First-year students should avoid online classes

First-year students should avoid online classes

I did not know what to expect when I signed up for two online classes entering my freshman year of college. While I had never had a class where all the lectures, assignments and projects were entirely done online with minimal instructor interaction, I was open to try a new way of learning. After three weeks of experiencing my first online classes, I want to warn all students, especially first-year ones, to be very wary of selecting an online course. It is best to avoid them altogether. Lectures are an…

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Cabinet nod soon for Rs 75,000 scholarship for bright students: Minister

Cabinet nod soon for Rs 75,000 scholarship for bright students: Minister

The Cabinet will soon give its nod to a Rs. 75,000 monthly scholarship scheme for bright students in higher education institutes to arrest the brain drain and encourage innovation, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today said. The scholarship, the Minister said, is meant for bright sparks at institutes like IITs and universities where required infrastructure is being provided under the Vishwajeet Project and Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana. “We are also starting a PM Scholarship. I have already signed the Cabinet note. That is under circulation. It will come to the Cabinet very…

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MU SUMMARILY FLUNKED US IN SOCIOLOGY: MA STUDENTS

MU SUMMARILY FLUNKED US IN SOCIOLOGY: MA STUDENTS

The problems of students at the University of Mumbai refused to subside as several of them pursuing a Master of Arts course at its distance learning centre (IDOL) complained of being summarily flunked in their Sociology paper. The students claim that out of a batch of 100, only 11managed to clear the exam with a score that hovered around 40, which is the passing score. “Not a single student has scored above 50 even though we got first class in our undergraduate course; there is no response from the authorities….

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Cairn Oil and Gas hires 150 students from premier institutes

Cairn Oil and Gas hires 150 students from premier institutes

New Delhi: Cairn Oil and Gas, the petroleum arm of London-listed metals and mining major Vedanta announced it has recruited over 150 students from Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) through its campus hiring program. The campus recruitment of over 150 students is a significant jump as compared to average recruitment of 25 engineering and management graduates hired every year, the company said in a release issued today. The recruitment was done under the campus hiring programme of the company named Barrels of Learning Per Day (BOLD). According…

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IIT coaching: While pressure mounts for students, institutes have the last laugh

IIT coaching: While pressure mounts for students, institutes have the last laugh

Viru Sahastrabudhhe, or Virus, the popular character from the movie 3 Idiots used the example of the cuckoo bird usurping the crow’s nest to explain how students would need to crush competition to go ahead in life. It holds true when you have merely 11,000 seats across the 22 IITs with 12 lakh applicants every year. ‘Compete or die’ is the mantra that is followed when it comes to competitive examinations like engineering or medical. More so in the case of engineering, because among the 22 odd Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the…

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School districts CANCEL classes on Monday over fears the solar eclipse will damage students’ eyes

School districts CANCEL classes on Monday over fears the solar eclipse will damage students’ eyes

A school district in Ohio has canceled classes on Monday over concerns about students damaging their eyes while looking at the solar eclipse. The superintendent of Jefferson Area Local Schools said Thursday that the eclipse could pose a risk to students who view it even inadvertently while at school or on the bus ride home. The day will be used as a service day for faculty and staff. +8 Some school districts have cancelled classes for the entire day or are keeping kids inside +8 There is real worry that…

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10 Mysuru students to get Huawei scholarships

10 Mysuru students to get Huawei scholarships

Huawei Technologies India, the Indian R and D Centre of Huawei, an ICT solutions provider, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with JSS Science and Technology University to provide Huawei Scholarships for Excellence to students of its engineering college. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, HTIPL advocates contribution to countries and communities in which it operates, promoting and encouraging education and research. Accordingly, the university nominated academically distinguished students for scholarship support from the company, a release stated here. The scholarship ₹50,000 each will be given annually to…

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White supremacist posters targeting students placed at Melbourne high schools

White supremacist posters targeting students placed at Melbourne high schools

Melbourne school students have been targeted by white supremacists, who placed racist posters around high schools carrying the message “Keep Australia White”. Victoria’s education minister, James Merlino, has labelled the posters “vile and disgusting,” and an investigation has been launched by Victoria police. “This is incredibly concerning for our school communities,” Merlino said. “These sort of vile and disgusting comments and posters are not acceptable in the community and those individuals that placed them should be ashamed of themselves.” He said the schools affected, the private high school Melbourne Grammar and the select-entry…

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Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

Though just over half of K–12 students have access to a one-to-one device program at school, 56 percent of students say they use more technology at home than in school. Perhaps this stat is a bit startling, but the new research from Project Tomorrow indicates that overall students are quite interested in exploring more self-directed learning at home, eSchoolNews reports. “Students have always self-directed some of their own learning, but with the explosion of mobile devices, 24/7 connectivity and digital resources, students are leaving adults behind as they explore subjects that interest them in the ways they…

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Faculty, students share distance learning concerns

Faculty, students share distance learning concerns

As online learning possibilities continue to flourish, a new whitepaperindicates that many faculty members are concerned the approach will lead to less satisfactory learning outcomes for students, according to eCampus News, but institutions can combat this by being proactive and transparent about releasing outcome data. Educators are also worried that staff support for online learning will not be available, leaving professors to go it alone with unfamiliar technology and tools, and only 30% of surveyed faculty members felt their institution had a fair system for compensating educators for online instruction. Additionally,…

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