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Adapting Assessment to Personal Learning

The shift to online learning calls upon educators to reimagine the ways we structure our courses and facilitate the learning experience. With that comes the imperative to modify the way that we assess student learning. Even this fall term will be different from the swift move to online that many instructors experienced...

Inner Mongolians Protest Chinese Language Classes

A new directive in the Inner Mongolia region is causing parents to protest. The directive will require three subjects — language and literature, politics, and history — to be taught in Mandarin. Inner Mongolia-- the landlocked autonomous region within China as opposed to the country of Mongolia-- has a population of over...

The New Normal Takes Testing Online

While academic institutions around the world struggle to decide the way forward for the upcoming school year, how to test students safely and accurately is often at the forefront of their decision making. There is no way around it. We must embrace new methods so that testing as well as the entire...

Controversy over USC Professor for Using Chinese Expression

A USC Professor is under fire for using a Chinese expression that sounds like an English-language slur. The professor, who was suspended, came under fire from a group of students who wrote a letter and signed it by, "Black MBA candidates c/o 2022." Professor Greg Patton of USC's Marshall School of Business...

Miami Herald’s Spanish-Language Newspaper Causes Controversy Over Anti-Semitic Insert, Editor Resigns

This week, editors at The Miami Herald and it's Spanish-language cohort, El Nuevo Herald, apologized to readers over a Spanish-language insert that said American Jews support "thieves and arsonists" and compared Black Lives Matter protesters to Nazis. The editors said they were "deeply sorry" for the column that was posted in an...

Abu Dhabi Announces Five-Year Plan to Promote Arabic

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed, chair of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has approved the Arabic Language Center’s strategy for 2020 to 2025, which will focus on a few core areas to preserve and encourage the use of the language, including using Arabic content, developing digital platforms in the language, and encouraging research...

Sep. 23 is International Day of Sign Languages

September 23 is the United Nations' International Day of Sign Languages and this year's theme is "Sign Languages are for Everyone!" The result of a 2017 initiative by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), the International Day of Sign Languages is observed on September 23 because it was on that day...

Developments in Remote Assessment

While the use of remote education and remote testing has been on the rise, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the volume of remote educational and assessment approaches. With this increased frequency of remote testing, it’s useful to know the variety of options available to help ensure a secure process that supports test-taker...

Pandemic Highlights Importance of Indigenous Self-Determination: UN Rights Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world’s indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed. Michelle Bachelet described the pandemic as “a critical threat” to indigenous communities everywhere, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental...

How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The holiday celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President...
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