Coursera uses data on clicks and response to emails to see how engagement with course content changes, co-founder Andrew Ng said at an IBM event today.
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Why Online Classes Might Not Be Good for Developing Countries

Why Online Classes Might Not Be Good for Developing Countries | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in the New America Foundation’s Weekly Wonk. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.
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For Upstart Learning-Management Company, an Educause Moment - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Upstart Learning-Management Company, an Educause Moment - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it

On Thursday the Campus Computing Project announced the results ofits annual survey of campus-technology use. Part of the survey tracks the market positions of companies that provide learning-management systems to colleges. Instructure’s system, Canvas, clocked in with an 8-percent share of the learning-management market—up from 6 percent last year and 1 percent in 2011.

 

At Educause, peacocking is common among ed-tech vendors. Instructure’s display is about 25 yards from that of Blackboard, which dropped from 45 to 41 percent of the learning-management market this year, according to the Campus Computing Project.

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Traditional Education Beats Online in Key Areas, Opinion Poll Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Traditional Education Beats Online in Key Areas, Opinion Poll Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it

In early October, Gallup asked two groups, each composed of more than 1,000 adults, whether they thought “online education is better” in a series of categories. In terms of “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and “good value for the money,” online education got slightly better scores than traditional classroom-based education.

 

But online education scored much worse in four areas: in delivering “instruction tailored to each individual,” in providing “high-quality instruction from well-qualified instructors,” in offering “rigorous testing and grading that can be trusted,” and—finally, worst of all—in dispensing “a degree that will be viewed positively by employers.”

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Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator's tactics

Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator's tactics | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
Only six years ago, President Vladimir Putin visited the Polish port of Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that threw off Soviet domination, and reassured his Eastern European neighbors that Russia had only friendly intentions.
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The BRICS Summit: A shadow of the former self it never was

The BRICS Summit: A shadow of the former self it never was | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
The BRICS are gathering in Ufa, Russia on July 9 for their seventh annual Summit. When this group came into being, in the turbulent days of the global financial crisis, it was heralded both as the future of economic growth and as a new grouping that was set to challenge the West for the leadership of the international order. How things have changed.
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Report Card on International Cooperation, 2014-2015

Report Card on International Cooperation, 2014-2015 | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it

Global think tank leaders grade the world's performance and prospects for 2015.

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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
Apple’s leader limited his children’s screen time, and a surprising number of other technology executives do too.
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Amazon.com: Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption eBook: Jeffrey R. Young: Kindle Store

Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption - Kindle edition by Jeffrey R. Young. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone?

If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone? | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger.
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Ed tech highlights: 10 things to note from Educause 2013

Ed tech highlights: 10 things to note from Educause 2013 | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it
From MOOCs and SPOCs to analytics and personalization, these 10 new and recent developments stood out at Educause 2013.
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cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences

cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences | "Must Read": Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Scoop.it

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

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