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Headspace Is Enlightenment on Your iPhone - The New Yorker
Article on the new meditation app Headspace. Has some history of how it made its way into the West - meditation, that is -- and also about how it is now making its way into corporations. I think Craig Souza, my SF friend, talked about this.

"Detractors worry that secular mindfulness teachers have whitewashed the technique, dulling its self-critical edge. The management professor and Zen practitioner Ronald Purser pointed to a Stanford study that demonstrated that most workplace stress is caused by things like corporate dysfunction and job insecurity—not by “unmindful employees.” Corporations like mindfulness, he said, because it “keeps us within the fences of the neoliberal capitalist paradigm. It’s saying, ‘It’s your problem, get with the program, fix your stress, and get back to work!’ ”"
meditation  siliconvalley  public_discourse 
yesterday
The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths - NYTimes.com
Science wars redux! This is like the article by the philosopher about the distinction between truth and beliefs. Pshaw.
sciencestudies  sciencevspolitics 
3 days ago
The Unwinding Begins: Amplify Sells Computer Science MOOC | EdSurge News
I talked to Emily Grad a long long time ago. The Amlify MOOC is now its own company
moocs  public_discourse  amplify 
4 days ago
Harvard, MIT researchers highlight on-line class cheating - The Boston Globe
Ike Chuang's research on detecting bots and cheaters makes it into the Globe. I wonder why Curtis Northcutt is not mentioned though...
moocs  public_discourse  learning_research 
4 days ago
Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time - The New York Times
time management software used for surveillance and employee productivity. They mention Sapience wiht whose manager I once talked to long ago when I was thinking of doing research on Rescuetime
platformization  public_discourse  surveillance  productivity 
13 days ago
In defense of Amazon's long hours - Vox
Completes a triumvariate of Vox responses to the Amazon NYT piece. Here Lee says that making software just might require long hours.
amazon  public_discourse  platformization  software 
13 days ago
Why the New York Times’s Amazon story is so controversial, explained - Vox
Ezra Klein thinks that the NYT's Amazon story got so viral because it speaks to the white collar worker's anxiety (especially the symbol analyst) to manage the work life balance. Just like Anne Marie Slaughter's Atlantic story about having it all.
amazon  platformization  public_discourse 
13 days ago
Amazon's relentless work culture is because it's the startup that never grew up - Vox
In response to the NYT's piece on Amazon, Yglesias says that Amazon's policies are a direct result of its decision to eschew profits. But also that we should be caring more about its warehouse workers.

"Amazon's modest to nonexistent profitability makes the company very different, both culturally and operationally, from other big, mature tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, or even the relatively new Facebook. Those are all companies who've found their way to core operations that are extremely high-margin and throw off tons of cash.

Amazon looks much more like a relatively early-stage startup. Its relentless focus on low prices in pursuit of growth leaves it with very low margins. And whatever revenue it does scare up is invested in the further pursuit of growth. The mission is to get as big as possible, as fast as possible. The company squeezes costs remorselessly, but passes all that forward to customers in pursuit of even faster growth.

There's a lot to like about this business strategy.

But for a publicly traded company to deliberately eschew profitability over such a long span of time is asking Wall Street to have a lot of faith. Bezos has done remarkable things across a number of dimensions, but one of his most underrated skills as a CEO is simply his ability to sell investors on this strategy. There is no "quarterly capitalism" at Amazon, and in fact the time horizon on the plan for world domination is so long that one can question whether there's any capitalism at all."
amazon  platformization  public_discourse 
13 days ago
Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace - The New York Times
Don't quite know what to make of this article; it describes the resident ideologies at Amazon governing white-collar workers - all data-driven of course.

Key grafs:

"In Amazon warehouses, employees are monitored by sophisticated electronic systems to ensure they are packing enough boxes every hour. (Amazon came under fire in 2011 when workers in an eastern Pennsylvania warehouse toiled in more than 100-degree heat with ambulances waiting outside, taking away laborers as they fell. After an investigation by the local newspaper, the company installed air-conditioning.)

