the museum of science, art and human perception World University Rankings THE (Times Higher Education) has been providing trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, academics, university leaders, governments and industry, since 2004. We create university rankings to assess university performance on the global stage and to provide a resource for readers to understand the different missions and successes of higher education institutions. Our rankings cover the three main areas of university activity: research, impact and teaching. Global rankings The THE World University Rankings provide the definitive list of the world’s best universities, with an emphasis on the research mission. It is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer) and international outlook (staff, students and research). Impact rankings
Un grupo de prestigiosas universidades rechaza el ‘ranking’ impulsado por la UE “Consideramos que el U-Multirranking supone, en el mejor de los casos, un uso injustificado de dinero de los contribuyentes y en el peor, una amenaza grave contra el sistema de educación superior”. Con estas durísimas palabras ha descrito el responsable de la asociación que engloba a algunas de las más importantes universidades de investigación de Europa (entre ellas, Cambridge, Oxford, Zurich, Ámsterdam o Barcelona) el proyecto de la Comisión Europea para crear el U-Multirranking: una herramienta para hacer clasificaciones, según distintos parametros, de las universidades. Kurt Deketelaere, secretario general de la Liga Europea de Universidades de Investigación (LERU, en sus siglas en inglés), ha lanzado este mensaje poco después de que la comisaria europea de Educación, Androulla Vassiliou, presentara el proyecto en el Dublín (Irlanda) hace dos semanas. La iniciativa ofrecerá información dividida en cinco áreas distintas Algunas instituciones dudan de la fiablidad de los datos
A Programmer's Guide to Data Mining | The Ancient Art of the Numerati Ranking Web de Universidades Presentación El Ranking Web (Webometrics) de Universidades proporciona la clasificación más completa y actualizada de instituciones de educación superior de todo el mundo. El Laboratorio de Cibermetría (Consejo Superior de investigaciones Científicas, CSIC, España) publica desde 2004, cada seis meses, un ranking académico independiente con el objetivo de suministrar información fiable, multidimensional, actualizada y útil sobre las universidades de todo el mundo teniendo en cuenta su presencia e impacto en la Web. En la actualidad el Ranking incluye más de 21.000 universidades con dos ediciones, una que aparece a finales de Enero y una segunda disponible al terminar Julio. Historia El Laboratorio de Cibermetría lleva desarrollando estudios cuantitativos sobre la web académica desde mediados de los años noventa. El ranking se construye a partir de datos publicados en la web abierta (no intranets) e indizados por los motores de búsqueda. Objetivos y motivación Filosofía y justificación
What’s the “problem” with MOOCs? « EdTechDev In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX. I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our system of higher education. I do however agree with some criticisms of these courses, and that there is room for much more progress. I propose an alternative model for such massive open online learning experiences, or MOOLEs, that focuses on solving “problems,” but first, here’s a sampling of some of the criticisms of MOOCs. Criticisms of MOOCs Khan Academy The organization is unclear and it lacks sufficient learner support.The videos aren’t informed by research and theory on how people learn, and this may diminish the effectiveness of his videos. Are MOOCs a Horseless Carriage? In the book How People Learn (which can be read free online), John Bransford shared the story of Fish is Fish. MOOC or MMORPG? From MOOC to MOOLE Who’s the teacher in a MOOLE?
8 Books For a Higher Existence Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free. Without books we would lose this guidance. If you’re done reading this list and want to level up more – check out part two! Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche Thus Spoke Zarathustra is Nietzsche’s most prophetic book in which he offers his teachings through the words of Zarathustra, based on the Persian prophet Zoroaster, who, after spending ten years on a mountain in meditation only accompanied by his Eagle and Serpent, comes down to offer his wisdom to the world. Becoming Animal – David Abram Abram’s first book The Spell of the Sensuous convincingly argued that being human is inseparably interconnected with everything that is not human. The Story of B – Daniel Quinn
A Year in Reading 2012 By C. Max Magee posted at 6:00 am on December 3, 2012 20 The end of another year is here (so soon? Ah, I’m getting old), and with it a flood of valedictory lists and wrap ups, accountings and scorecards. Each year, as these lists spill out across the landscape, the onslaught becomes difficult to parse and begins to feel suspiciously (to us, anyway) like a marketing boondoggle to support the promotional-book-cover-sticker-and-blurb industry. There are so many “best of the year” lists that everything is the best (and sometimes also the worst). So, how can we have some year-end fun while still extracting something meaningful from the effort? We readers tend to be a thoughtful bunch, noting down the titles we have read or lining them up one by one on a shelf. And so in preparing our annual Year in Reading series, we’ve asked our esteemed guests to take us on a tour of these pinnacles and to give an accounting of these treks. The good stuff: The Millions’ Notable articles
Programs - IDEA IDEA has several programs involving research and development of real-world projects that align with our organizational mission: Promoting scientific, artistic and cultural literacy • WordFlare advances interest in and knowledge of the English language via a mobile app that presents interlinked concepts using SpicyNodes technology and gamefication. Coming Summer 2013. • The IDEA blog advocates for the role of technology in advancing scientific and cultural literacy while encouraging the cross-fertilization of ideas for an audience of executive-level staff in nonprofit, scientific, cultural, and educational institutions. • The WebExhibits online interactive museum, which launched as the first of its kind in 1999, reaches approximately 9 million annual visitors. • IDEA collaborated with a professional society to improve how they serve their members, who in turn preserve and interpret state and local history. Encouraging sharing of knowledge via online tools
The Best Game Design Schools In North America yes we do actually. the average american college graduate has about $25,000 in student loans, although for many students, particularly depending on the school, it can be much more. I did WPI (not CS though) 15ish years ago and even then I thought everything was unnecessarily expensive. I'm beginning to think its some sort of artificial gauntlet they make you run to be part of "the club". There are low interest loan programs in the US you can take advantage of along with some scholarship opportunities. I'm currently in my final year of RIT in the Game Design program and I'm not going to lie; it is expensive. I suggest starting out by contacting the people down in the financial aid office, if the cost is your biggest concern. I'm currently attending Shawnee State University and it costs me a little under $5,000 a semester, and I'm out of state.
schooX - The Academy for Self Learners - Online Courses and Certificates The Museum of Islamic Art It isn’t often that a building stuns – literally. However, this is the case with the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Traditional Islamic architecture meets the twenty first century to spectacular effect. Nothing is done by halves here. Even the palm lines entrance (and entrancing is perhaps the right word) fills the visitor with expectation. Sublimely designed by IM Pei, the museum opened its doors to the public less than two years ago. The building is, as you might expect, heavily influenced by ancient Islamic architecture but its design is unique and there is simply no other building like it on earth. Sabhia al Khemir became the founding director of the museum in 2006. Image Credit Flickr User websterkate The idea that contemporary Islamic culture is inward looking was contradicted from the word go by the invitation to IM Pei to be the chief architect of the project. But what lies within? The foyer itself is a grandiose mix of marble, steel and glass.
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