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10 ways MOOCs have forced Universities into a rethink

MOOCs have made us think. As one of the most fascinating developments in higher education in my lifetime, they are,in many ways, a pioneer of a more …

Teacher Education, K-12 Education and the Massive Open Online Course

Presentation at the 44th Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference by Dave Cormier and Bonnie Stewart. A review of MOOCs from their coining in 2008 to practical uses in the field of Higher Education. Discusses MOOC narratives of solutionism, disruption and unbundling. Includes …

The top 25 cities for the future

By 2050, approximately two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, up from just over half right now.<p>That demographic shift means that it's especially important for urban centers to start preparing for the future through infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, …

Smart Cities

Are you a terrorist, an academic, or a poker player? This startup says it can tell from your face

Philip K. Dick’s science fiction short story, “The Minority Report,” foresaw a future in which prescient mutants can predict and prevent crimes, and …

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 humans with robots in China

The first wave of robots taking over human jobs is upon us.<p>Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.30% supplier Foxconn Technology Co. 2354, +0.65% has replaced 60,000 …

The Future

Science says parents of unsuccessful kids could have these 9 things in common

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world.<p>There are so many things that can affect a child's success, including socioeconomic status, the environment they live in, and their parents' education level.<p>Though it can be difficult for studies to determine what parenting techniques are ideal …

Parenting

South Korean men get the make-up habit

<b>South Korean men have a particular kind of image - hard-drinking, hard-working and prepared to fight bravely for their country. But now major cosmetics companies are seeing a different side to Korean manhood - a growing interest in skincare products, and even foundation.</b><p>Two years of compulsory …

Japanese artificial intelligence passes university exams

Japanese artificial intelligence passes university exams (but still can't quite get into the country's top school)<p><b>Artificial intelligence has scored</b> …

Australian far right group ‘used me for propaganda’

<b>As a young girl Rahila Haidary defied the Afghan Taliban by dressing up as a boy to attend school. Now settled in Australia, this is the story of what happened when she confronted the far right United Patriots Front.</b><p>When anti-Islam movement Reclaim Australia held rallies across Australia on 22 …

Religion

I was a 23-year-old guy at a 4,000-person Chinese singles party

Shanghai’s seventh annual “Love and Marriage Expo” was held in Aima Palace, in the northeastern suburb of Baoshan—the district where I live. The palace and surrounding park were designed to hold Western-style wedding ceremonies, but on this October day, over 4,000 single people under 40 were …

Relationships

Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?

<b>"We decided to open the railway early because of the drought, the worst in decades," says Getachew Betru, chief executive of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC).</b><p>It is a Saturday, but this thoughtful, intelligent man is busy working. Except for the guards at the gate, nobody else is at the …

Africa

This computer algorithm promises to help you find your perfect place to live

According to Elon Musk, in three to five years, we’ll most likely overcome most of the technical challenges for fully autonomous cars. Although it will take many more years to overcome the regulatory friction of getting those cars on the street, it is quite feasible that in terms of computational …

Artificial Intelligence

Doctor who? The celebrities who became instant academics

<b>Singer Ed Sheeran is just one of the latest in a long line of celebrities to pick up an honorary degree for "outstanding contributions" in their field. But should the rich and famous be handed academic plaudits on a silver platter?</b><p>What do Dannii Minogue, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir David Attenborough …

Alex Ferguson

Why ISIS Looks Very Different Today Than A Month Ago

The Islamic State's claim of responsibility for a trio of major attacks, including the assault on Paris, has led to a rapid reassessment of the extremist group and its aspirations.<p>Until a couple of weeks ago, ISIS appeared focused on building its self-declared caliphate, or Islamic empire, in its …

How equal are you?

