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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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

Fitness-industry darling Peloton launched its Internet-enabled smart stationary bike—the company’s very first commercial product—just 4 years ago. In that short time, it quickly amassed a legion of dedicated—even cultish—fans who regularly tune in to participate in live and on-demand cycling lessons with professional trainers and compete with other cyclists around the world. This year at CES, the Manhattan-based brand officially expanded its unique, tech-driven exercise platform to treadmills with the aptly named Tread. Like its forbearer, the treadmill is equipped with a large 32-inch touchpad that can stream live classes—at least 10 are held daily—with…

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This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

Don’t let your Google Docs-loving friends tell you otherwise – Microsoft Office is still the king of the professional world. If you want to be a top performer in the office, you need to have a solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite. These programs can be challenging to learn, but there’s a new collection of online classes that’s great for newbies and experienced users alike: The Complete Microsoft Office Certification Bundle. This four-course collection gives you 20 hours of instruction in Excel, PowerPoint, and Access so you can not only learn the…

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Start a new career in data science with these online classes

Start a new career in data science with these online classes

Every time you do something online — whether it’s shopping, searching Google, downloading apps, or more — leaves a trail of data that’s rife with patterns and trends. The trick is being able to sort through it all. That’s too big of a job for just Dave the data guy, and thus, the importance of data science teams has exploded in recent years. It’s really no surprise that data science is quickly emerging as one of the fastest growing fields out there — and skilled analytics professionals, who know how…

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3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

One major difference between traditional and online education is the amount of face-to-face interaction among students and faculty. In a classroom, students engage with their instructor in person on a regular basis, while an online program primarily connects instructors and learners virtually. Some online degree programs address that lack of face-to-face interaction by implementing live, or synchronous, class sessions. Instructors teach in real time, and multiple students communicate and participate through videoconferencing. Student attendance in live online courses may or may not be required. Live online courses enable students and instructors to communicate seamlessly…

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15 Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Year

15 Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Year

he phrase “new year, new you” is a mantra that many of us repeat to ourselves once the clock strikes midnight on January 1. Making that a reality, however, is easier said than done. But if your goal is to improve your art and photography abilities, or grow your business in a meaningful way, we can help. We’ve selected a variety of creative online learning from sites like CreativeLive, Craftsy, and Brit + Co. They offer you thousands of ways to build your skills from the comfort of your own home—and on your own…

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3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

One major difference between traditional and online education is the amount of face-to-face interaction among students and faculty. In a classroom, students engage with their instructor in person on a regular basis, while an online program primarily connects instructors and learners virtually. Some online degree programs address that lack of face-to-face interaction by implementing live, or synchronous, class sessions. Instructors teach in real time, and multiple students communicate and participate through videoconferencing. Student attendance in live online courses may or may not be required. Live online courses enable students and instructors to communicate seamlessly…

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UF Offers Online Classes To Displaced Puerto Rico Students

UF Offers Online Classes To Displaced Puerto Rico Students

It was 6:15 a.m. on Sept. 20 when Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico. Pedro Vega Agosto stayed in his home in Caguas, Puerto Rico as hurricane winds shook the entire house and rain beat on the roof. “It was a real experience — a terrifying experience,” said the 20-year-old accounting major from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Agosto was heartbroken by the damage he encountered outside after the worst of it had passed. “It was like waking up to a whole new Puerto Rico,” he said. While…

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Professors argue that EMU deal to boost online classes dilutes value of degree

Professors argue that EMU deal to boost online classes dilutes value of degree

Colleges and universities are seeking ways to reach more students, and bring in more money. One way to do that is to hire an outside company to market and support online programs. That company recruits students for online degrees branded with the name of that university. Among universities in our state, Michigan Tech and Michigan State University have arrangements like this for some classes. Professors at Eastern Michigan University, however, are pushing back against such an arrangement between EMU and a for-profit company called Academic Partnerships. Judith Kullberg, a professor of…

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