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By Andrea Strock, MNS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Since 1995, NASA has discovered close to 3,500 exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than our own sun. On Feb. 22, 2017, NASA held a news briefing out of their headquarters in Washington, DC announcing that astronomers had discovered a set of seven more exoplanets using a global network of telescopes.

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By Gianni De Bruyn
MBA Student, Colangelo College of Business

How many times have you thought about picking up a new skill, whether it is perfecting your jump shot to mimic Michael Jordan’s or learning a new language, in order to make yourself more marketable? If you are like me, then you have started this process multiple times. But after less than satisfactory results or progression, you decided to give up or allocate more time to it later.

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By Kathryn Scott, MEd
Director, Strategic Educational Alliances 

Computer science is woven into the fabric of our culture and used in almost every field, driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. According to an article on LinkedIn, computing occupations are the number one source of all new wages in the U.S., making computer science one of the most in-demand college degrees.

Yet, a 2015 Gallup poll found that about 91 percent of our K-12 parents want their child’s school to teach computer science, but according to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 40 percent of the schools teach it. 

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The challenge presented in part 1 of this blog can be addressed by an algorithm I developed as part of my ongoing research on learning styles. It is illustrated in the flowchart below.

A particular learner is measured on n different learning characteristics, p1, p2 … pn. For illustration purposes, the profile used in the flowchart is a learner whose profile consists of a visual ability rated at 2, audio ability of 8, expressive ability of 6 and technical ability of 9.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

There are many challenges in the process of designing online instruction that address a students’ unique and diverse learning styles. A main challenge is that learning styles are assumed to be static in most, if not all, assessment tests.

The reason this is a problem is that a one-time learning style assessment does not take into account situational, psychological and educational changes over time. The second part is that learning management systems (LMS) present content without being mindful of individual learning preferences. For example, visual students need more visual content and textual students need the content to be presented as text. When LMS content presentation is based on a one-time learning style assessment, or worse, on the assumption that all learners should receive the same presentation media, this is problematic.

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