22 mai 2013

Top global university courses to be available in Arabic for free

http://dam.alarabiya.net/images/3095a858-74c1-4cb1-ae88-953f054fd4c4/600/338/1?x=0&y=0Taghreedat, the largest Arabic crowd-sourcing initiative in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced a partnership with Coursera, the world’s leading Massive Open Online Course provider, to translate major international university courses across multiple disciplines for Arab students worldwide, for free.
Leading global universities, including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Georgia, Duke, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Edinburgh, are offering a number of their courses for free on Coursera in English. With this partnership, some of the world’s top university courses will be accessible for free for all Arabic-speaking users.
Starting May 19, Taghreedat’s 9,000 translators, writers and editors in 37 countries worldwide will have a chance to translate two university courses, marking the official start of the collaboration with Coursera. Stanford University’s Math Think and Duke University’s Behavioral Economics will be the first two courses to be localized, with plans for more courses to follow.
A group of Taghreedat translation language moderators will be managing project quality in the following weeks to ensure the courses are localized accurately and are accent-free.
“This is a major milestone for Taghreedat, especially that we are looking at diversifying our localization project portfolio and focusing on Open Educational Resources as a strategic area that we are engaging our crowd-sourcing community in,” said Taghreedat co-founders Mina Takla and Sami Mubarak.
“2013 has been a very exciting year for Taghreedat, including collaborations with WhatsApp, Gameloft, the Wikimedia Foundation and Easy Chirp, in which over 8,000 Arabic translators have participated so far. Localization of apps and games are two new and very unique additions to the initiative’s contributions to Arabic digital content, and we have more ambitious plans for the rest of the year.”
The Taghreedat - Coursera collaboration is part of a larger global partnership that Coursera is announcing this week with more than 15 translation organizations worldwide to translate its courses into the most popular language markets reflected by Coursera students: Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Ukrainian, Kazakh and Arabic. The majority of translated courses are expected to be available by Sept. 2013.
“The institutions that are providing translation services for our free online courses are helping to make the educational content on Coursera more accessible to the millions of people around the world who stand to benefit from these resources but are not fluent in English. The potential to impact global education is greatly elevated by our ability to bridge language barriers,” said Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller.
“Many of our students are already taking advantage of user-generated subtitles in our courses, and we believe that having translations will significantly improve the learning experience for non-native English speakers,” said Coursera co-CEO Andrew Ng. “By offering courses in more languages, we hope to provide quality educational opportunities to more of the students who need it most.”
Over the past few months, Coursera has welcomed 29 new universities to its platform, in addition to six educational institutions and museums, bringing the total number of participating institutions to 69. The new additions include 16 international schools that offer courses in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish.

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Anglais à l'université - la polémique est plus que jamais d'actualité

http://www.e-orientations.com/imgs/orientation-etudes-metier-emploi.gifD'un côté, il y a les "pour", qui soutiennent le projet de loi et notamment l'article 2, qui prévoit l'introduction de cours en anglais à l'université. De l'autre, les "contre", farouchement opposés à la langue de Shakespeare comme langue d'enseignement. Le projet de loi sera débattu demain à l'Assemblée nationale. Malgré des réaménagements apportés la semaine passée, la polémique fait toujours rage…
Ils y tiennent à la loi Toubon! Ce texte, voté en 1994, prévoit en effet que le français demeure la seule langue des enseignements, examens, concours, ainsi que thèses et mémoires dans les établissements universitaires français. Geneviève Fioraso souhaiterait pourtant assouplir cette loi, par le biais de l'article 2 du projet de loi actuellement débattu. Celui-ci permettrait ainsi de "dispenser en langues étrangères une partie des enseignements" lorsqu'ils sont réalisés "dans le cadre d'accords avec des universités étrangères", ou lorsqu'ils sont "financés par l'Union européenne". L'enjeu d'une telle mesure est d'"améliorer l'attractivité de l'enseignement supérieur français vis-à-vis des étudiants étrangers", met en avant le ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur. Car ces derniers représentent actuellement 12% des effectifs globaux étudiants, et le gouvernement souhaite atteindre la barre des 15%! Suite de l'article...

http://www.e-orientations.com/imgs/orientation-etudes-metier-emploi.gif Ar thaobh amháin, tá sé an "in ionad" tacú leis an bille agus go háirithe Airteagal 2, lena ndéantar foráil do thabhairt isteach na cúrsaí i mBéarla ag an ollscoil. Ar an taobh eile, an "CONS" go dubh in éadan teanga Shakespeare mar theanga teagaisc. Beidh an bille a phlé sa Tionól Náisiúnta amárach. Níos mó...

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Emory and Coursera: Benefits beyond the numbers

http://news.emory.edu/images/banner.pngBy Kimber Williams. When Coursera first began partnering with top universities to bring MOOCs (massive open online courses) to a worldwide audience, the enrollment numbers created a shockwave. Suddenly, tens of thousands of students were signing up to take a single online class, recalls Kimbi Hagen, one of Emory's early pioneers in the free, not-for-credit online experiment. Now that Hagen, who is assistant professor in the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Rollins School of Public Health and assistant director of Emory's Center for AIDS Research, has just completed teaching one of Emory's first three MOOCs through Coursera, she realizes those enrollment numbers don't tell the whole story. Read more...

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“Commit sociology” with University World News

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgThe statement by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that people should not “commit sociology” but rather focus on law and order in thwarting terrorism, has outraged many social scientists. The upcoming conference “Worldviews 2013: Global trends in media and higher education”, co-hosted by University World News, urges attendees to “Keep calm and commit sociology”, and buy buttons in defiance. See more here, and don’t forget to register for the conference.

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