HarvardX, the University-wide strategic initiative begun in 2012, has created a wealth of content in a broad portfolio of online courses, including videos, recorded lectures, illustrations, and text pages. To date, educational assets in a HarvardX course were only accessible after registering for and taking a course on edX, an independent online learning platform. But with the beta launch of the HarvardDART (Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching) tool, all of those educational resources will be easily searchable and accessible to Harvard professors looking to embed HarvardX content in their classroom courses.HarvardX’s online learning content will now become part of a larger body of work, one that can be shared across the University’s Schools and disciplines. That will advance learning by giving professors access to a wealth of their colleagues’ teaching resources, thereby furthering connections and collaboration while driving education forward.“HarvardX has worked to ensure that its amazing educational content impacts learners across the globe and on Harvard’s campus,” said Peter K. Bol, Harvard’s vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL) and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. “DART will make it far easier for our faculty to access and use HarvardX assets in Harvard classrooms.”Through HarvardDART… “users can see that we’re not just teaching a set of individual classes but providing a broad and integrated curriculum,” said Dustin Tingley (standing, second from left), faculty director of the VPAL-Research team. Also working on the project were Andrew Ang (standing, from left), VPAL-Research data engineer; Tingley; and HUIT’s technical lead Phil McGachey and software engineer Elliott Yates (seated, left); and Daniel Seaton, senior research scientist, VPAL-Research. Photo by Silvia MazzocchinDART has produced a notable collaboration in its own right, as the VPAL research team, Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), and HarvardX worked together to create the tool.“Making it easier for faculty and students to teach and learn is central to HUIT’s mission,” said Alan Wolf, managing director for HUIT’s academic technology services. “We were pleased to collaborate with the vice provost for advances in learning research team and HarvardX to create the DART tool, which will work seamlessly with existing University technology.”As part of a beta launch, search and preview of HarvardX resources within the DART application are now available to the Harvard community on campus or through VPN.Later this year, Harvard professors will be able to integrate these assets directly in Harvard’s learning management system, Canvas, so their students can use them.According to Robert A. Lue, HarvardX faculty director and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, DART will make a significant stockpile of material available for residential classes. “It applies to everything — all topics, all courses — and will provide a One Harvard experience,” he said. “It’s a key way for every Harvard faculty member to know what’s available for every topic area from HarvardX and plug it into the Canvas learning management system, to make all of HarvardX’s content usable and pluggable.”Lue said the need for a tool like DART was recognized when HarvardX was launched. “As HarvardX was building up a repository of content, we wanted ways you could select it for use in different bite sizes — whole courses, videos, or portions of courses. When you have lots of compelling material, you need a mechanism to allow an audience to find and reuse what they need. At first we didn’t have the critical mass of content to test if such a thing would work well, but now we have enough content across enough different fields. So DART could not be a more welcome step in the process of making HarvardX materials more available.”“DART allows you to explore common themes and connections between different contexts,” said Dustin Tingley, faculty director of the VPAL research team and professor of government. “Users can see that we’re not just teaching a set of individual classes but providing a broad and integrated curriculum. If you wanted to, you could go on the edX site and enroll in different classes, but you’d never get to search through the individual assets that are part of the courses. For instance, I may not want to take the class on U.S. national security. But if I can find [Harvard Kennedy School’s Douglas Dillon Professor of Government] Graham Allison talking about the Cuban Missile Crisis, that’s an incredible piece of content.”Aside from the practical use, DART will offer faculty members greater insight into each other’s courses. “We think that gradually Harvard faculty will discover what some of their colleagues have been saying, as well as find some of the assessments, simulations, animations, and visualizations, useful in their own classes,” said Bol. “Providing our faculty more access to their peers’ instructional materials should inspire deeper conversations on teaching and learning.”Once DART assets are available for Canvas integration for the fall semester, professors will be able to add HarvardX resources to their residential courses in just a few clicks. The database is searchable by keywords. Users who search the word “moon,” for instance, will find any lunar-themed content within a HarvardX course, whether it be scientific astronomy lectures or a recitation of a Chinese poem about the moon. The preview function allows the viewer to watch or access any HarvardX asset that’s available. By later this year, it will only take another click to add the material to faculty course assets.“Faculty will have great flexibility in how they approach blending their courses with HarvardX material,” said VPAL senior research scientist Daniel Seaton, who helped develop DART. He expects that much of the content will be well suited to existing residential courses. “Massive Open Online Course [MOOC] content generally has really high production values. Faculty have some guarantee that the content was curated and generated for broad audiences.”Phil McGachey, HUIT technical lead and architect, confirmed that the technical feat of indexing HarvardX resources for search and reuse should have a lasting impact on how institutions make use of their existing and future MOOC content.“Prior to DART, one could only search minute-and-a-half preview videos for HarvardX courses. DART allows search and preview of individual videos, problems, and text pages. In the future, the task of embedding HarvardX content in residential courses — a task that previously required substantial technical overhead — will take place with a click of a button.” McGachey said.“VPAL-Research’s collaboration with HUIT to produce DART will open up many opportunities for use of this technology,” added Tingley.Ultimately, every Harvard course will have access to a wider range of material, and HarvardX resources will be shared across disciplines, allowing poets and astronomers who study the moon to learn from each other.“Does this mean that all Harvard courses are going to merge into one gigantic thing? I don’t think that will be the case,” Lue said. “But there will be groupings of courses that share the material very freely. And I think that increasingly we’ll see faculty sharing what they’re doing and being inspired by each other.”This also suggests that courses will become less self-contained. “Very few courses are self-contained as it is,” Lue said. “You always incorporate issues, graphics, and ideas from other courses. But DART will facilitate sharing of the top-level digital content that we’ve created. It will make courses better. They’ll have a richer array of things to utilize.”
