Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study by education researchers suggests that the kind of subtle racial discrimination known as implicit bias found in brick and mortar classrooms may be present in online college classes. Researchers from Stanford, the University of California – Irvine and Vanderbilt University began by creating fictitious online student identities. They chose names that suggested racial and ethnic identity, such as Todd, Emily, Tyrone, Tanisha, Mei, Tao, Priyanka, and Samir. They then posted comments using those personas in class forums for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). “The names that had been assigned a…

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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

Fitness-industry darling Peloton launched its Internet-enabled smart stationary bike—the company’s very first commercial product—just 4 years ago. In that short time, it quickly amassed a legion of dedicated—even cultish—fans who regularly tune in to participate in live and on-demand cycling lessons with professional trainers and compete with other cyclists around the world. This year at CES, the Manhattan-based brand officially expanded its unique, tech-driven exercise platform to treadmills with the aptly named Tread. Like its forbearer, the treadmill is equipped with a large 32-inch touchpad that can stream live classes—at least 10 are held daily—with…

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This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

Don’t let your Google Docs-loving friends tell you otherwise – Microsoft Office is still the king of the professional world. If you want to be a top performer in the office, you need to have a solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite. These programs can be challenging to learn, but there’s a new collection of online classes that’s great for newbies and experienced users alike: The Complete Microsoft Office Certification Bundle. This four-course collection gives you 20 hours of instruction in Excel, PowerPoint, and Access so you can not only learn the…

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Physical education and art classes in Maharashtra schools may become an hour longer

The state’s school education department may increase the duration of art and physical education classes in Maharashtra schools by an hour to give students more time to develop their creative and athletic skills. A delegation of teachers from across Maharashtra met education minister Vinod Tawde to demand more teaching time for these subjects. Currently, there are two-three sessions of art and physical education a week, which teachers said was insufficient. Extra-curricular subjects are important for students as they impart life skills and provide a break from the academic rigmarole, said…

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Medical admission: Students upset as Punjab govt doubles reservation for Backward Classes

The Punjab government’s decision to double reservation for Backward Classes (BCs) in the state from 5% to 10% in all government medical and dental colleges has upset general category students, who have threatened to move court. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday, on instructions from secretary, department of medical education and research, Vikas Pratap. Anxious students and parents are reaching out to the BFUHS authorities seeking the withdrawal of the decision. A parent said, “The Punjab government should also think about…

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