Two more universities get into blockchain education with specialized online courses

TNW | May 31, 2019

Earlier this week, Ireland‘s Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys launched the country’s first Master’s in blockchain technology. While on the other side of the Atlantic, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania introduced a new course on all things fintech.Ireland‘s new blockchain Master’s was developed in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, a government funded ICT training organization, and Dublin City University. The course is targeted primarily at IT professionals looking to build their blockchain dev skills.The “MSc in Blockchain” aims to close the skills gap that ICT Skillnet claims is currently preventing adoption of the technology, and to help Ireland become one of the world’s leading developers of blockchain related technology, according to the prospectus .Although it’s an online course, only residents of the Republic of Ireland can apply, though.The University of Pennsylvania‘s business school, The Wharton School is – as you might expect – taking a more business-oriented approach. Its new “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies” course has been launched in response to the world’s “rapidly changing business landscape,” an announcement reads.

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Seasonal learning research allows researchers to compare student learning patterns when school is in versus out of session. While there is some controversy about the magnitude of summer learning lossii,iii three trends are consistent across seasonal learning research findingsiv: achievement typically slows or declines over the summer months, declines tend to be steeper for math than for reading, and the extent (proportionally) of loss increases in the upper grades.

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Seasonal learning research allows researchers to compare student learning patterns when school is in versus out of session. While there is some controversy about the magnitude of summer learning lossii,iii three trends are consistent across seasonal learning research findingsiv: achievement typically slows or declines over the summer months, declines tend to be steeper for math than for reading, and the extent (proportionally) of loss increases in the upper grades.

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Liquid Web | September 27, 2021

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Cloudbeds Horizon launches to empower hospitality schools to upskill students in cloud technology

Cloudbeds | December 10, 2021

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