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blockchain against college admissions scandal

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-12-19-companies-say-blockchain-could-have-prevented-college-admissions-scandal

the service can be used for a variety of functions at schools and colleges, including verifying credentials, tracking donations and payments, or handling other student records.

a K-6 educational app called SpoonRead

Blockchain is a decentralized system where every record is linked and transparent, and any alterations leave a trail that supposedly can’t be hidden.

Some have questioned whether there is a need for blockchain in student records, considering that other kinds of encryption techniques already exist to protect and verify things like credentials.

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http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=blockchain+education

digital agility

Digital Agility: Embracing a Holistic Approach to Digital Literacy in the Liberal Arts

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/1/digital-agility-embracing-a-holistic-approach-to-digital-literacy-in-the-liberal-arts

A 2016 Pew Research Center study indicates that the digital divide in the United States is not solely about access to technology; it also is about the ability to use technology to get what we need.1 What does digital readiness mean; applying cumulative knowledge to real-world situations. Having a tech or STEM-related degree does not ensure digital readiness.

How Can We Encourage Digital Agility in the Liberal Arts?

Digital pedagogy often creates opportunities for instructors to create non-disposable assignments—assignments that are not designed to be thrown away but rather have a purpose past being required.3

“We need to marry the best of our academic work with the best of edtech. In other words, what would it look like if education technology were embedded in the everyday practice of academic disciplines?”4

Project-based learning fits well within the curricular flexibility of the liberal arts. In project-based work, students apply what they are learning in the context of an engaging experience.

Building off frameworks that are already in place, like the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy,

External-facing work offers students real situations where, if we imagine what digital agility looks like, they have to adjust to possible new digital environments and approaches.

Reflection provides a way for meaning-making to happen across individual assignments, projects, and classes. Without the chance to assemble assignments into a larger narrative, each experience lives in its own void.

How Can Institutions Build Systems-Level Support?

Liberal arts colleges in particular are interested in the ways they prepare graduates to be agile and critical in a digital world—as seen in the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Rubrics.

he Bryn Mawr Digital Competencies Framework5 was followed by more formal conversations and the formation of a working group (including Carleton College,

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more on digital fluency in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=digital+fluency

references w APA 7

Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style

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The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association streamlines the process of creating references in APA Style. It is now easier and more straightforward to create references for all works and to accurately and consistently attribute sources. Join members of the APA Style team as they provide an in-depth look at the simplified reference system by describing the rationale behind it, how to format references using it, and the ways in which references are easier to create because of it. The webinar will then answer one of the most frequently asked Style questions: how to cite a work found online. The APA Style experts will use real-life examples to walk through the process of creating references for a variety of common webpages and websites, including ones with missing or hard-to-locate information, found via a database, and needing electronic source information (DOIs, URLs, and retrieval dates).

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information gerrymandering

Information gerrymandering in social networks skews collective decision-making

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02562-z

https://www.facebook.com/mariana.damova/posts/10221298893368558

An analysis shows that information flow between individuals in a social network can be ‘gerrymandered’ to skew perceptions of how others in the community will vote — which can alter the outcomes of elections.

The Internet has erased geographical barriers and allowed people across the globe to interact in real time around their common interests. But social media is starting to compete with, or even replace, nationally visible conversations in print and on broadcast media with ad libitum, personalized discourse on virtual social networks3. Instead of broadening their spheres of association, people gravitate towards interactions with ideologically aligned content and similarly minded individuals.

n information gerrymandering, the way in which voters are concentrated into districts is not what matters; rather, it is the way in which the connections between them are arranged (Fig. 1). Nevertheless, like geographical gerrymandering, information gerrymandering threatens ideas about proportional representation in a democracy.

Figure 1 | Social-network structure affects voters’ perceptions. In these social networks, ten individuals favour orange and eight favour blue. Each individual has four reciprocal social connections. a, In this random network, eight individuals correctly infer from their contacts’ preferences that orange is more popular, eight infer a draw and only two incorrectly infer that blue is more popular. b, When individuals largely interact with like-minded individuals, filter bubbles arise in which all individuals believe that their party is the most popular. Voting gridlock is more likely in such situations, because no one recognizes a need to compromise. c, Stewart et al.1 describe ‘information gerrymandering’, in which the network structure skews voters’ perceptions about others’ preferences. Here, two-thirds of voters mistakenly infer that blue is more popular. This is because blue proponents strategically influence a small number of orange-preferring individuals, whereas orange proponents squander their influence on like-minded individuals who have exclusively orane-preferring contacts, or on blue-preferring individuals who have enough blue-preferring contacts to remain unswayed.

required books

Required reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world

Dec 7, 2016  + 

Required reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world

Afghanistan

Quran
Albania

Kronikë në gur (1971) by Ismail Kadare
Chronicle in Stone

Australia

Tomorrow, When the War Began (1993) by John Marsden

Austria

Faust (1787) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bosnia; Serbia

Na drini ćuprija (1945) by Ivo Andrić
The Bridge on the Drina

Brazil

Morte e vida Severina (1955) by João Cabral de Melo Neto
The Death of a Severino

Bulgaria

Under the Yoke (1894) by Ivan Vazov

Canada

The Wars (1977) by Timothy Findley

Chile

Sub Terra (1904) by Baldomero Lillo

China

Analects by Confucius

Colombia

Cien años de Soledad (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez
100 Years of Solitude

Cyprus

The Murderess (1903) by Alexandros Papadiamantis

Egypt

The Days (1935) by Taha Hussein

Finland

Seitsemän veljestä (1870) by Aleksis Kivi
Seven Brothers

Germany

Tagebuch der Anne Frank (1947)
The Diary of Anne Frank

Ghana; Nigeria

Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe

Indonesia

Laskar Pelangi (2005) by Andrea Hirata
Rainbow Troop

India

Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth (1927-1929) by Mohandas K. Gandhi

Iran

Poems by writers such as HafizSa’AddiFerdowsiRumi and Khayyam

Ireland

Ice Man: the Adventures of an Irish Antarctic Hero (2010) by Michael Smith

Italy

I Promessi Sposi (1827) by Alessandro Manzoni
The Betrothed

Pakistan

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) by Mohsin Hamid

Philippines

Noli Me Tangere (1887) by Jose Rizal
Touch Me Not

Russia

War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy

US

To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

Vietnam

Truyện Kiều (1820) by Nguyễn Du

The Tale of Kiu, the poem

 

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