Interactivity will be the focus of the fifth annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference as faculty, instructors, and academic professionals from all parts of the University gather to discuss best practices, as well as theory and experience, in both learning and teaching.“When you are in a conversation, when you have to respond, then you are thinking,” said Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning at Harvard, who will offer introductory remarks at the conference’s final session. “Interactivity is about being engaged in learning and responding at the same time.”The topic for the conference, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Friday at Wasserstein Hall, was developed in the spring as HILT reached out to faculty over a series of lunch and dinner meetings for input about their educational challenges and trajectories.“We were stunned by the number of responses,” said Erin Driver-Linn, director of HILT and associate provost of institutional research, noting that more than 500 answered the initial query, and more than 120 attended one of the small-group discussions. The theme of interactivity came out of those conversations, she said. What also emerged were very practicable ideas.“What are the nudges, something simple I can do in my classes?” recalled Driver-Linn. “What are some bite-sized innovations?”The conference, which typically draws 300-500 Harvard community members, promotes a University-level dialogue across campuses, allowing participants to share experiences and experimental approaches and strengthen networks. It will kick off with a panel discussion, to be followed by breakout sessions. The concluding panel will focus on increasing opportunities to improve teaching and learning at Harvard.Physics Professor Matt Schwartz will lead one of the breakout sessions, in which faculty members share their own small-scale teaching innovations. He’s most concerned with quick, easily applicable fixes. “Stuff that doesn’t take rewriting your whole course,” he said. The examples he cited are indeed small, but they can have major repercussions.“Someone suggested they always have music playing when people enter their classroom,” he said. “Then they turn it off, and it automatically gets people’s attention.”From his own experience, Schwartz has learned to “ask students before class what they want me to talk about.” This encourages them to think about the course work and do the reading before each class, he said.Another goal of Schwartz’s session will be to explore how best to communicate such small-scale ideas, so that faculty can share them. “What I find most useful is people telling me what they have gotten from their own practice, their own trial and error in the classroom,” he said.Carolyn Wood, director of the Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence and the Case Program at Harvard Kennedy School, will lead a session on teaching with case studies. “We kind of have a moment now,” said Wood. “Faculty are very engaged in finding new ways to reach their learners, and case studies are great way to teach.”Although case studies are common in some fields, such as at Harvard Business School, Wood will ask her participants to explore how other disciplines can make use of it — even on a small scale.“We’ve found we need to make it easy to get started,” she said. “Once faculty try it, they find that students are more engaged, that students do remember not only the learning sessions but also the learning goals. And for faculty it’s challenging and fun.”While Wood is focusing on case studies, her overall perspective captures the initiative of the conference. While she expects some experimentation and “a little trial and error,” the goal remains the same.“Teaching well requires continuous improvement,” she said.
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard’s efforts to leverage technology to create more effective teaching tools, strategies, and resources will have a new leader this fall, with the appointment of Harvard Business School Professor Bharat Anand as the University’s new vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL).Anand, the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration, will take over in October from Peter Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages, who has held the post since its launch five years ago. Bol, a scholar of Chinese history, plans to return to teaching and research.Since 2013, Anand has been the faculty chair of HBX, the Harvard Business School digital learning initiative that he helped to create. Anand said that he is looking forward to the challenge and opportunities of his University-wide role.“Harvard has been a hotbed of innovations in pedagogy and learning during the last few years,” he said. “It’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve learned from these various projects and how this might inform our future efforts, while also recognizing that we are still probably in the early stages of imagining and shaping what the future of higher education will eventually look like. I’m looking forward to working with the many colleagues across the University who care deeply about these questions, and seeing how I can help with those efforts.”In announcing the appointment, Provost Alan Garber cited Anand’s experience with HBX and said that he has been among the most dedicated contributors to the University’s efforts to explore innovations in learning.“He is a distinguished scholar of organizational strategy and digital change, and he is an accomplished teacher, having twice received the HBS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence,” Garber said in his statement. “Over the years that I have known Bharat, I have been continually impressed by his leadership and strategic insight, his ability to innovate and collaborate, and his deep analytic skills.”According to Bol, Anand was instrumental in establishing HBX as a model for excellence in online business education, and was also helpful to Bol during his own years as vice provost.