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Penn’s Dr. Susan Davidson on Women in STEM and New Trajectories...

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Over the past decade, computer science has gone from a topic for specialists to an essential tool for professionals in nearly every field. Dr. Susan Davidson of the University of Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of this sea change, including co-founding one of the first research centers for bioinformatics in the country. In this…

Lwando Simane: “Alison can help transform dreams into a reality.”

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“My name is Lwando Simane. I am a kind and friendly person and I love having people around me. I am always willing to help if I can. I am a hard worker and a go-getter who is passionate about his work. I have found Alison to be the best school I have ever been…

Word + Quiz: pulchritudinous

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pulchritudinous ˌpəl-krə-ˈtüd-nəs adjective : having great physical beauty (used only to describe people) _________ The word pulchritudinous has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past four years, including on March 30, 2017, in the theater review “Pathos Times Two: A Double Dose of Inge, in Close Quarters” by Elisabeth Vincentelli: In…

2020 Ultimate Blog Planner

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We all know that running a successful blog takes careful planning and ample promoting. Throw in sponsors, affiliates, mailing lists, guest posts, tracking stats, giveaways, and taking pictures and blogging quickly becomes a full-time job! With so many balls in the air, it can often be hard to keep track of everything and stay organized.…

Word + Quiz: stolid

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stolid ˈstä-ləd adjective: having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited_________The word stolid has appeared in 17 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 24 in “The Evening News Is Back” by John Koblin:Sober and straightforward, evening news programs were a chief information delivery system for…

2019 Turkey Awards

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Welcome. Welcome to the annual Turkey Awards. Last year’s 2018 Awards were all the rage.  Truly coveted by those in the know, who know, they really shouldn’t be in the e-learning industry.  In 2018, we also had the Worst Awards (after all, way too many best out there), but for 2019, the Turkey Awards combine…

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Word + Quiz: placate

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placate ˈplā-ˌkāt , ˈpla- verb : cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of _________ The word placate has appeared in 101 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 26 in “Helping an Estranged Family Reconnect” by Lori Gottlieb: Forgiveness is a tricky thing, in the way…

What’s Going On in This Graph? | Dec. 4, 2019

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This graph of the change in the number of violent crimes and the change in the number of undocumented immigrants for the period 2007 to 2016 appeared elsewhere on NYTimes.com. The data is from 180 metropolitan areas in the United States. Both the change in the number of violent crimes and the change in the…

Magnifying Glass

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What do you think this image is saying? Can you relate to it personally in any way? What is your opinion of its message? Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to see what this illustration is all about. Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt feature in this lesson…

What Role Does Religion Play in Your Life?

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In “Saying Goodbye to Hanukkah,” Sarah Prager writes about celebrating traditionally religious holidays without religion:Growing up, my sister and I ate our Hanukkah latkes next to stockings our mother had cross-stitched with depictions of Santa. The white flickering light from the menorah’s candles mixed with the glow of colorful electric lights on our locally cut…

Ask a Data Engineer: Warby Parker Edition 👓

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Codecademy’s very own Nick Duckwiler (left) and Ryan Tuck from Warby Parker (right) in our office. (📷: Mitch Boyer) Last month, Codecademy and Warby Parker came together to work on a special Learn SQL from Scratch Capstone Project. It was during this time when I met Ryan Tuck, a Data Engineer at Warby, who played…

Edraak, MOOC Platform for the Arabic-Speaking World, Crosses 2M Users

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Disclosure: To support our site, Class Central may be compensated by some course providers. February 5, 2019 1 minute read Comments Edraak, the MOOC platform for the Arabic-speaking world, now has over 2 million users and more than 4 million course enrollments.  Launched in 2014 by the Queen Rania Foundation, the platform has grown from…

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Tributes

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“Even the tiniest of tributes can express so much,” writes The Times in an article about “What Happens to Those Heartbreaking Tributes at the 9/11 Memorial,” like letters, teddy bears and flowers. Have you ever left a tribute like this somewhere — whether on a grave, at the site of a tragedy, or near a…

Most Popular Courses of 2020: A Year of Mental Health, Contract...

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By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera In 2020, a record number of people turned to online learning as a source of hope, growth, and resilience amid economic uncertainty, and campus and workplace disruptions. Since March, there were more than 69 million enrollments on Coursera—a roughly 430% increase compared to the same period last year.…

Word + Quiz: specious

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specious ˈspē-shəs adjective 1. plausible but false 2. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing _________ The word specious has appeared in 42 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 24 in the book review “Mental Illness Is All in Your Brain — or Is It?” by Jennifer Szalai: In an age…

Meet Abu KS – a Contract Publisher based in India

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  Experts from all over the world apply to publish courses with Alison. In order to meet this high level of demand, Alison employs Contract Publishers who transform expertise and knowledge into high quality courses. Last year, Alison invited 100 Graduates worldwide to train to become Contract Publishers. Abu is one of our Alison Graduates who went…
Finding a sense of community in your online learning journey

Finding a sense of community in your online learning journey

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By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera Being a successful online learner takes motivation, resilience, and independence. But during the COVID era, which has profoundly affected the way we live, work, and learn, the sense of isolation can feel particularly daunting. Community is important to so much of our lives. During your online learning journey,…

How Important Is Correct Spelling?

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Take a look at the photo and caption above. If you hadn’t been alerted to the misspelling of the word “responsibility” by the caption, do you think you would have noticed it on Australia’s new $50 bill? Do you think this error reflects poorly on the Australian government, or the citizens of Australia, in any…
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