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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning

1 Oct 2014 Pittsburgh - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will lead a five-year, $5 million early implementation project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve educational outcomes and advance the science of learning by creating a large, distributed infrastructure called LearnSphere that will securely store data on how students learn.

By accessing more than 550 datasets generated from interactive tutoring systems, educational games and massively open online courses, or MOOCs, course developers and instructors will be able to improve teaching and learning through data-driven course design. Mining this educational data also will help researchers obtain deeper insights into how people learn.

Ken Koedinger, professor of human-computer interaction and psychology, will lead the project, which will include colleagues from CMU, MIT, Stanford University and the University of Memphis.

"We've seen the power that data has to improve performance in many fields, from medicine to movie recommendations", Ken Koedinger stated. "Educational data holds the same potential to guide the development of courses that enhance learning. Gathering more of this data also promises to give us a deeper understanding of the learning process."

LearnSphere received one of 14 data-driven research awards totaling more than $31 million announced by the National Science Foundation under the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) programme. Now in its second year of funding, the awards support research in 22 states and touch on research topics in computer science and in every field of science supported by the NSF.

"NSF has an ambitious vision for advancing scientific frontiers through an enabling and collaborative data infrastructure", stated Irene Qualters, NSF division director for advanced cyberinfrastructure. "We are particularly pleased that this year's DIBBs awards include this CMU-led project to build on the NSF-sponsored Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center's DataShop repository for educational researchers."

The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, created in 2004 and headed by Ken Koedinger, studies how people learn and how learning can be made more robust. In the process, it created DataShop, the world's largest open educational data repository, which in turn spurred the rapidly expanding field of educational data mining.

Most of the information in DataShop is gleaned from heavily interactive systems, such as computerized tutoring systems and educational computer games, Ken Koedinger noted. LearnSphere will add additional types of educational data, including information about student behaviour and performance in MOOCs.

Ken Koedinger said he hopes to increase the amount of data shared through LearnSphere by making it a distributed storage system, rather than a centralized system. Researchers will store their data on their own servers, enabling them to maintain the confidentiality of their subjects and exercise greater control over what elements of that data can be accessed by outsiders. This should motivate more companies and researchers to share their data, he explained.

"We're trying to create a culture in which scientists will not only be cited for their research findings, but also for their datasets", Ken Koedinger stated.

A key tool to be created in this project is a graphical interface that will enable users to combine data sources and analytic tools. The project researchers will be developing new methods for integrating data, for collecting data from MOOC experiments and other learning environments and for making automated discoveries from the data.

The researchers also will investigate how to recognize when students get off track or might dropout and will design effective interventions.

"Learning models based on the wide variety of datasets housed in LearnSphere will enable new forms of personalized, just-in-time support for learning", stated co-investigator Carolyn Rosé, associate professor in the Language Technologies Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU.

Using learning science and technology to improve student learning is the focus of Carnegie Mellon's Simon Initiative. One element of that university-wide initiative, the Simon DataLab, was launched last year to make learner-interaction data more easily accessible to instructors. The infrastructure being created through the new LearnSphere promises to further enhance this effort.

John Stamper, director of DataShop, joins Ken Koedinger and Carolyn Rosé on CMU's LearnSphere team. Members of the team from MIT are providing expertise in MOOC datasets, Stanford will provide interactive learning data and MOOC data from the Online Learning Initiative, and Memphis researchers, along with Carolyn Rosé, will contribute expertise on technology support for learning through discussion.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University

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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...