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Updates to our React content

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Good news! We're updating our React curriculum with new lessons, projects, quizzes, and articles.Why?React is always changing! Since the original release of our React courses, new versions of React have been released, including features like Hooks. We are adding new content to cover those features, as well as improving our existing content for a better…

Do Moocs generate return on investment?

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Ang Davies, senior lecturer in clinical bioinformatics and genomics at the University of Manchester looks at the pros and cons of the University of Manchester’s recent clinical bioinformatics MOOC. Originally appeared in Times Higher Education.  Genomics, the study of people’s genetic make-up, is revolutionising healthcare. Expanding far beyond the field of clinical genetics, it is now being…

Lesson of the Day: ‘“Murder Hornets” in the U.S.: The Rush...

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Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations.In this lesson, you will learn why this insect is such a threat, what is being done to stop it, and why experts believe there is a short amount of time to…

Learning With: ‘A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate...

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2. Why is the fungus C. auris so tenacious and so difficult to eradicate, according to the article? 3. Explain, in your own words, how the overuse of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria and fungi like C. auris? How do germs evolve defenses to survive modern medicines? 4. Who is most vulnerable to “superbugs”…

Best Books?

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.The New York Times just published its list of 100 Notable Books of 2020 as well as the editors’ picks for the ten best of those books. What would go on your list of the best books…

Epic Explorations: Teaching the ‘Odyssey’ With The New York Times

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Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality. In the “Odyssey,” it is both a civic responsibility — serving the weary traveler who landed on the shores of one’s front door — and a spiritual duty, for it would always be entirely possible that the weary traveler could end up being a god in disguise. The…

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Clowns

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The Style section recently pointed out that, right now, clowns are everywhere — on social media, in the movies, on television, and even on fashion runways. So here’s a challenge: Write the opening paragraph of a story with a clown in it. It can be a true story, or one you make up, and your…

Musings from BETT 2020: what’s in it for the higher education sector?

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Author: Tom Rees-Davies, Educational Partnerships at FutureLearnWhat do robotic puppies, a double decker bus, and renowned Ted Talker Sugata Mitra all have in common? In the absence of an actual punchline, you may be unsurprised to hear that they were all star attractions at the recent BETT 2020 exhibition (‘star’ doing a lot of work on…

Word + Quiz: tableau

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tableau ˈta-ˌblō , ta-ˈblō noun1. any dramatic scene2. a group of models or motionless figures arranged as if in a painting_________The word tableau has appeared in 96 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 17 in “There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls” by Motoko Rich:NAGORO, Japan…

Train in Twilight

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 2021.What story does this image inspire for you? Where is this train heading? How important is its cargo? What is its cargo? Is the train carrying stowaways? Who is the conductor? What types of people live in the…

MOOC-Based iMBA to Replace On-Campus MBA

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On Friday, the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign announced that it will be ending its on-campus MBA programs in favor of its MOOC-based iMBA and other similar degree programs. The iMBA, which the University of Illinois delivers in partnership with Coursera, was announced in 2015 and began accepting students in…

Addressing Audience: Two Book Reviews

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As we explained in our piece covering the basics of review writing, not only is an “I” point of view “allowed” in cultural criticism, it is essential. Writers often directly address their audience, explaining how their own backgrounds or experiences with an artist, work, genre or topic influences their perspective. For example, this week, when…

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“Qué es y qué no es”: el sueño de René Descartes...

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El poder de las matemáticas reside en la forma en que su lenguaje y sus símbolos nos han permitido manipular el mundo. Pero durante siglos fue un mundo que seguía las reglas de Dios y la Iglesia. En el siglo XVII, emergió una nueva generación de intelectuales que no temía desafiar a la autoridad. Hubo…

Weekly News Quiz for Students: Historic Mayor, Final Four, Deadly Germ

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How well did you follow the news this past week? How many of these 10 questions can you get right?

Lesson of the Day: ‘Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to...

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here. Lesson Overview Featured Article: “Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike” Anxious about their future on a hotter planet and angry at world leaders for failing to arrest the crisis, masses of young people poured into the streets on every continent on…

MOOCWatch 21: China vs the World

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With one of our newest recruits being based in China, we are now able to share an insider’s perspective on the development of MOOCs in one of the world’s most influential nations. And it seems that MOOCs are as big in China as they are in the rest of the world combined. According to China’s…

MOOC-Based iMBA to Replace On-Campus MBA

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On Friday, the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign announced that it will be ending its on-campus MBA programs in favor of its MOOC-based iMBA and other similar degree programs. The iMBA, which the University of Illinois delivers in partnership with Coursera, was announced in 2015 and began accepting students in…

Lesson of the Day: ‘Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal...

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 2021.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds” by Shannon Stirone, Kenneth Chang and Dennis OverbyeAstronomers on Monday reported the detection of a chemical in the acidic Venusian clouds — phosphine — which…
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