“Bharat Anand has been an invaluable adviser during my term as VPAL,” Bol said. “I know of no one who has a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of open-access online learning. His book ‘The Content Trap’ is the most important I have read in the field. He had great success in establishing HBX as the very best platform for online business education.”The office of the vice provost for advances in learning was established in 2013 to oversee initiatives such as HarvardX, the University’s online learning platform. HarvardX is Harvard’s contribution to the edX collaboration, in which more than 100 universities, nonprofits, corporations, and international organizations provide free online courses to students around the world. Today, edX offers 1,900 courses that reach 14 million learners.The vice provost for advances in learning also oversees the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), whose aim is to catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching, in part by offering grants and programming to support efforts by individual faculty members, programs, centers, and other University affiliates.In addition, VPAL has a research function, performed by the Advances in Learning Research Group, which explores how students learn and examines data from online platforms. A fourth major VPAL component is DART, or Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching, a tool that enables instructors to search all existing audio and video resources on HarvardX for possible reuse in other classes.Anand said that the University’s various efforts to leverage technology to improve education have already been impressive, particularly in reaching and engaging learners far beyond campus. He also highlighted three areas of priority going forward — amplifying and supporting existing efforts while continuing to innovate; second, exploring how these projects across the University can not only achieve their own specific goals, but also support those of other initiatives; and third, examining how these advances can be extended and applied to the on-campus residential educational experience.
Observer File Photo Kris Ganeff, pictured, is an associate coach for Notre Dame softball.Though it’s rare for a recruit to be barred from admission for academic reasons, it’s not unheard of, Brooks said.“I’ve known girls who’ve gotten their scholarship dropped from a university and basically had to drop their verbal commitment because they were not going to be eligible to get into that university,” she said.Brooks said she was not worried about admission after she committed and applied only to Notre Dame.“There was no doubt in my mind — I mean, they have your transcript, they’re in communication with Compliance and Admissions,” she said.Director of admissions, operations and management Brian Lohr said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions also clears all prospective athletes for recruitment. The office receives forms from coaches detailing information about each recruit’s high school, their intended major, current GPA, class rank and test scores, he said.“They will also identify the athlete’s ability and will give us a blurb on how this student-athlete would potentially impact their team,” he said.Lohr said the primary role of his team is to evaluate the student holistically.“As far as their athletic talent, we rely strictly on the coaches to make that determination,” Lohr said.After reviewing this information, coaches are told whether or not the office recommends the student for admission.“We might say, ‘The student-athlete is tentatively approved for recruitment, but we’ll need additional information in a certain area,’ ‘Not approved for recruitment,’ or ‘Totally approved for recruitment,’” Lohr said.After being cleared for recruitment, the student will undergo the same standard admissions process for all undergraduate applicants, Lohr said. He said Admissions relies on the Athletics Compliance Office to confirm the students’ athletics records are authentic.“When they put forward an athlete for us to evaluate, we’re making an assumption that they’ve looked at this person from a professional judgment standpoint and said they’re a student-athlete that they want to admit,” he said.The Athletics Compliance Office declined a request for comment.Tags: admissions scandal series, athletics, Athletics Compliance Office, college cheating scandal, recruitment, student-athletes Eight universities are thought to have participated in March’s college admissions scandal and now face investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. According to federal prosecutors, William “Rick” Singer, the man behind the scam, bribed college coaches and other officials to illegally secure admission for his clients’ children. Singer pled guilty to racketeering, among other charges, in mid-March.It appears Notre Dame was never a target for Singer — according to a column from the Los Angeles Times, he refused to bribe athletics officials at the University because he believed its standards for recruitment and admissions to be too strict. Prospective student-athletes at Notre Dame must “meet academic thresholds and have authentic athletic records,” the column said. At Notre Dame, the Athletics Compliance Office is the primary body responsible for monitoring athletics recruitment. The office works to ensure athletes, coaches and other athletics staff follow guidelines put forth by the NCAA, the organization that governs athletics for most colleges and universities. In addition to general regulations for college athletics, these rules outline each part of the recruitment process, including when students may be recruited and how recruiters can communicate with prospective athletes and their coaches.Associate softball coach Kris Ganeff said the office supervises athlete and coach activity throughout recruitment. The office often enforces coach compliance by checking travel records and other documents, she said.“They check our phone logs — they know we’re following the rules. … Any time you make a contact or an evaluation, that’s put into a system,” she said. The Athletics Compliance Office also verifies prospective athletes’ records meet NCAA and University standards, she said.“What kind of school are they in, where are they at, class rankings, where does their school rank — all those things matter,” she said. Students who fail to meet the University’s academic standards are either turned down or, if already recruited, asked to drop their verbal commitments, Ganeff said.“We’ve only had to [do] that a couple times, where, you know what, they weren’t just making the grade, and we had to make a switch,” she said. “But the kids knew that upfront.”Senior pitcher Cait Brooks said after athletes commit, coaches will monitor their recruits’ academic performances closely.