But in its offices, Amazon uses a self-reinforcing set of management, data and psychological tools to spur its tens of thousands of white-collar employees to do more and more. “The company is running a continual performance improvement algorithm on its staff,” said Amy Michaels, a former Kindle marketer."
amazon  platformization  public_discourse 
14 days ago
new mailing list: openedx-announce - Google Groups
Look at how new lists are created and how older ones get decommissioned - that is also a data point about the edx organization
edx  openedx  forums 
14 days ago
Google's plan with Alphabet: build the Bell Labs of the 21st century - Vox
Bell Labs, Google, Alphabet - how the funding of science has changed and how that relates to Google's decision to become Alphabet
platformization  google 
18 days ago
Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video — Medium
A Youtube entrepreneur critizes Facebook's methods when it comes to video. They exaggerate how many times a video is viewed (by having a nonsensical definition of "view", he says), they favor videos uploaded natively on Facebook - and they don't look for and delete copyrighted content, he says.
facebook  video  youtube  platformization  public_discourse  debates 
18 days ago
Practical Guidance from MOOC Research: Learning Beyond the Platform - EdTech Researcher - Education Week
Justin expands on the seven points of his talk in seven blogposts - how design of MOOCs can benefit from research that's been done
moocs  public_discourse  learning_research 
18 days ago
Why My MOOC is Not Built on Video | MOOC Report
More debates about effectiveness of video, this time from Lorena Babham hte GWU professor...
moocs  video  debates  public_discourse 
18 days ago
Why there are so many video lectures in online learning, and why there probably shouldn’t be — Medium
Report from Philip Schimidt on why MOOCs use videos and why they shouldn't - or use them better. My only beef is that he says its not clear why so many MOOCs started off with videos. I think it's clear - they were looking to the Khan ACademy and the KA began with videos.
moocs  public_discourse  media  video  debates 
18 days ago
Edx platform weird bug - Google Groups
forking a named release - DB explains.
forums  edx  openedx 
18 days ago
localizing Xblocks (and ORA in particular) - Google Groups
how to do translations in ora2 - question from russia, i think
edx  openedx  forums 
18 days ago
The Amazonization of Everything
David Golumbia does his tendentious diatribe against Amazon
amazon  platformization  public_discourse 
25 days ago
A lover, a model and a nose
Baradwaj Rangan takes me back to the days of Ashiqui
generalinterest  hindicinema 
25 days ago
What is the true latest openedx release, and how can I install it to a clean ubuntu 12.04 machine - Google Groups
DB givces some comprehensive explanations including links to changes to named releases that proved unstable.
edx  openedx  forums  debates 
25 days ago
How to deploy an open-edX instance in a production level on my own server? - Google Groups
A developer asks how to set up a self-server installation of edx before moving to aws. this is david b's reply: perhaps i should follow these too.

Feanil Patel, one of the devops engineers at edX, did a presentation at the first Open edX Con about how edX runs Open edX in production. The YouTube video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITMwNto82eE and the slides are available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bVAWunCX7wpe2-CUTExcBM_BlgwRJlV9MiGN8keUfU0/edit#slide=id.g4212b1096_10 Those are some good references for getting started. You can also check out the GitHub wiki for the configuration project (https://github.com/edx/configuration/wiki) and our Confluence space (https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/display/OpenOPS/Open+edX+Operations+Home).

Unfortunately, I don't think that edX has an official step-by-step guide for how to run a production-level Open edX installation, partially because everyone has different requirements in terms of scale, cost, features, etc. Perhaps someone else in the community has a guide like this that I'm not aware of?

David Baumgold
Developer Advocate, edX
edx  openedx  forums 
26 days ago
Technical Perspective: Corralling Crowd Power | August 2015 | Communications of the ACM
One might ask how such an approach scales in terms of time or complexity. In terms of time, crowd marketplaces can suffer from a latency problem in waiting for tasks to be accepted by workers, and indeed this accounted for the bulk of time in each condition (~20 minutes). In terms of complexity, the authors acknowledge an important limitation in the degree of interdependence supported; for example, changes requiring modification of large areas or related but separate areas can lead to quality issues.

However, the field (including the authors) has since made tremendous progress in scaling up the speed, quality, and complexity of crowd work. The time needed to recruit a crowd worker has dropped from minutes to seconds following the development of methods such as paying workers to be on retainer, enabling time-sensitive applications such as helping blind users navigate their surroundings. The quality of crowd work has increased by orders of magnitude due to research ranging from improved task design (for example, using Bayesian Truth Serum where workers predict others' answers), to leveraging workers' behavioral traces (for example, looking at the way workers do their work instead of their output), to inferring worker quality across tasks and reweighting their influence accordingly.