St. Joseph County police arrested a Saint Mary’s janitor Friday and charged him with nine felonies “related to the possession of child pornography and child exploitation,” according to press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office. College students, faculty and staff received an email Friday afternoon from College counsel Rich Nugent notifying them of the arrest.“Building services employee Luis Morales was taken into police custody at his home yesterday for allegedly downloading and distributing child pornography from his personal computer. The St. Joseph County Police Department Cybercrimes Unit attributed the criminal activity to a single IP address on our campus. Police would later determine that Morales used the College’s wireless network during his overnight shift when he was scheduled to clean the library,” Nugent stated in the email.Nugent said the College acted promptly to identify the person responsible for the crimes. Both Nugent and the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office stated there is no evidence that students, faculty or staff were in danger or harmed by Morales.“The charges against Morales are very troubling. Such activity is heinous and deplorable and will not be tolerated by this administration. The College suspended Morales without pay pending the outcome of our own investigation. He has also been informed that he is not to come to campus,” Nugent said.A Saint Mary’s maintenance worker was fired and arrested in April 2014 for voyeurism at the College. David Summerfield pled guilty to misdemeanor voyeurism and criminal mischief in August 2014, and he was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a 30-day probation period following his prison sentence.Tags: SMC
The show will be staged as a mystery within a mystery, with the case presented to Holmes forcing him to confront his murky past. But is the unraveling of his childhood just a dangerous diversion? Sherlock Holmes is an original tale which will offer a new and theatrical exploration of the mind of the famous detective, while remaining faithful to the mysterious world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes were first introduced in Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to feature Sherlock Holmes in three more novels (including The Hound of the Baskervilles) and in 56 short stories. The famous detective made his first appearance on Broadway in 1899. In recent years, the property has been updated into hits with modern twists, as in the Emmy- winning BBC series Sherlock starring Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the Guy Ritchie films starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and the hit CBS transfer Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Broadway alums Ian McKellen and Laura Linney will headline the upcoming 2015 feature film Mr. Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is eyeing Broaday in 2017! It’s a bit early for cast, dates and theater details, but the new play will be by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel. We are naturally dreaming that current TV Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, soon to be seen in Hamlet in London, will take the title role. View Comments
Rule would waive fees for reservists February 1, 2006 Regular News Rule would waive fees for reservists The Bar Board of Governors has received a rule change that would waive annual membership fees for Bar members who serve in the military reserves and are called up for more than 30 days of active service in a year.Budget Committee Chair Mayanne Downs presented the rule at the board’s December meeting and noted it will come back for final approval in February.The rule does not apply to Bar members who are regular duty members of the military. The rule requires those seeking the exemption to apply within 15 days of the date their annual fees are due, or within 15 days of activation. They must also inform the Bar within 30 days of leaving active duty.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Retail sales plummeted [in March] as the effects of COVID-19 shutdowns reverberate through the economy,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. Total retail sales dropped 8.7 percent during the month, following February’s 0.4 percent fall.“The more discretionary the category, the greater the fall in sales,” Long noted. “Nonstore retailers are up 3.1 percent, which include online merchants such as Amazon, who has hired tens of thousands more workers to meet demand. It is yet to be seen how many of the small businesses and restaurants recover from the crisis, and when.“NAFCU expects worse numbers over the next several months due to more extensive shutdowns and social distancing nationwide, followed by a slow recovery,” he concluded.Year-over-year retail sales were down 5.9 percent in March; February’s year-over-year sales saw a 4.9 percent increase. Control group sales, which excludes the auto, gas, and building materials categories, were down 3.5 in March and saw a 0.2 percent drop from a year ago. continue reading »
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TEMPLE, Texas – Centex Motorsports will make the tow north pay off for the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod driver making history at Boone Speedway in September.The winner of the first-ever main event for the division, on Monday, Sept. 5, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, earns a standard weekly race engine courtesy of the Temple, Texas, engine builder.“As soon as I saw that Southern SportMods would be running a one-day program at Boone, I wanted to throw my name in the hat,” Centex owner Carroll Estes said. “We build a lot of engines for drivers all over Texas, as well as New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Hopefully one of our customers will bring the engine back home.”“I think people will be pleasantly surprised with how many Southern SportMods are at Super Nationals,” he added, noting that veteran Sid Kiphen would compete at Boone with an engine provided by Centex.A contingency award sponsor for area tracks, including Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Centex Motorsports also pays the Southern SportMod champion $25 per lap lead, which could be worth as much as $750.Centex Motorsports has been in business in Temple for nearly a decade with a complete machine shop as well as engine dyno.More information about Centex-built engines is available by calling Terry Butler at 254 742-2700.“The addition of the Centex awards could boost the Southern SportMod champion’s winnings to close to $10,000 in cash and prizes,” pointed out IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “And in 2016 we’re not auctioning off the winner’s engine in order to take this engine home, so the Super Nationals champion will go home with two engines this year.”