By a vote of 76 to 22, the Senate today passed and sent to President Obama legislation to provide $350 million in emergency assistance for hard-pressed dairy farmers. The House last night approved the same $121 billion agriculture spending bill for the 2010 budget year. The bill includes $290 million for direct support to dairy farmers using guidelines to be determined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack under an expedited process. Another $60 million would be used to purchase cheese and other dairy products for food banks and nutrition programs, spurring prices for raw dairy products by drawing down supplies of the commodity.“I am glad the bill was approved. My hope now is that Secretary Vilsack will move as rapidly as possible and get support out to dairy farmers who are in desperate need,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders sponsored the amendment in the Senate tacking the dairy funds onto the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill.Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which handled the Senate’s work on the bill. He said, “This is another timely lifeline for dairy farmers who are struggling just to stay afloat through this crisis. These direct payments are a fast and efficient way to deliver help right to the farm. Right now another day of dairy farming means another day of losses, and we need both short-term and long-term solutions to break these vicious downward price spirals. Secretary Vilsack knows what dairy farmers are going through, and I expect that USDA will move promptly to put these emergency funds from the Sanders Amendment to use.”Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), cochairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, said, “Vermont’s dairy farmers need assistance, and they need it now. I’m relieved that Congress has acted to provide this critical funding, and I’m hopeful that Secretary Vilsack will act swiftly to ensure it reaches Vermont farmers soon. While this emergency assistance will not solve the long-term problems the industry faces, it will provide much-needed temporary support to these hardworking, dedicated members of our community.”The average price farmers received for their milk fell this year to $11.30 per hundredweight, down from $19.30 in July 2008. It costs farmers at least $18 per hundredweight to produce milk. As prices plunged, family dairy farms in Vermont and around the country went out of business.Dairy farmers got a temporary boost from the Agriculture Department last July 31 when Secretary Vilsack – after meeting with the senators from Vermont and other dairy states – approved a three-month price hike that was expected to increase farmers’ revenue nationwide by $243 million. Source: WASHINGTON, October 8, 2009 –
by Brian Searles, VTrans Secretary. When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont two weeks ago, Vermont’s highway crews were on the front lines of the disaster. Throughout the night of the storm, I was in contact with men and women who were battling floods and torrential rain to close unsafe roads and try to assess damage to bridges and highways, often at great risk to themselves. The work of these highway maintenance workers during and after the flood has been nothing short of heroic. They’ve showed how much we Vermonters are capable of when the chips are down.That’s what gives me hope that we, as a state and as your transportation agency, will get through this. To illustrate how far we’ve come since Irene tore through Vermont: Immediately after the storm, there were 166 closures on the Vermont State Highway System. By September 8, there only 33 roads and 14 bridges were closed. As amazing and dedicated as our highway workers are, they couldn’t accomplish what they have by themselves. Just as I’ve witnessed neighbors helping neighbors in devastated areas, states are helping states. The Departments of Transportation from Maine and New Hampshire, the New Hampshire and Maine National Guard units and private contractors have teamed up under VTrans leadership and reopened 340 miles of the 450 miles of State Highway that were closed after the storm. This week, I had a chance to greet the Maine soldiers in Rutland and after thanking them, their commanding officer came over to me. ‘This is every bit as beneficial to us as it is to Vermonters,’ Lt. Col. Normand Michaud told me. New Englanders are in this together. He said his troops were eager to be here and stay until the job is done. While we have made remarkable progress in a short time, Vermonters need to understand that many of our roads and highways will not be the same as they were before the storm. We are working around the clock to restore our highways, but due to the emergency nature of these repairs, there will be rough sections of road even though they are open. When you see road signs warning of rough areas, it is essential that you slow down. We are working hard to get you where you want to go, but you may need extra time to travel these reconstructed routes. To allow us to work quickly, motorists should not make unnecessary trips through our work zones