Perhaps the most important question for the future of crowd work is whether it is capable of scaling up to the highly complex and creative tasks embodying the pinnacle of human cognition, such as science, art, and innovation. As the authors, myself, and others have argued (for example, in The Future of Crowd Work), doing so may be critical to enabling crowd workers to engage in the kinds of fulfilling, impactful work we would desire for our own children. Realizing this future will require highly interdisciplinary research into fundamental challenges ranging from incentive design to reputation systems to managing interdependent workflows. Such research will be complicated by but ultimately more impactful for grappling with the shifting landscape and ethical issues surrounding global trends towards decentralized work. Promisingly, there have been a number of recent examples of research using crowds to accomplish complex creative work including journalism, film animation, design critique, and even inventing new products. However, the best (or the worst) may be yet to come: we stand now at an inflection point where, with a concerted effort, computing research could tip us toward a positive future of crowd-powered systems.
crowdsourcing  platformization 
4 weeks ago
On Stephen Hawking, Vader, and Being More Machine Than Human | WIRED
I love this sentence from Helene Mialet:

Someone who is powerful is a collective, and the more collective s/he becomes, the more singular they seem.
stephenhawking  research  ANT  sciencestudies 
4 weeks ago
The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion - The New York Times
Kevin Carey does a masterful hitjob -- he basically says colleges do no quality control on teaching and learning. Going to college matters, going to any particular college doesn't. Not quite sure what to make of it - it seems like a bad-faith critique.
higher_ed  public_discourse  moocs 
4 weeks ago
As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change - The New York Times
The new schools teach coding in 12 weeks and then the students get high salaries as data scientists. Data scientists even get paid more than software engineers!
data_science  platformization  public_discourse 
4 weeks ago
why does college cost so much? « scatterplot
If you read popular coverage of higher ed, one of the biggest recurring questions is “why does college cost so much?” There’s no really good answer to this question, in part because it’s poorly phrased. Higher ed is a big field containing several different organizational populations that look very different when it comes to costs and revenues (and student bodies, etc.). The chapters by Scott and Ruef & Nag in this edited volume do a nice job of laying out some of the contours of that diversity. Applying that basic insight suggests that the question “why does college cost so much?” might have very different answers for public research universities, community colleges, private liberal arts schools, the elite research universities, for-profits, etc. The relative weight of the various popular explanations (including administrative bloat, Baumol’s cost disease, lavish expenditures on amenities, higher levels of federal financial aid, and declines in state support) may differ radically.
higher_ed  public_discourse  cost 
4 weeks ago
The Ethnographic Vision of John L. Gwaltney: The Thrice Shy, A Forgotten Gem | Somatosphere
A review of a book the author found inspriring. It relates to the experience of Onchocerciasis, in Mexico.
research  medicalanthropology 
4 weeks ago
On Paul Krugman's theory of hipsters
What are hipsters signalling by their tattoos? That they have jobs where they can have tattoos - in other words, a mastery of bourgeouis life. says Ezra Klein.
generalinterest 
4 weeks ago
Why I'm optimistic about digital media, in 2 charts
Some charts about declining ad revenue and viewership in television.
platformization  journalism  media 
4 weeks ago
Wait? The Robots Aren't Coming After All?
Drum responds to Matt Yglesias' Vox piece asking: how does Matt know we won't reach true AI?
artificial_intelligence  public_discourse 
4 weeks ago
Has Uber Pushed Corporate Activism in the Digital Age Too Far
Matt Stampeck reviews how platform companies are mobilizing their users to pressure politicians when regulations unfavorable to the platforms are being thought about. E.g. Uber in New York. The whole thing is well worth reading
platformization  public_discourse  uber 
4 weeks ago
Instaserfs: Precarious Employment in the New - and the Old - Economy - FOLD
Instaserfs is the tale of two well-educated white guys discovering what people with fewer advantages have knows for decades: the game is rigged. Fortunately, Andrew is not going to be a Wash.io delivery man for much longer - he's a talented video producer whose skills should lead him to a less precarious freelance existence. The question is whether listeners to this excellent series will see the connections between the new exploitation economy and the old exploitation economy, and work towards a future of work where fewer people can rent manservants at $125 an hour, and fewer people need new shoes to work those servant jobs.
sharing_economy  public_discourse  platformization 
4 weeks ago
The Mystery of ISIS by Anonymous | The New York Review of Books
What explains the rise of ISIS? Is it the incompetence of other groups, ISIS's digital propapganda, its ability to provide governance, its support from various powers at various times? The authors argues that none of htis is sufficent - and indeed, ISIS has done things that are not entirely popular with its base. So what explains its success? We don't know, he says. A nice coplement to the Dar Spiegel article on ISIS
generalinterest  politics  isis  iraq 
4 weeks ago
The Robots Are Winning! by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books
Even Daniel mendelsohn, so otherwise astute, can't coming up with more than this banal conclusion when he writes about Her and Ex Machina.

