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New discussion post items have been posted in EDTECH.
The Talk of EDTECH 25 Years Ago, in March 1989:
Video games that teach: “I see my children's enthusiasm over video games and wonder why the educational system can't capitalize on that. Even some of the 'entertaining' video games teach skills -- memorization, strategy, eye-hand coordination! Is it any wonder that kids tune out in the traditional school setting when many have such a media-rich home environment? One of the high points in my son's second grade experience is the day they get to watch 3-2-1 CONTACT on tv!” -- Marilyn Everingham
Forming a reading group: “Is there any interest in forming a reading group of sorts ? I thought we might choose an article or theme and read related articles and have some discussions about them/it. I'm not really sure how to choose a topic or theme, perhaps we could have an informal survey of some kind or just rotate the moderation of the discussion with the moderator choosing the topic area. I see this as a way to work collaborativly to develop our knowledge bases about different topics and to collect references and ideas from colleagues. Anyone have some thoughts on the subject ?” -- Mark Rosenberg
EDTECH founder Vicki Banks reported on an ICTE paper by Margaret Niess; among the findings: “They highly valued the skill of being able to take a computer and weave its use into a variety of aspects of the regular curriculum, rather than reshape the curriculum to the computer. Training in this area was probably the strongest expressed need.”
New technologies: David Fletcher reported about the use of “Real Time Writer” at Lehman College, “an interactive software dialogue system on which students can develop their ideas, questions, texts in writing through social interaction with their peers. ... Students are learning how to write, consider audience, style, and so forth through written social interaction, which moves them from solitary and individual computer composing and into a responsive and collaborative network.”
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Applications are invited for two part time research fellow posts in Digital Humanities (Natural Language Technology and Metadata and Ontological Engineering) in the Natural Language Technology Group (NLTG) University of Brighton, UK.
Deadline: 1 April 2014.
Research Fellow in Natural Language Technology (50%FTE, 12 months) - Ref: SM4041
Traces through Time is a collaborative project, led by The National Archives, to trace individuals across large, diverse historical datasets. Your role will be to develop tools for entity recognition and extraction from different historical text types, with a focus on uncertainty and ambiguity, building on our work in the ChartEx project.. A good (1 or 2:1) degree in computer science or a related discipline, and a PhD in Natural Language Processing or equivalent professional research experience are essential. Expertise in text mining or entity extraction, particularly involving symbolic or hybrid approaches, is desirable as is experience of working with historical documents and digital prosopography. The post is fixed-term for 12 months as funding is limited.
Research Fellow in Metadata and Ontological Design (25%FTE, to 1 April 2015) - Ref: AD4005
The DEEP FILM Access project aims to improve access to the complex datasets generated by industrial film production. You will collaborate on the design and evaluation of an ontology for digital assets of a feature-length film, and a methodology for integrating assets at the point of creation, linking computer-generated and manually-created metadata. A good (1 or 2:1) degree in computer science or a related discipline, and a PhD in computer science or equivalent professional research experience are essential. Experience of working with diverse media types, associated metadata and ontological design is desirable, as is knowledge of metadata standards and open application interfaces. The post is fixed-term until 1 April 2015 as funding is limited.
The posts are supported by the 'Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities: Big Data Research' programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with support from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Applications to both posts from suitably qualified candidates are welcome, although no special preference will be given to such applications - the selection processes for the posts will run entirely independently.
For full details and application forms, see the University of Brighton Vacancies page.
For further information about NLTG, see http://www.brighton.ac.uk/cem/research/groups/nltg.php?PageId=290
Please get in touch if you have any questions about these posts, and forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.
Dr Sarah Atkinson
School of Art, Design & Media
Faculty of Arts
University of Brighton