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When the evolution of a language is driven by political dissent: the example of Chinese “hot” words

When the evolution of a language is driven by political dissent: the example of Chinese “hot” words

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Mandarin Chinese comprises around 370, 000 words, more than double the number of words in the Oxford English dictionary, and almost three times those in French and Russian dictionaries. “Reci”, literally translated as “hot words” are ... Read more >

Generation Z-ers are coming of age and bringing fresh challenges to educators

Generation Z-ers are coming of age and bringing fresh challenges to educators

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

A recent study by Bloomberg, based on UN population data, has brought on a resurgence of discussions about the impact of “Generation Z-ers”–also known as Gen Z-ers, iGeneration, Post-Millennials, Homeland Generation, or Plurals–on society. Bloomberg takes ... Read more >

Recent research looks at the debate on man vs machine translation parity from a new angle

Recent research looks at the debate on man vs machine translation parity from a new angle

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Tech companies driving the progress in neural machine translation (NMT) tend to fall into the trap of comparing NMT output with human output. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that its NMT had reached parity with ... Read more >

Redefining the concept of “master version” in test item development to address the “Anglo-Saxon legacy” and other translation effects

Redefining the concept of “master version” in test item development to address the “Anglo-Saxon legacy” and other translation effects

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

In the past two decades, new standards have been defined for the adaptation of assessment instruments into multiple languages. Sophisticated translation designs have become the norm in international large scale assessments (ILSAs). However, in item ... Read more >

Trends in learning: STEM, STEAM, STREAM… A battle of acronyms?

Trends in learning: STEM, STEAM, STREAM… A battle of acronyms?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Academic institutions worldwide are embracing "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and related curricula, supported in many cases by government funding. The term STEM was officially coined in 2001 by the U.S. National Science Foundation ... Read more >

New technologies are shaping the way surveys are done

New technologies are shaping the way surveys are done

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The range of methods ("modes") of data collection in surveys has changed drastically over the past decades. Each new technological advance has required survey research to adapt. More recently, as people are increasingly taking online ... Read more >

“Emoji are Great and/or They will Destroy the World”

“Emoji are Great and/or They will Destroy the World”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

A thought-provoking title for the keynote address by Tyler Schnoebelen at the recent "International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media". The workshop, which took place at Stanford University, USA, on June 25, ... Read more >

Garbage in, garbage out: feed AI translatable items

Garbage in, garbage out: feed AI translatable items

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner

 

In some areas, AI may be a hype. Not so for neural machine translation (NMT). On a daily basis, we hear and read about the new threats and opportunities that come with new advances in artificial intelligence (AI). In ... Read more >

cApStAn June 2018 Newsletter

cApStAn June 2018 Newsletter

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

Welcome to the third issue of cApStAn's monthly newsletter. For those of you who did not see the first two editions, in our newsletter we share news about recent developments in the cApStAn ecosystem as well ... Read more >

11th Conference of the International Test Commission

11th Conference of the International Test Commission

by Steve Dept - cApStAn partner

The International Test Commission (ITC) is a closely-knit community of researchers and field practitioners who share their work with one another, set up joint research projects and, perhaps most importantly, pool resources to define, streamline and promote best practices in ... Read more >