"Ex Machina, like Her and all their predecessors going back to 2001, is about machines that develop human qualities: emotions, sneakiness, a higher consciousness, the ability to love, and so forth. But by this point you have to wonder whether that’s a kind of narrative reaction formation—whether the real concern, one that’s been growing in the four decades since the advent of the personal computer, is that we are the ones who have undergone an evolutionary change, that in our lives and, more and more, in our art, we’re in danger of losing our humanity, of becoming indistinguishable from our gadgets."
artificial_intelligence  public_discourse 
4 weeks ago
What the Sharing Economy Takes | The Nation
The sharing economy looks like a classically neoliberal response to neoliberalism: individualized and market-driven, it sees us all as micro-entrepreneurs fending for ourselves in a hostile world. Its publicists seek to transform the instability of the post–Great Recession economy into opportunity. Waiting for your script to sell? Drive an Uber on the weekend. Can’t afford a place to live while attending grad school? Take a two-bedroom apartment and rent one room out. You may lack health insurance, sick days and a pension plan, but you’re in control.
neoliberalism  sharing_economy  public_discourse  platformization 
4 weeks ago
The automation myth: Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem - Vox
Yglesias says that the new digital tools aren't increasing productivity but they are definitely decreasing the amount of work. And public policy should instead orient toward making the decline of work official: better benefits, more holidays, reducing retirement age, etc. It's a good summary of the whole discussion.
artificial_intelligence  automation  platformization  public_discourse 
4 weeks ago
Uber is the perfect poster child for the Republican economic agenda - Vox
There's something a little bit backward about this, as Uber is most popular in big cities with less than universal car ownership and lots of Democratic voters. But that's part of the reason talking about Uber is good politics for Republicans. It could help the party appeal to young, urban professionals who lean toward Democrats on cultural grounds but might find things to like in the GOP's economic message. It helps to drive a wedge between Uber-using urban professionals and more traditional — or more deeply ideological — liberals who see Uber's "gig economy" model as a threat to worker rights.

Of course, Uber itself cares less about presidential politics than about local regulation, where things tend to be less partisan in practice. Some Republican officeholders have been hostile to Uber, while many Democratic ones have been supportive. When the rubber meets the road, ordinary interest-group politics wind up mattering more than ideological considerations. But that doesn't stop Uber from being a potent tool in national politics, serving as a symbol for liberal fears and conservative hopes.
sharing_economy  public_discourse  uber  politics 
4 weeks ago
Indiana University used this one weird trick to cut student debt
IU sent students a letter every year telling them how much they'd borrowed the previous year. And that reduced what students borrowed this year. But is this a good thing?
higher_ed  public_discourse 
4 weeks ago
This academic debate about worms has an important lesson for the future of global poverty - Vox
Debate about the deworming controversy. It turns out that deworming while good doesn't magically improve educational outcomes. I wonder if something similar could be written about the psychological interventions that Stanford's social psycholoigsts want to do so much.
moocs  development  public_discourse  socialpsychology  technologyvspolitics 
4 weeks ago
Trumpism would be the perfect ideology for a third party - Vox
Great post by Yglesias. Elites often call for third-parties when neither of the parties accepts the complete elite consensus (fiscal conservativism, social liberalism, in the US, for e.g.) and their worry is that their preferred party is in throes to a less exalted non-elite. But if a third-party materializes, it's more likely to be like Trump's which resembles right-wing European parties. I think this point is spot-on.
generalinterest  politics  america 
5 weeks ago
Contact form send email - Google Groups
Someone suggests a feature and David tells him what to do next. Lots of formalities.
edx  openedx  forums 
5 weeks ago
See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over — Backchannel — Medium
An interesting argument. robin chase says that the old ownership based economy of licenses and permissions and copyrights has locked up assets and created a surplus of them which are just wiating to get out and be shared in the sharing economy. And the idea is that this will promote innovation.

