A fascinating article on the Forbes blog describes the transition from ‘ideal teaching’ to a more online-supported teaching era, complimented by Moore’s Law. Gordon Moore, the author of Moore’s Law, proposed computing power will become cheaper and faster every 18 months… and he’s been accurate thus far!
“Moore’s Law is finally making its presence felt in education, too.”
This trend is most prevalent with massive, open, online courses (or MOOCs for short). The fastest growing of which is Coursera, lead by Daphne Koller. With over 22 million students enrolled in Coursera, online education has become a rapidly growing industry. Thanks to “very cheap bandwidth and a lot of machine learning, we can finally do Moore’s Law in education,” said Koller.
Moore’s Law has been accurate for nearly 50 years; however its ever-growing future is unknown.
To get a clearer definition of “cheating” and how schools can change the “cheat to compete” mentality, watch this video. (Breakdown below)
- How students cheat? (0:00 – 0:52)
- The Data: Survey of students who cheat (0:53 – 1:03)
- Why are students cheating? (1:04 – 2:05)
- Culture of Compromised Ethics (2:06 – 2:38)
- How can we change this culture of cheating? (Case study) (2:39 – 11:21)
I came across this frightening article on edutopia regarding frequency of cheating in secondary and post-secondary education.
“80 to 95 percent of high school students admit to engaging in some form of cheating.”
Cheating is a serious offence, especially in post-secondary education, and institutions clearly outline the punishments to discourage cheating. Yet, students still resort to copying from a classmate’s paper, sneaking a cheat sheet into an exam, using their cellphone or other technology to get ahead, or discretely writing test answers on their skin. Surprisingly, most students realize what they’re doing is wrong but they justify their actions because “it’s cheat or be cheated.”
Have you ever wondered what determines if an individual is academically and/or professionally successful? One would assume intelligence, time management skills, or wealth are all possible factors… but surprisingly those don’t take the top spot. Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, just might have the answer. Check out this 6-minute TED Talk to hear her story.
What are your thoughts?
- Do you think passion and perseverance are crucial for success?
- Do you think there is a more important factor for success?
- Can you think of anyone who embodies this factor?
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Tagged Academic, Angela Lee Duckworth, College, Grit, Intelligence, IQ, Passion, Perseverance, Post-Secondary, Professional, Psychology, Success, TED, Time Management, University, Wealth
I wanted to share an alarming report from California’s Department of Finance that suggests “over the past two decades spending per prisoner in California has increased nearly three times faster than spending per K-12 student.”
The first question that comes to mind after reading this report is “Why are we prioritizing the care of law-breakers over the education of our youth?” If more K-12 students received high-quality education one could assume they would be less likely to commit crime, and more likely to propose crime preventative measures later in their life.
After reading 6 Reasons America Spends More on Prisons Than on Higher Education it has become apparent politics plays an important role in this budget decision. It is easier to get elected, from a politician’s perspective, if you persuade society with crime-related initiatives. In addition, politicians can move more of the cost of higher education on students while the same cannot be said for prisons and prisoners.
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Tagged America, Budget, California, Crime, Education, higher education, K-12, Politics, Prison, Prisoners, Youth
Source: Queen’s University Career Services
Employers look for a variety of skills in potential candidates. Depending on the job, these skills may be very technical in nature, but quite often include common “soft skills.” Many job seekers overlook highlighting their soft skills when applying for a job. The Purple Briefcase Blog discusses the value of your soft skills and how to highlight them during your job application.
According to Aol Jobs, the top 10 soft skills job hunters are looking for are:
- Strong Work Ethic
- Positive Attitude
- Good Communication Skills
- Time Management Abilities
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Acting as a Team Player
- Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism
- Working Well Under Pressure
From personal experience, I’ve always found it useful to carefully review the job posting and job description before applying to a position. To make your application stand out, tailor your resume and cover letter based on the key words and skills employers include in their job posting. If all goes well, you should be prepared to tell hiring managers of how you have effectively used those skills in the interview.
March 25, 2014 in Students
Tagged Business, College, Communication, cover letter, Employer, Employment, Job Search, Learning, Problem-Solving, resume, Self-Confidence, Soft Skills, Teamwork, Time Management, University, Work Ethic