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National Educational Technology Plan for Higher Ed

The National Educational Technology Plan for Higher Ed has been published by the US Department of Education.  The document is an outgrowth of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP), which presents a shared vision and call to action for transformational … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art in Semi-Supervised Learning

Finally, a deep convolutional network that doesn’t require much “hand-holding” in the form of training examples. Using the deep rendering mixture model, the network largely teaches itself how to distinguish handwritten digits using the MNIST dataset of 10,000 hand written … Continue reading

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OpenStax Wins a Telly

OpenStax editor-in-chief David Harris and video producer Trailer Park have won a prestigious Telly Award, the premier award honoring outstanding content for TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast distribution.  The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards … Continue reading

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Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researcher for 2016

Richard Baraniuk was one of 3000 researchers in the sciences and social sciences who authored papers that ranked among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication in Thomson Reuters’ academic citation indexing and search … Continue reading

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Universal Microbial Diagnostics using Random DNA Probes

A. Aghazadeh, A. Y. Lin, M. A. Sheikh, A. L. Chen, L. M. Atkins, C. L. Johnson, J. F. Petrosino, R. A. Drezek, R. G. Baraniuk, “Universal Microbial Diagnostics using Random DNA Probes,” Science Advances, vol. 2, 28 September 2016. … Continue reading

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OpenStax Breaks Through 1.5 Million Students

More than 1.5 million college students have used a free textbook from OpenStax, the Rice University-publisher announced today. The number of students using OpenStax textbooks in college and high school courses has more than doubled since January 2016, and OpenStax … Continue reading

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Turning Textbook Highlighting into Time Well-Spent

College students love highlighting textbook passages while they study, and a team of researchers in three states will apply the latest techniques from machine learning and cognitive science to help turn that habit into time well-spent. The four-year, $1 million … Continue reading

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MOOC Adventures in Signal Processing

T. A. Baran, R. G. Baraniuk, A. V. Oppenheim, P. Prandoni, and M. Vetterli, “MOOC Adventures in Signal Processing: Bringing DSP to the Era of Massive Open Online Courses,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 4, July 2016 Abstract: … Continue reading

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OpenStax Calculus by Gil Strang

This semester, OpenStax is excited to announce a slate of new math titles, including Calculus Volumes 1, 2, and 3 by Prof. Gil Strang of MIT. We’ve also revamped Precalculus, College Algebra, and Algebra and Trigonometry with a full layout … Continue reading

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FlatCam: Using Computation to Replace Lenses

M. S. Asif, A. Ayremlou, A. Sankaranarayanan, A. Veeraraghavan, and R. G. Baraniuk, “FlatCam: Thin, Bare-Sensor Cameras using Coded Aperture and Computation,” arXiv preprint arxiv.org/abs/1509.00116, 2015 FlatCam is a thin form-factor lensless camera that consists of a coded mask placed … Continue reading

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