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How AI and emerging technologies will help create an educational environment of continual learning and positive feedback loops

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

The next wave of innovation in education may well be "extreme", say the authors of this recent article for Medium (1). Formal education, designed in an analog world and forcing everyone to take the same ...

Should Wikipedia consider banning machine translations on its platform if there is no human supervision?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Content translation tools on Wikipedia allow editors to generate a preview of a new article based on an automated translation from another edition. Used correctly, these tools can save valuable time for editors, in particular ...

Would Leonardo da Vinci have excelled in our “myopic” school system?

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Leonardo da Vinci had a voracious and prolific creative talent, says the author of this article, and today's models of assessment and methods of teaching are not receptive, or conducive, to creative impulses and disruptive, ...

When author and translator forge a partnership so close that their roles are “mingled” and “merged”

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Former Asymptote Journal editor-at-large Tiffany Tsao spent three years translating into English the award-winning "Sergius Seeks Bacchus", by Indonesian poet Norman Pasaribu. By working so closely together, she says, the labels of "translator" and "author" ...

Is “camp” about being an “inherent outsider”? The recent Metropolitan Museum Gala provided endless discussion around what the term means

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Talk about what camp means has resurfaced lately thanks to the camp-themed Met Gala. First noted to mean the use of exaggerated actions or gestures in 1909 in the Oxford English Dictionary, It has ...

EU agency analyses 32 m online job offers to map skills most in demand

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

About 32 million unique online vacancy postings from seven EU countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, UK) have been collected by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and processed ...

Fun with languages: “Italy Towels” are a popular item in Korea but in Italy no one knows what they are

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Stories and curiosities about different cultures, languages and traditions abound among cApStAn's very international linguist team. A charming story shared on the internal blog by South Korean linguist Shinoh Lee sparked off a discussion on how ...

Could French become the second global language in the world, after English?

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Yes, according to "La Francophonie" (OFI), a formal group of 58 nations across five continents, where French, spanning  is officially or broadly spoken. Fifty years from now, they say, French will be spoken by 477 ...

Pop-up courses and self-designed majors:  how education is to changing to become more appealing for Gen Zers

by Pisana Ferrari - cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Education is changing to better cater to Gen Zers' specific needs, e.g. their wish to be the "architects" of their educational experience and to engage with the world as it changes. At Bennington, "pop-up" courses ...

Translation, test adaptation and linguistic quality assurance procedures in International Large Scale Assessments

by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village

 

Translation quality is crucial in International Large Scale Assessments (ILSAs) as meaning shifts, which are language-driven, and perception shifts, which are culture-driven, can affect the psychometric properties of test items and thus ...