Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study by education researchers suggests that the kind of subtle racial discrimination known as implicit bias found in brick and mortar classrooms may be present in online college classes. Researchers from Stanford, the University of California – Irvine and Vanderbilt University began by creating fictitious online student identities. They chose names that suggested racial and ethnic identity, such as Todd, Emily, Tyrone, Tanisha, Mei, Tao, Priyanka, and Samir. They then posted comments using those personas in class forums for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). “The names that had been assigned a…

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Protest against non-payment of salaries: Sinhgad Institutes ‘fail to keep promise’, staffers resume strike

Protest against non-payment of salaries: Sinhgad Institutes ‘fail to keep promise’, staffers resume strike

Nearly a month after teachers of the Sinhgad Institutes called off their “non co-operation” strike to protest the non-payment of salaries, the protest reared its head again. “The management of Sinhgad Institutes, which had promised to clear salary dues of over a year towards teachers, failed to meet their promise of payment by January 24,” a group of striking teachers said on Monday. They have refused to resume lectures “until full payment is received”. Meanwhile, the management has called off its popular festival — Sinhgad Karandak — an annual affair…

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Ryan School murder case: CBI questions Class 11 student, no evidence against bus conductor

Ryan School murder case: CBI questions Class 11 student, no evidence against bus conductor

Demonstrators protest outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon as they demand action against the school. File photo: PTI New Delhi: A Class 11 student who allegedly wanted the parent-teacher meeting and exams to be postponed has been apprehended in connection with the killing of a seven-year-old boy in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Wednesday. In a sensational twist to the case, the high school student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night for allegedly killing his junior inside the school,…

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Take strict action against illegal distance study centres, HC tells state

Take strict action against illegal distance study centres, HC tells state

The Gujarat High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed the state to strike down upon distance study centres that are being run without requisite permission from the state or local universities. The high court was of the opinion that it is the state’s responsibility to protect the interest of the students. The second division bench of justice MR Shah and justice BN Karia were hearing an appeal moved in 2016 by 12 aspiring candidates for the post of Vidhya Sahayaks. The qualification of the candidates, who had completed their MSc degree…

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Rural schools offered extra protection against closure

Rural schools offered extra protection against closure

Schools in rural areas are set to get more protection from closure under new rules published by the education secretary. They will be officially designated and listed to give them added protection with closure being a last resort. Kirsty Williams said it should only be considered once alternatives and impact on communities have been explored. Ms Williams said rural schools were “at the heart of community life” and should get “a fair hearing”. Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire are classed as the more rural of…

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Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the south of the city, the second biggest in Iraq, takes them within striking distance of Mosul airport. Fears have been voiced about the safety of many thousands of trapped civilians. The offensive was formally announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider…

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An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An activist who campaigned against the legacy of British empire builder Cecil John Rhodes is to become a beneficiary of the Victorian mining mogul’s bequest after being made a Rhodes Scholar. South African Joshua Nott, 23, was prominent in a successful 2015 campaign to remove a statue of Rhodes from the University of Cape Town, the BBC reports, arguing that Rhodes was a symbol of colonialism and a racist. During the campaign, Nott compared the presence of Rhodes’ statue at the University of Cape Town to displaying “a swastika in…

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High Court stays FIRs against colleges in scholarship scam

High Court stays FIRs against colleges in scholarship scam

NAGPUR: In a setback to the Special Task Force (STF) probing the multi-crore scholarship scam in Maharashtra colleges, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted interim stay on a police complaint lodged against two city colleges. A division bench comprising justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and justice Swapna Joshi restrained police officials from any coercive action against the two college managements till further orders. Bharat Tokalwar, president of Bhandara-based Dhyandeep Bahuddeshiya Shikshan Sanstha, which runs Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, and Shashikant Jambhulkar, president of Village Care Society, which manages National College…

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Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

The Obama administration announced sanctions Thursday against Russia’s intelligence services, while ejecting dozens of intelligence operatives from the U.S., as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the 2016 election. Using an executive order, Obama sanctioned the GRU and the FSB — two of Russia’s intelligence services as well as other entities and individuals associated with the GRU. The cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate the hack of its emails earlier this year the hacking came from the Fancy Bear…

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HC dismisses state government’s appeal against stay over recruitment procedure for 200 posts for UFDC

HC dismisses state government’s appeal against stay over recruitment procedure for 200 posts for UFDC

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand High court has dismissed the special appeal of the state government against the stay of single bench over recruitment procedure for 200 posts for Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation. Chief justice KM Joseph and VK Bisht considered the special appeal as premature. The judges directed the state government to appeal before the single bench in this case. Owing to this, the corporation has to cancel the examination to be held for the selection of the candidates on Monday. The petitioner Ripu Daman Singh and two other candidates moved…

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