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This university’s interactive lab is revolutionizing research

Sat, 2017-07-01 17:15


University of Washington brings data to life in new “Idea Incubator” space with an interactive video wall for health sciences researchers. Our mission at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington is to advance the healthcare fields through scholarship, research, education and access to health information resources. We support not just university faculty, health researchers and students, but also a variety of other professionals and researchers in the Puget Sound and state of Washington. With that in mind, when the university library decided to add a new space on campus to enhance research data analysis and allow multidisciplinary collaboration, we didn’t want just another conference room; we wanted to give researchers something they couldn’t get elsewhere on campus.

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5 Steps to Check if an Online Program Is Accredited

Sat, 2017-07-01 17:10

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Prospective online students should research whether employers in their industry prefer online degrees with certain programmatic accreditation. When it comes to pursuing an online degree, it’s important to select a legitimate program offering marketable credentials. A key indicator of legitimacy, experts say, is accreditation. Though it’s voluntary, accreditation has several benefits and typically validates a program to other colleges and universities as well as employers. While it’s generally safe to assume that online programs at reputable universities are accredited, experts say it doesn’t hurt to double check. For those earning a degree from a lesser-known online school, researching accreditation is particularly important given the prevalence of scams on the internet.

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Facebook, an Online Learning Platform?

Sat, 2017-07-01 17:06

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

New Facebook features intended for developers could, if expanded, turn the social networking site into an online learning platform. Facebook is testing new features in its developer community that, if rolled out across the platform, could let anyone on the social networking service teach online courses. Moderators of some Facebook groups listed as school or class have recently noticed that they can add course units that link to one another. As members of the groups work their way through the units, their efforts are tracked by a progress bar. The features are part of an initiative, known as Developers Circles, to connect local developers with one another that Facebook launched at this spring at its developers conference, F8. The company is working with online education provider Udacity to create training programs for developers who participate in the circles.

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The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

Sat, 2017-07-01 17:03


In 1999, 18 years ago, when just 4% of the world’s population was online, Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of Things, Neil Gershenfeld of MIT Media Lab wrote the book “When Things Start to Think,” and Neil Gross wrote in BusinessWeek: “In the next century, planet Earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations. This skin is already being stitched together. It consists of millions of embedded electronic measuring devices: thermostats, pressure gauges, pollution detectors, cameras, microphones, glucose sensors, EKGs, electroencephalographs. These will probe and monitor cities and endangered species, the atmosphere, our ships, highways and fleets of trucks, our conversations, our bodies – even our dreams.”

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