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Parsing Cal State's agenda, Betsy DeVos' school choice push, gun-free school zones: What's new in education today

Los Angeles Times

Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. The L.A. Unified Board of Education's curriculum and special education committees are also meeting today. California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. The L.A. Unified Board of Education's curriculum and special education committees are also meeting today.


Tracking Behavioral Patterns among Students in an Online Educational System

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Analysis of log data generated by online educational systems is an essential task to better the educational systems and increase our understanding of how students learn. In this study we investigate previously unseen data from Clio Online, the largest provider of digital learning content for primary schools in Denmark. We consider data for 14,810 students with 3 million sessions in the period 2015-2017. We analyze student activity in periods of one week. By using non-negative matrix factorization techniques, we obtain soft clusterings, revealing dependencies among time of day, subject, activity type, activity complexity (measured by Bloom's taxonomy), and performance. Furthermore, our method allows for tracking behavioral changes of individual students over time, as well as general behavioral changes in the educational system. Based on the results, we give suggestions for behavioral changes, in order to optimize the learning experience and improve performance.


Betsy DeVos' Department of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois' name, then misspells its apology

Mashable

"Education must not simply teach work -- it must teach life." Du Bois were echoed by the U.S. Department of Education's Twitter account, but ironically, with a spelling error. The account attributed the words to W.E.B. "DeBois." Of course, people on Twitter noticed right away and were not afraid to bring out the red pens and correct the "alternative spelling." Later, the account apologized for the error -- but, sadly, it botched that too.


Assessment Modeling: Fundamental Pre-training Tasks for Interactive Educational Systems

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Interactive Educational Systems (IESs) have developed rapidly in recent years to address the issue of quality and affordability of education. Analogous to other domains in AI, there are specific tasks of AIEd for which labels are scarce. For instance, labels like exam score and grade are considered important in educational and social context. However, obtaining the labels is costly as they require student actions taken outside the system. Likewise, while student events like course dropout and review correctness are automatically recorded by IESs, they are few in number as the events occur sporadically in practice. A common way of circumventing the label-scarcity problem is the pre-train/fine-tine method. Accordingly, existing works pre-train a model to learn representations of contents in learning items. However, such methods fail to utilize the student interaction data available and model student learning behavior. To this end, we propose assessment modeling, fundamental pre-training tasks for IESs. An assessment is a feature of student-system interactions which can act as pedagogical evaluation, such as student response correctness or timeliness. Assessment modeling is the prediction of assessments conditioned on the surrounding context of interactions. Although it is natural to pre-train interactive features available in large amount, narrowing down the prediction targets to assessments holds relevance to the label-scarce educational problems while reducing irrelevant noises. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work investigating appropriate pre-training method of predicting educational features from student-system interactions. While the effectiveness of different combinations of assessments is open for exploration, we suggest assessment modeling as a guiding principle for selecting proper pre-training tasks for the label-scarce educational problems.


Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithms - Machine Learning Mastery

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What is supervised machine learning and how does it relate to unsupervised machine learning? In this post you will discover supervised learning, unsupervised learning and semis-supervised learning. Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithms Photo by US Department of Education, some rights reserved. The majority of practical machine learning uses supervised learning. Supervised learning is where you have input variables (x) and an output variable (Y) and you use an algorithm to learn the mapping function from the input to the output.