Little was originally scheduled to have an operation on Thursday but he has been forced to wait. Little wrote on his Twitter page: “Out of hospital. Unfortunately need to wait until Monday for surgery because of too much swelling! Taken back by all the msgs. Thank you.” The versatile Little has scored six goals this season after netting 25 last term. Rangers are yet to discover the extent of the injury suffered by Richard Foster, who left Ibrox on crutches after suffering an ankle injury. The club website said: “He has hurt his ankle but there is a lot of swelling around it and the club’s medical staff will have to wait until that subsides before they can determine the specific nature of his injury.” Skipper Lee McCulloch also suffered a head wound but played on after getting six stitches and scored the opening goal from the spot in the 70th minute. The penalty incident saw Dunfermline defender Jordan Moore sent off following a second booking for a foul on McCulloch and referee Gary Hilland booked a further eight players, three of them from Rangers. Press Association Little was carried off on a stretcher wearing a neck brace after lengthy treatment following a clash of heads with Dunfermline full-back Alex Whittle in the first half of Rangers’ 3-1 League One victory on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old went straight to hospital and Rangers say it will be 2014 before he is expected to make a comeback. Rangers and Northern Ireland player Andy Little will undergo surgery on Monday after tests proved he had broken his right cheekbone and jaw during his club’s win over Dunfermline.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Seventeen consecutive wins, a perfect conference record and a No. 2 ranking all came to an end Wednesday night, as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell to No. 25 Indiana at a rocking Assembly Hall. UW fell for the first time on the road and had to suffer the indignity and foreign feeling of watching Indiana fans storm the court after the victory.”It’s like watching your girlfriend go out with another guy right in front of you,” junior guard Michael Flowers said. “It hurts. It hurts the heart.” In front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 17,283, the Badgers (21-2, 7-1 Big Ten) watched a three-point lead disappear during a 16-3 second-half run by the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2), eventually falling behind 53-43. The run was keyed by Indiana guard A.J. Ratliff, who scored 18 second-half points — finishing with 20 — on 6-of-7 shooting and drained three trifectas during the IU surge.”He stepped up, he really stepped up when they needed plays, and he got hot,” said senior forward Alando Tucker, who led the Badgers with 23 points.”We knew he could do it,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “He caught fire against us, and that was just unfortunate for us.”Ratliff explained afterward that he believed that his team needed a boost and he was more than ready to provide it.”I felt somebody had to step up and make plays,” Ratliff said. “I was opening up and I had all the confidence in the world.”The suddenly hot perimeter shooting — the Hoosiers hit 5-of-6 3-pointers in the second half — was set up by D.J. White dominating inside early in the second stanza, scoring all 10 of his points in the half in the first 6:31.”Coach told me right after halftime to get more aggressive,” White said. “That’s what I tried to do.”The run whipped the crimson-and-cream-clad crowd into a frenzy and forced UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout. After the breather, the Badgers responded, scoring eight straight points to cut the lead back down to two at 53-51, eventually tying the game at 59 with 4:53 remaining on a Taylor three-pointer.”Our guys did a heck of a job to come back, down 10 on the road like that,” Ryan said.But Wisconsin’s shooting went cold down the stretch, making only one of their final eight shots and the Badgers were unable to capitalize on four late missed free throws by the Hoosiers. “I liked some of our looks down the stretch,” Ryan said. “We were playing from behind, that’s part of it, we haven’t had a lot of experience with (that).”UW missed its final three shots, and before the final horn finished buzzing, the court was flooded with Indiana students.”I thought this was a tremendous college basketball game,” Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Our crowd deserves as much credit as we do. They were great tonight; I mean, they were great.”In the end, both teams credited Ratliff with changing the complexion of the game with his perimeter marksmanship.”I hate to just say that it’s just them hitting those shots in that streak,” Ryan said. “Then again, you have to remember how Indiana’s been playing here and what they’re doing now. This is going to be a tough place for other people to come into.”In the first half, Wisconsin (nine) and Indiana (seven) combined for 16 turnovers, ensuring that the pace of the game was quick as the squads raced up and down the floor trying to capitalize off the giveaways.”You can always go back to those seven turnovers on the first 12 possessions,” Ryan said.Despite 14 first-half points from Tucker, the Badgers found themselves only tied with 18 seconds remaining in the stanza. Ryan called a timeout and maybe the least likely player to hit a basket — guard Jason Bohannon — drained a jumper off a curl to give Wisconsin 28-26 lead. The lead was short lived however, and the night would end with the Badgers watching the opposing team’s fans charge onto the court to celebrate the victory.”You know, we’d rather not have that happen,” Ryan said. “But since you take it on the chin, you take what comes with it.”