Free online courses phased out to focus on smaller, revenue-producing programs

Free online courses phased out to focus on smaller, revenue-producing programs

Two free online courses that GW has offered for nearly five years were phased out this summer, officials said. The classes – a business school course about the Federal Reserve and a law school course about patent law – were nixed this summer after first launching in 2012. Officials said the courses were “outdated” and the cuts fall in line with GW’s online learning strategy, which has shifted in recent years to focus on smaller courses. University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said massive, open online courses are not a focus of GW’s…

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Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

The social and economic problems related to acquisition of private property have gained much media attention in recent years. The debates have shown that government decisions over property are not the last word. However, what has been far less stated is how the government deals with lands that are not under individual ownership. Coastal common lands A big part of India’s development story unfolds in what is called common lands, popularly known as the ‘commons’. They come in myriad forms such as forests, grasslands, riverbeds or wetlands and have been…

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Indian institutes pay heed when foreigners point out flaws but ignore our researchers

Indian institutes pay heed when foreigners point out flaws but ignore our researchers

Interestingly, Indians are not bad at spotting bugs but are just wary. Indian hackers have topped bug bounty charts of Facebook, Uber, Google and others. BENGALURU: Indian ethical hackers are reaching out to Baptiste Robert, a French cyber researcher, to alert firms of flaws in their online assets as they fear local laws in the country does not give them protection for calling out such vulnerabilities. Organisations such as Bharat Sanchar Nigam(BSNL), the India Post and Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have fixed those flaws after Baptiste Robert flagged the chinks in their…

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Make a career out of hospitality

Make a career out of hospitality

Illustration: Raj Verma Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, Gurgaon According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 2017 Global Impact Report, one in 10 of the jobs worldwide fall under the travel and tourism umbrella. Only last year, the travel and tourism industry as a whole outperformed the global economy-for the sixth year in a row. Over the next decade, travel and tourism is set to successfully continue its rapid expansion, overtaking global economic sectors including communications, manufacturing, retail and distribution, as well as financial…

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5 Steps to Restart Online College After Failing, Dropping Out

5 Steps to Restart Online College After Failing, Dropping Out

Picking up the pieces and restarting an online bachelor’s program following an unsuccessful first attempt is difficult but admirable. Returning to an online college may also still be the best path to academic recovery as a working adult. Here are five steps to take if you’re ready to return as an online student after previously failing or dropping out of an online undergraduate program. Be sure to also consult an adviser with questions along the way. 1. Assess what went wrong the first time around: Learn from your previous mistakes. Students who fail or drop out…

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Bajrang Dal rolls out recruitment drive to mark Babri Masjid demolition anniversary

Bajrang Dal rolls out recruitment drive to mark Babri Masjid demolition anniversary

To mark the 25th year of the Babri Masjid demolition, the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has started a recruitment drive among youth. The programme will go on till December 6, the day when the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished in 1992. Hindutva outfits led by the RSS celebrate the day as “Shaurya Diwas”. Camps across U.P. The Bajrang Dal is holding camps across Uttar Pradesh to attract youth. A pamphlet distributed by the outfit in a camp in Ballia district in Purvanchal appeals to youth to join…

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EdTech: Big Data, Virtual Reality & Five Online Learning Trends To Look Out For

EdTech: Big Data, Virtual Reality & Five Online Learning Trends To Look Out For

©Jacob Ammentorp Lund The days of whiteboards and ink cartridges are over. Developments in educational technology – or edtech – are revolutionizing the business school experience. Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are in classrooms. Big data-crunching devices give students live feedback on their progress. And, with flexibility in high demand, more and more learning is being delivered online. In July 2016, the Online MBA offered by Birmingham Business School became the first 100%-online MBA to be accredited by AMBA. Its Online MSc International Business is set to follow suit. Today, online learning is increasingly seen as…

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Jese loaned out by PSG, looks to relaunch career at Stoke City

Jese loaned out by PSG, looks to relaunch career at Stoke City

By: AP | Published:August 16, 2017 8:29 pm Jese will play out wide and is viewed as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who left Stoke City this off season to join West Ham United. (Source: AP) in England after leaving Paris Saint-Germain to become the latest Champions League winner at Stoke on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Jese joined Stoke on a season-long loan after failing to settle at PSG following his move from Real Madrid for a reported 25 million euros ($29 million) in August 2016. He spent the second half of last season…

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IGNOU to Set Up 5000 Digital Learning Centres | Check Out the Details

IGNOU to Set Up 5000 Digital Learning Centres | Check Out the Details

India’s most prestigious The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is soon likely to set up 5000 Digital learning centres across India. The university is contemplating on starting  5,000 special student centres for digital learning which will be governed by the leadership of the regional directors, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU. IGNOU sets up 5000 digital learning centres The new soon to be launched 5000 digital learning centres of IGNOU will also be located in the rural and the semi rural areas across India while the government of India has already started creating…

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Dropping out of university was the best career decision I ever made

Dropping out of university was the best career decision I ever made

I wish I could say I knew the exact moment when I decided to drop out of university. My sixth form, like many others, prioritised going to university above any other path, so with little knowledge about other options, I applied to study journalism. I thought I was going to take the usual route into the profession: a degree, perhaps a master’s or an NCTJ followed by a series of internships and finally – hopefully – a staff job. Instead, I left the course after the first year because I…

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