in storm-damaged areas. Even though many roads are open, working around vehicles hampers our construction crews. Our top priority as we rebuild our infrastructure is the safety of those adversely impacted by the flooding. Our first focus was establishing connections to those communities that were isolated by flooding ‘ we achieved that goal within two days. While VTrans is charged with maintaining the state highways, we know that there are still small pockets that are still isolated within some towns. We are providing assistance to these towns to help in their recovery efforts, but repairs to smaller town roads and bridges may take longer. Opening up the important east-west state highways of Route 4 and Route 9 is a priority so that we can improve the movement of people, goods, services and commerce. We are on track to have both roads open in the next week. Our commitment to Vermont is that we will rebuild our transportation infrastructure better than it was before. This will take time ‘ as I have criss-crossed the state in the last two weeks, I have witnessed significant devastation, and we still are uncovering damage that was not immediately apparent. Our immediate goal is to rebuild the state highway system to a level that provides safe transport for Vermonters and visitors during the upcoming winter. We need to ensure that these highways are safe for travel and that we can maintain them during the harsh winter weather that we all know is coming. This is no small task, but we believe we can accomplish it as long as we all work together ‘ neighbor helping neighbor, state helping state. As Governor Shumlin has said, ‘We will do this, together.’ We have a lot of work to do, but we are up to the task. We are, after all, Vermonters. Brian Searles, Vermont Secretary of Transportation
U.S. investigating potential criminal activity in Puerto Rico hurricane rebuilding efforts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Oklahoman:Mammoth Energy Services’ subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency are targets of an ongoing criminal investigation examining how the company obtained contracts worth more than $1.8 billion to help restore the island’s energy grid, filings in a related case show.In those filings, investigators state they have made findings of probable cause related to conduct they assert violates criminal statues involving the defrauding of the United States, conspiracy and bribery of public officials.The findings came to light in June when the subsidiary’s ex-CEO, Donald Keith Ellison, filed a suit in a northern California federal court seeking to recover millions of dollars in funds, securities and property belonging to him that were seized in late April by the U.S. government. Ellison demanded those assets be returned to him, arguing that affidavits and other supporting documentation for those seizures sealed by federal judge in Puerto Rico prevented him from challenging what happened.U.S. attorneys are working to have Ellison’s case moved to federal court in Puerto Rico.Ellison, a decorated Army Ranger who served in Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, was CEO of Cobra from January 2017 until June. Under his leadership, Mammoth’s Cobra secured a series of contracts in 2017 and 2018 worth more than $1.8 billion with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to repair storm damage caused by Hurricane Maria to the island’s electrical infrastructure.Mammoth Energy Services officials confirmed Tuesday they are aware of an investigation into Ellison, adding they are “cooperating fully” with authorities. That differs from their reaction in June, when they declined to confirm whether Ellison was being investigated after a story broke that federal investigators were examining contracts the island’s power authority had issued to companies involved in rebuilding the grid.More: Federal investigation into Mammoth subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions’ work on Puerto Rico continues, filings show
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Navajo-Hopi Observer:On Aug. 26, the last coal train delivered its cargo to the Navajo Generating Station, completing a cycle that had been in place since the 1970s when the plant first began operations. According to Joe Frazier, plant manager at NGS, the plant is in the process of burning down the final coal pile and will stay online through Nov. 10 to allow APS to finish installing reactors on a transmission system. After that, the plant will use the remainder of the coal and will officially go offline.The coal-fired plant has operated out of Page, Arizona since January 19, 1971, when its lease was first signed between NGS owners and the Navajo Nation. NGS owners include the Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona Public Service Co., Tucson Electric Power Co. and NV Energy.The closure of the power plant was in part because of the low cost of natural gas compared to coal. “It’s different for each organization … but the majority of it is gas and renewables,” Frazier said.Frazier has been plant manager since 2015 and said he understands from an economic standpoint why the plant closed.“Looking at it from the other end, the people who are our customers, you can see why the need is there. Economically it makes all the sense in the world to shut this plant down, not to mention the carbon footprint. There’s a lot of reasons to shut it down. This change is inevitable, as with most coal-fired plants and this is one of the first ones to go in this area,” he said.More: Last coal pile burns at Navajo Generating Station as plant prepares to go offline Navajo Generating Station manager acknowledges economic rationale for closing the massive coal plant
