This week's must-read stories
The University of Helsinki unveils free course on AI
The University of Helsinki together with Reaktor, the business technology consultant, launched a free online course on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The initiative aims to demystify the perception that the study of AI is complicated and exclusive to those who master math or programming.
Science for preschoolers
We need to make science more interesting for young people, in particular children, with tools that facilitate the understanding of the scientific and technological advances that affect their environment. This team has designed a teacher’s manual that provides a weekly science experiment for a whole school year.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative debuts in Coursera
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women launched a free program on Coursera that aims to improve female entrepreneurs' business skills. This course includes ten modules that address marketing, sales, and finance, among other topics.
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tec de Monterrey launches tech exchange center in China
The technology exchange center opened its doors in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and will work as a technological exchange platform between China and Mexico. It aims to bring to life projects created by Mexican students and researchers.
What we are reading
Scientists should be solving problems, not struggling to access journals
“The research tools at our disposal are so substandard that we are forced to use unofficial and often illegal alternatives. It's time for academics to take back control of research journals.” (The Guardian)
Empowering Students and Teachers for the 21st Century
As web-based tutorials continue to grow, a teacher’s role will shift more toward diagnostic skills via resources that make student thinking more visible. (Getting Smart)
Amazon's Mechanical Turk has Reinvented Research
Online services like Amazon’s “Mechanical Turk” have ushered in a golden age in survey research. But is it ethical for researchers to use them? (JSTOR Daily)
How Everyone Benefits from Badging: A Guide to Mainstreaming Digital Credentials
Digital badges add great value for employers, students and institutions alike but it’s critical for colleges and universities to more quickly recognize and adopt the delivery of these microcredentials to keep pace with labor market needs. (The EvoLLLution)
What is the Singularity?
The broad idea is that the rate of technological progress is accelerating exponentially, and will continue to do so, to the point where it escapes all efforts at control. (The Economist)