In the new collaborative economy, sharing and networking assets, like platforms, car seats and bedrooms, will always deliver more value faster. Think of the enormous loss of human potential bound up in patents, copyrights, trade secrets, certifications, and credentials. These hallmarks of the old capitalist economy harbor excess capacity just yearning to find the light of day. In the new collaborative economy, innovation is limitless. More minds working together will always be exponentially smarter, more experienced, and more well equipped than fewer ones who work inside a single company or government. In these big and well-organized networks, we can count on the right person (with the necessary skills, networks, insights, and location) to appear.
sharing_economy  public_discourse  platformization  innovation 
5 weeks ago
Is the media becoming a wire service?
Ezra Klein on the future of journalism. Says the key will be automated publishing to Twitter, Facebook and all the other "wire" services
journalism  platformization  public_discourse 
5 weeks ago
E-mail Lists | Open edX | Open Courseware Development Platform
Lists currently active emails lists for edx as well as instructions for what counts as good content
edx  openedx  forums 
5 weeks ago
Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human? - NYTimes.com
A new wave of start-ups — including Gild, Entelo, Textio, Doxa and GapJumpers — is trying various ways to automate hiring. They say that software can do the job more effectively and efficiently than people can. Many people are beginning to buy into the idea. Established headhunting firms like Korn Ferry are incorporating algorithms into their work, too.
platformization  public_discourse  algorithms 
5 weeks ago
The Deep Mind of Demis Hassabis — Backchannel — Medium
How big of a boost is it to use Google’s infrastructure?

It’s huge. That’s another big reason we teamed up with Google. We had tons of venture money and amazing backers, but to build the computer infrastructure and engineering infrastructure that Google had would have taken a decade. Now we can do our research much quickly because we can run a million experiments in parallel.

The big leap you are making is not only to dig into things like structured databases but to analyze unstructured information — such as documents or images on the Internet — and be able to make use of them as well, right?

Exactly. That’s where the big gains are going to be in the next few years. I also think the only path to developing really powerful AI would be to use this unstructured information. It’s also called unsupervised learning— you just give it data and it learns by itself what to do with it, what the structure is, what the insights are. We are only interested in that kind of AI.

One of the people you work with at Google is Geoff Hinton, a pioneer of neural networks. Has his work been crucial to yours?

Sure. He had this big paper in 2006 that rejuvenated this whole area. And he introduced this idea of deep neural networks—Deep Learning. The other big thing that we have here is reinforcement learning, which we think is equally important. A lot of what Deep Mind has done so far is combining those two promising areas of research together in a really fundamental way. And that’s resulted in the Atari game player, which really is the first demonstration of an agent that goes from pixels to action, as we call it.
google  artificial_intelligence  public_discourse  platformization 
6 weeks ago
The Evolution of edX and an edX Colleague: A Discussion with Teppo Jouttenus | edX
How has edX grown over the past two years?

Teppo Jouttenus: There is the obvious growth in the number of courses. We have so many more courses across many different subjects and levels. We have many more partners and members, and of course, learners.

What has made that immense growth possible is that both the edX platform and the services that edX can provide have developed significantly. At the very beginning—when we just had 10 employees and no office space—everything was new. We created processes and features on the fly. It was an incredibly exciting time and a huge period of growth and learning. Now, we have a standardized set of tools and best practices that enable a broad range of courses to be created so much faster.

I remember in the early days coding HTML and XML to get a simple multiple-choice question up. Now, with edX Studio, you can do what would have taken 10 minutes in just 30 seconds. It’s incredible.

When I started at edX, I worked closely with Michael Cima and his team on the Introduction to Solid State Chemistry course. I helped moderate their course discussion forum, as well as 8.02x Electricity and Magnetism, and it’s tremendous to see how the discussion forum capabilities have evolved.
moocs  edx  public_discourse  softwarevscontent 
6 weeks ago
What A New Class Of Worker Could Mean For The Future Of Labor - BuzzFeed News
On the new class of worker inspired by the sharing economy and the Ubers. the article details moves...
uber  sharing_economy  platformization  labor  public_discourse  artificial_intelligence 
6 weeks ago
Riding Technology Wave, Stanford Rises to Top of Some Measures - The New York Times
An article that argues that Stanford has replaced Harvard as the "it" school. But has a number of interesting findings: e.g. argues that because of Stanford, Harvard has started to pay more attention to its science and engineering programs. (This also explains why Harvard joined MIT to start edX; because they were scared of joining a Stanford owned entity).
moocs  higher_ed  harvard  stanford 
6 weeks ago
Prezi/Excel alternatives - Google Groups
Daniel Mckelvey has a question about using prezi. Worth looking at to see the relations between consultant developers and edx personnel
edx  openedx  forums  debates 
6 weeks ago
Opaque Key Database Rearchitecture -- seeking feedback - Google Groups
A big angry discussion on Opaque keys - between edx and MITx and Ike chuang has interesting things to say. Read this carefully and use it to illustrate the tensions in the two sides.