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There are plenty of super-cute dogs and cats available for adoption on Long Island this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Read all about how to adopt them right here!Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:TuckerAttention Beagle lovers! Tucker, who arrived at Last Hope from Kentucky, has already encountered both the cruelest and kindest of humanity is his short little life. Tucker needed his front toes amputated after being caught in a barbaric leghold trap in Kentucky. Thankfully, at just 1 year old, he is okay and is ready to find peace in his new forever home. Please consider adopting Tucker and providing him with the love he truly deserves!For more information on adopting Tucker, please contact Last Hope at www.lasthopeanimalrescue.orgAvailable for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:GypsySweet Gypsy (reference #170721) was found as a stray in Oyster Bay in mid-December. She is a gorgeous 4-year-old pit bull described as a fun-loving, playful doggie that really just wants a home of her own. A shelter is not the best place for this lady, and since she’s spayed and up to date on her shots, she’s ready to go home with you today!If you already have a pooch at home, please note the shelter requires a meet prior to adoption. Why not open your heart and home, and give a girl a shot at having a great life today?For more information about adopting Gypsy, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:ToastyHow adorable is Toasty (Reference # R157504)? This 6-year-old pup recently arrived at North Shore’s adoption center when her family could no longer take care of her. This beautiful lady has needed time to adjust to her new digs, and now that she’s all settled in-it’s official…she is nothing but adorable! Toasty’s ideal home is a quiet one with older children who can appreciate her need for tranquility.As the only pet, she will shine brightly and be a delightful companion. Toasty loves basking in the sunshine and lounging with her humans. She’s missing a home of her own, but you can help her with that by taking her into yours. Together, you’ll quickly learn what happily ever after truly means!For more information on how to get toasty with Toasty, please send an email to [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!
It will not be his first knee operation.Last May, Suarez missed the last two league games and the Spanish cup final, which Barcelona lost to Valencia, so he could have an operation on his right knee and recover in time to play for Uruguay in the Copa America in Brazil.Suarez also underwent knee surgery in May 2014, returning in time to score twice against England at the end of June in the World Cup.Suarez played on Thursday as Barcelona lost the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup to Atletico Madrid in Jeddah.The 32-year-old has made 23 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring 14 goals (11 in the league and three in the Champions League). He also leads La Liga with seven assists.Barcelona forward Luis Suarez to have surgery on right knee https://t.co/uR8ZAeXjXO @BBCSport pic.twitter.com/mspmy5Bor0— MyAmigo #LetsGoWTO (@my_amigouk) January 11, 2020Read Also: Spanish Super Cup: Messi blames Barca teammates of childish mistakes in semi-final defeatBarcelona top La Liga and face Napoli in the round of 16 of the Champions League.“Once the intervention is over the club will make a new medical statement,” Barcelona’s statement said.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will undergo another knee operation on Sunday, Barcelona have announced.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Ways Drones Are Shaping Our FutureThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Loading… The club issued a press release Saturday saying the surgery was for an “injury to the external meniscus of the right knee”.
BACOLOD City – Eight sachets ofsuspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P56,000 were seizedin a buy-bust operation in Barangay 3. The 35-year-old resident Mark LawrenceOnggada yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Onggada./PN The suspect was detained in thedetention cell of Police Station 2. An antidrug officer inspects items seized from Mark Lawrence Onggada, who was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 3, Bacolod City on March 19. POLICE STATION 2/ BCPO Onggada was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P200 around 4:30 p.m. onMarch 19, the police added.