The Minds Behind The Massive Open Online Courses [Inforgraphic]
“In this week’s video, John Green looks at 49 hoaxes—alien autopsies! Fairy bones! Left-handed Whoppers! and more!—that people actually believed.
Thanks to our good friends at Shutterstock for providing images and footage!”
Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/50815/49-hoaxes-people-actually-believed#ixzz2V5v5adnI
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And the glove is thrown down>>>!
It took a total of seven hours of setup and five tries, but at around 11 p.m. Friday, May 31, The Seattle Public Library set the world’s record for the longest book domino chain. (Note: Confirmation pending from recordsetter.com).
The record-breaking event was held on the third floor of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. A total of 2,131 books followed a complex pathway that included ramps up and across book stacks, around a large planter in the center of the floor, up and down sets of stairs, bridges and more. At one point, one book has to fall from a shelf to the floor to continue the book domino chain. At different locations while the books are dropping, patrons are reading. One woman, for example, looks like she is reading at the beach, while another couple appears to be having a picnic and reading. A portion of the book domino chain spelled the word “read.”
Want to have some personal experience about what a MOOC is like? Here’s your chance.
As noted in a previous post, you can also register for the free San Jose State University SLIS MOOC:
“The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet,” explains Professor R. David Lankes, course architect and instructor. “It must provide a durable foundation for the field.”
The MOOC will examine librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation. “New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation,” says Lankes. “Through this course, they will learn how to better capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.”
Lankes’ book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, will serve as the text for the course, which will feature Lankes and three other iSchool faculty members (Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf and Jian Qin) as instructors and moderators. MIT Press will provide participants in the course with a 20% discount on the book.
The course is available for free online, and begins on July 8. Participation in the course can also lead to Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional fee, or graduate academic credit with additional work and tuition.
To register for the MOOC, visit the New Librarian Master Class web page.
More than 800 people participated in the First SU iSchool Master Class. Results from the MOOC, “An Introduction to Data Science”:
- 1,731 students were invited to participate in the course
- 856 students (just under 50%) officially accepted that invitation
- Only 17 of that number formally dropped out
Of the 839 participating:
- 429 were actively engaged from start to finish (a rate of 51.7% of the official total participants)
- 410 others viewed and accessed course material intermittently
- 91 students (as of early April) are receiving certificates for completing all course requirements. (That is 21.2% of the 429 actively engaged students and 10.8% of the 839 who signed up).
If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the ubiquity of McDonald’s, this stat may make your day: There are more public libraries (about 17,000) in America than outposts of the burger mega-chain (about 14,000). The same is true of Starbucks (about 11,000 coffee shops nationally).
“There’s always that joke that there’s a Starbucks on every corner,” says Justin Grimes, a statistician with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington. “But when you really think about it, there’s a public library wherever you go, whether it’s in New York City or some place in rural Montana. Very few communities are not touched by a public library.”
Grimes built that map this past weekend during the National Day of Civic Hacking, using the agency’s database of public libraries. Each of those dots refers to an individual branch library (and a few bookmobiles), out of a total of 9,000 public library systems.
Read the full article and view the interactive maps @ TheAtlanticCities.com.”
“Here’s a short video that’ll wrinkle your brain a bit. Like debunking 50 common misconceptions, this video shows 13 facts you might not know are true. Like how Neil Armstrong had to clear customs after going to the Moon. Or that Russia is bigger than Pluto. Learning is fun.”
The dictates of the Common Core and 21st Century Literacy strategies to which 46 US states have signed on, mandate a major increase in non-fiction reading in the curriculum. Are libraries ready? Probably…
This report seems to focus on fiction reading rather than the majority of reading in the K to 12 curriculm.
“Renaissance Learning has released its fifth edition of the What Kids Are Reading report. Among the many topics covered in the free report, it compared high school reading across the last century.
Below, we’ve linked to free eBook copies of the most popular books in 1907, 1923 and 1964. The complete report noted “a decline over time in the complexity of required texts for high school students.” Follow this link for an infographic summary of the research. Here’s more from the report:
Although our analysis is restricted to the period of 1907 to 2012, there is evidence that writing has become less complex over the last several hundred years. Complexity is impacted in part by average sentence length; books with longer sentences tend to be more difficult to comprehend than books with shorter sentences … it is worth noting that just because the books students are being assigned to read are less complex than in prior years, this does not necessarily mean that they cannot read or comprehend books at higher levels, nor can we assume that assigning more complex texts would necessarily lead to improvements in achievement.”
“Top High School Reading, 1907-2012 with Links to Free Books
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Rivals: A Comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Sohrab and Rustum by Matthew Arnold
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Night by Elie Wiesel”
From the Entertainment Software Association:
Video games are a mass medium, widely enjoyed on a variety of platforms by a diverse audience. ESA’s 2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry reveals interesting facts about today’s gamers and the games they play, including:
The US Supreme Court, in a nearly unanimous ruling (Scalia joined the majority, but only in part), has held that a piece of DNA that occurs naturally is not eligible for patenting. This means that any sequences that are normally present in the human genome—or that of any other organism—cannot be the subject of patent infringement.
The case grew out of patents held by Myriad Genetics, a company that has had a monopoly on testing for genetic defects in genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer. The genes in question, BRCA1 and BRCA2, were first isolated by scientists from the University of Utah, who then patented their sequences. The university later transferred the patents to Myriad, which developed further patents to cover more detailed aspects of the testing process.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court notes that the sequences of these genes are naturally present in every human cell—and simply cutting them out of the genome and isolating them from the cell does not change that fact. As a result, no matter how much work and ingenuity it took to first identify the genes, the sequences remain natural products. As such, they are not eligible for patenting.
The ruling does allow Myriad to retain some of its patents on the technical details of testing. Both of these genes are quite large, covering tens of thousands of bases of the genome. It’s often more convenient to convert the mature RNA transcript to what’s called a cDNA and then sequence the much-shorter cDNA. This process, the Court ruled, is patentable, as it transforms the genes from their natural state. That means Myriad retains a monopoly on the fastest and cheapest way of identifying mutations. However, due to the rapidly plunging costs of DNA sequencing technology, this advantage is relatively minor.”"
“In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court ruled today that human genes cannot be patented.
The case involved Myriad Genetics Inc., which holds patents related to two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, that can indicate whether a woman has a heightened risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, said the genes Myriad isolated are products of nature, which aren’t eligible for patents.
The high court’s ruling was a win for a coalition of cancer patients, medical groups and geneticists who filed a lawsuit in 2009 challenging Myriad’s patents. Thanks to those patents, the Salt Lake City company has been the exclusive U.S. commercial provider of genetic tests for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
The challengers argued the patents have allowed Myriad to dictate the type and terms of genetic screening available for the diseases, while also dissuading research by other laboratories.
” &*^$ yes. A defect in her BRCA1 gene is what caused Angelina Jolie to recently have a preventive double mastectomy. (via @tylercowen)”
It took too long but this awesome. DNA is the very definition of something thast should not be owned.