Cale, Don, Ike, Ned, etc. all contribute here.
edx  openedx  debates 
6 weeks ago
Google Groups
Don Mitchel intervenes -- but hte question is interesting. What exactly does a course rerun mean in the internals of the edX LMS? Read tihs carefully
edx  openedx  forums  debates 
6 weeks ago
The future of edX's XML - Google Groups
Very interesting. Read carefully, esp. Piotr's history of how the edX platform was designed. This could be useful.
edx  openedx  forums  debates 
6 weeks ago
openedx instance has become very slow - Google Groups
Guy asks why his openedx instance is running slowly. A couple of answers from Sarina and Chris Dodge.
edx  openedx  forums 
6 weeks ago
Fwd: Backwards incompat migration - Google Groups
Interesting debate between Carson Gee and the edx.orgers about how to update code. It looks like conditions for the edx.orgers and Carson are very different. Interesting and worth looking at more.
edx  openedx  forums  debates 
6 weeks ago
A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs : NPR Ed : NPR
MIT's new teacher training program sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson foundation
moocs  public_discourse  MIT 
7 weeks ago
The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives : NPR Ed : NPR
Social psychology research of the kind that Rene and others are doing at Stanford (asking students to write up their goals) gets an enthusiastic write-up at NPR
socialpsychology  moocs  learning_research  platformization 
7 weeks ago
Research.gov - Research Spending & Results - Grant Detail
Looks like Philip guo did get his IUSe grant

Summary of his project:
This project will develop innovative software to broaden access to free one-on-one tutoring, starting in the domain of computer programming, which is crucial for many kinds of 21st-century jobs. Learning is one of the most important and fundamental lifelong endeavors. A well-educated public is crucial for maintaining a healthy, prosperous, and innovative society. Regardless of subject, one-on-one tutoring is the most personal and effective way to learn. Although recent efforts such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are scaling up access to lectures and other educational materials, it is hard to scale up one-on-one tutoring to online settings because there are far more learners in the world than qualified expert tutors. Access to free online tutors will especially benefit lower-income learners, who are more likely to be from rural areas or underrepresented minority groups.

The technical objective of this project is to investigate how to scale up peer tutoring of computer programming through user interfaces and algorithms for matching learners with tutors, hosting tutoring sessions within real-time code visualizations, and reviewing archived sessions. The central idea is to draw from the large pool of learners concurrently accessing online educational resources to serve as peer tutors for one another. Although peers lack the deep expertise of experts, many are effective tutors since they recently learned the material and can empathize better with learners. This project will build upon Online Python Tutor, a Web-based educational tool that the researcher created to visualize the execution of computer code, now one of the most popular websites for learning programming in the Python language. This project's specific aims are to build a peer tutoring system atop the Online Python Tutor website and to use it to study online peer tutoring interactions. The system has two main components: 1.) PythonLive is a real-time tutoring interface for computer programming that enables multiple users to concurrently write, execute, visualize, and chat about code, a single tutor to effectively handle multiple simultaneous tutees, and offline learning by reviewing archived tutoring sessions. 2.) TutorMatch is an interface that uses crowdsourcing and machine learning to connect learners with appropriately-skilled peer tutors in real-time. In sum, this research will contribute new software-based techniques to facilitate peer tutoring of computer programming, which draws upon and contributes to the fields of human-computer interaction, social computing, and computer-supported cooperative learning.
moocs  funding  learning_research 
7 weeks ago
Split Mongo Modulestore operational notes - Google Groups
Links on documentation to the splitmongo modulestore in edx
edx  openedx  forums 
7 weeks ago
Deploying Scalable edX - Google Groups
Starts off with a question from someone from Indonesia about the best kind of installation for him...
edx  openedx  forums 
7 weeks ago
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