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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Zika virus: scientists present strong evidence of Guillain-Barré link

Findings published as experts warn that paralysing illness could overwhelm intensive care wards of Latin America Doctor treats a patient with Guillain-Barré syndrome in Cúcuta, Colombia. Photograph: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Scientists have amassed the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause the serious neurological condition Guillain-Barré syndrome, and are warning that the potential number of cases of the paralysing illness could overwhelm the intensive care wards of Latin America. The surge in the number of people with Guillain-Barré had been linked to Zika only on the basis of the…

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