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Back to School

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It’s back-to-school season. How do you feel about the start of a new school year? What are you most looking forward to? What are you nervous about? Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to find some strategies for transitioning back to school. Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt…

Word + Quiz: calico

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calico ˈka-li-ˌkō noun and adjectivenoun: coarse cloth with a bright printadjective: made of calico or resembling calico in being patternedadjective: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly_________The word calico has appeared in 16 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 10 in “Found in Maine: A 1-in-50 Million…

Helping universities and colleges take learning online in response to the...

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By Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO Coursera  The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most serious global health security threat in decades. In many countries, restrictions imposed by government agencies have disrupted daily routines for millions, including students. Many universities in the impacted regions have suspended face-to-face seminars, closed campuses, and are scrambling to find a…

5 key take-aways from the 2019 Election

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To the surprise of the nation, it was the Coalition that won over the majority of voters back in May, and is now in for a second term. Predictions had completely missed the mark in predicting a Labor win. For a campaign that waged a war on the high-earners and tax dodgers, as well as…

Learning With: ‘Chronicles of the Rings: What Trees Tell Us’

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Before reading the article: Trees can live without us, but we really cannot live without trees. They produce oxygen. They provide wood for our furniture and for the buildings in which we live. They bear fruit that we eat. And they are great to sit under and read. (Just to name a few things.) Did…
Helping Companies Respond to Employee Well-Being and Digital Readiness during COVID-19

Helping Companies Respond to Employee Well-Being and Digital Readiness during COVID-19

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By Leah Belsky, Chief Enterprise Officer, Coursera The spread of COVID-19 has profoundly affected the way companies operate. In a matter of days, organizations around the world transitioned millions of employees to remote working to keep their communities safe. How businesses respond during this crisis will have a lasting impact on employee engagement, productivity, and…

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Alison’s Coronavirus Course Translators: Hazhan Nuri

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To help the world combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Alison launched the course Coronavirus – What you need to know. In order to make sure that no one was excluded from accessing possibly life-saving information, Alison committed to translating the course into as many languages as possible. To achieve this ambitious goal, Alison reached out to its community of…

Word + Quiz: portend

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portend pȯr-ˈtend verb : indicate by signs _________ The word portend has appeared in 99 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 5 in “Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom” by Kevin Roose: When Apple lost more than $75 billion in market value this past week after a surprise announcement that…

EDUCAUSE 2019: What are students really looking for from higher education?

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Author: Holly Shiflett, Director, North American Partnerships at FutureLearn The annual EDUCAUSE conference was held in October in Chicago, Illinois. As many of you know, this event is one of the big IT events in the US and covers a vast array of different themes. For me, a key benefit of EDUCAUSE is having a…

Lesson of the Day: ‘800,000 Syrians Have Fled in Three Months....

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “800,000 Syrians Have Fled in Three Months. This Is What It Looks Like.”The Syrian government, backed by Russian forces, has accelerated its monthslong offensive to seize control of Idlib, the last province held by the opposition. Facing heavy bombardment of towns and villages, more than…

Our Fifth Annual Student Review Contest

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Contest Dates: Nov. 7, 2019 - Dec. 10, 2019 Do you have strong opinions about books, music, fashion, restaurants or TV shows? Are you a theater buff or a foodie? If so, you’re in luck. In this contest, we invite you to play critic and write an original review for our Fifth Annual Student Review…

Word + Quiz: bagatelle

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bagatelle ˌba-gə-ˈtel noun 1. something of little value or significance 2. a light piece of music for piano 3. a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over _________ The word bagatelle has…

Past Stories

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…

Song Lyric Topic Analysis Livestream

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It's said that popular music is a reflection of society, a barometer for our collective wants, fears, and emotional states. Others are of the belief that music is more a reflection of the artist, a diary that's been flung from the nightstand drawer into the media frenzy of our modern world. In either case, music…

Summer Reading Contest, Week 6: What Interested You Most in The...

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Welcome to Week Six of our Tenth Annual Summer Reading Contest. To participate, just post a comment here by 9 a.m. Eastern on July 26 that answers the questions “What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?” What should you choose? Well, as you know from the rules we’ve posted, you can pick…

Graphs, Charts and Maps From Three Years of “What’s Going On...

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Each of the graphs in this slide show was featured in one of our weekly “What’s Going On in This Graph?” discussions from 2017-2020. To learn more about a graph, including source information and related statistical concepts, visit the accompanying link. Inside Footballs’ Campaign to Save the Game

Lesson of the Day: ‘Rural Montana Had Already Lost Too Many...

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Rural Montana Had Already Lost Too Many Native Women. Then Selena Disappeared.”In the featured article, Jack Healy covers the ongoing crisis of Native American women who have gone missing or been found murdered in southern Montana. The article states that in 2019, “5,590 Indigenous women…

Can We Teach Critical Thinking?

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Can we teach critical thinking? Yes, but with certain limitations. Even within a single domain critical thinking is a complex, higher-order skill that is hard to learn and even harder to transfer across domains. For example, I’m a cognitive psychologist who happens to enjoy science fiction. I have many well formed opinions about the nature…
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