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The Weekend Assignment: Writing

August 11, 2017

Let’s explore last week’s theme of Math. The word Mathematics comes from the Greek μάθημα (máthēma), which in ancient Greek means “that which is learnt”. The basics of math, counting, can be traced to prehistoric peoples, but more complex math did not appear until 3000 BC with the Babylonians and the Ancient Egyptians. The most … Read More …

The Weekend Assignment: Math

August 4, 2017

What did we learn from last weekend’s assignment on travel? Let us begin at the beginning with the migration of Homo Sapiens (that’s us) from Africa through to Eurasia around 70,000 years ago. By 40,000 years BCE humanity expanded to Australia, Asia and Europe. After that, around 20,000 to 15,000 years ago, humanity migrated to … Read More …

OER as an Intervention Tool to Support Student Retention

August 2, 2017

About 4.3 million people are dropping out of two-year and four-year institutions right now that could, with a little bit of extra support, complete and obtain their credentials. That was the challenge issued at our recent Saylor Higher Education Summit by Heather Hiles, keynote speaker and Deputy Director of Postsecondary Student Success at The Bill … Read More …

The Weekend Assignment: Travel

July 28, 2017

Let’s explore what was learned from the last Weekend Assignment’s theme, communication. Around 196 BC a congress of priests gathered in Memphis, Egypt to inscribe a stele (stone slab) with the decree of their new king, Ptolemy V. This Memphis decree was later unearthed by the French Expeditionary army, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1799. … Read More …