<b>Type your country into the search box to find out how it ranks for gender equality</b>. The figures are based on the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual Global Gender Gap report, which measures countries according to where women are more likely to be able to participate fully in political and economic …

World Economic Forum

What Students And Teachers Really Think About Computer Science In Schools

The good, the bad and the disappointing.<p>Teachers who work at the poorest schools are more likely to think that computer science is vital to their students’ futures, but are less likely to think their school boards agree, a new survey released Tuesday reveals.<p>The survey was conducted by Gallup on …

School Administration

Teach your kids to code with this neat Minecraft lesson

Minecraft, which innocently started out as a vast open-world block-based game, is probably the closest thing to crack cocaine for kids. Its popularity with the grade school set is likely what helped it become one of the best-selling games of all time, turned the game’s developers, Mojang, into a …

Neat

London's 'walk the Tube' map reveals the real distance between stations

Londoners know it, but not all visitors do: sometimes it's quicker to walk than take the tube. The official London Underground map — designed by Harry Beck in 1933 and arguably the most recognizable transit map in the world — is a masterpiece of compressed design, but this can also make it …

A Refresher on Regression Analysis

You probably know by now that whenever possible you should be making data-driven decisions at work. But do you know how to parse through all of the data available to you? The good news is that you likely don’t have to do the number crunching yourself (hallelujah!) but you do need to correctly …

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Artificial Intelligence

The man who made 'the world's first personal computer'

<b>When the definitive history of the personal computer is written, familiar and historic names such as Olivetti, Apple, IBM, will all be given recognition for their innovations of the 1960s and 1970s.</b><p>But will future generations remember visionary John Blankenbaker, and his ground-breaking invention, …

Personal Computers

Malala Yousafzai: Her father's daughter

<b>It's been three years since the name Malala Yousafzai entered the collective consciousness, when the then unknown 15-year-old Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban for defying their ban on female education in the country's Swat Valley.</b><p>Her subsequent fight for survival and renewed vigour on …

Is your job threatened by robots? Martin Ford has the answer

<i>This article was first published in the November 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

What Are Little Coders Made of?

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p><i>This guest article is from Gregg Pollack, founder and CEO of Code School.</i><p>Every parent dreams of their children turning into …

Korea's hidden problem: Suicidal defectors

<b>All over the world, people flee in their millions from tyrannous regimes, but how often do they find the better life they were hoping for? In South Korea, statistics indicate that a startling number of defectors from the North end up taking their own lives.</b><p>You always hear of the celebrity …

North Korea

Alzheimer's disease: Online brain training 'improves daily lives of over-60s'

Researchers discover that cognitive training‬‬ can help with tasks such as using public transport, shopping, cooking and managing finances<p>Playing online games that exercise reasoning and memory skills could have major benefits for older people, a wide-scale study has found.<p>Researchers at King's …

The Future of Work? People.

It's been a while now since the hot topic around has become "the future of work." <i>Digital</i> is gone, <i>economic crisis</i> is gone, <i>(lean) startups</i> are gone, and we're now collectively thinking about what <i>work itself</i> will look like in 10 or 20 years from now.<p>The question seems to be "what factors will drive …

Why is hi-tech Japan using cassette tapes and faxes?

<b>Japan has a reputation for being fascinated by robots and hi-tech gadgets - a nation at the forefront of manufacturing innovation.</b><p>But the technological reality in many offices is strikingly different.<p>This is a country that uses people to do the work of traffic lights and where big-name companies …

Japan

No vote, no candidates: Myanmar's Muslims barred from their own election

Photograph: Thomas Cristofoletti for the Guardian<p>Win Mya Mya, vice-president of NLD in Mandalay, is not a candidate in the upcoming elections because she is a Muslim.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/abd7523c15db5670487bc972eb3413950c23b5b7/0_161_4000_2402/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Thomas …

Why young adults are waiting to grow up

<b>Young people all over the world are struggling to save enough money to move out of their parents' homes, get married and raise families. No longer children, but not yet regarded as adults, they are stuck in a period of "waithood".</b><p>"When you get married in Egypt or other places in the region, your …