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July 22

Learning Linear Algebra for Computer Graphics?

Are there any good intro Linear Algebra books (or other media) that take an applied, computational approach, and specifically one based on graphics, image processing or computational geometry? [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid at 8:45 AM - 5 answers

July 20

Summer terms at public universities - how do they work?

I am faculty at a U.S. public university and I want to better understand how summer term works as a cash cow for the university. It feels a little scammy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 PM - 19 answers

Options for getting a bachelors' degree as an English speaker in Paris

I'm a British citizen, living in the UK, but quite likely moving to Paris at the end of this year for my partner's new job. We have a young child, and we are planning that for the first year of our stay, I would be a stay-at-home parent. Possibly longer than that, though I'm keen to learn French and get a job after that year. I'd like to get suggestions for the best way to study for a bachelor's degree while we are in France. [more inside]
posted by fireinacrowdedtheatre at 5:57 AM - 1 answers

July 18

Public lectures/workshops in London (or EU)

I plan on visiting London in August, September and October. I am looking for public lectures (could be paid, or it could be non-public but tolerant of public infiltrators) on just about any intellectually interesting topic - philosophy, religion, politics, psychotherapy, cryptoeconomics, history, art, music, writing, well-being etc etc etc. Any thoughts and ideas of where to start looking? Cheers.
posted by vizsla at 7:26 AM - 17 answers

July 16

Foreign languages for work

I enjoy learning foreign languages as a hobby, and until today I thought I was doing pretty well. Someone at work asked for help translating a passage, and I realized that most of my vocabulary is relating to fun and hobbies, and I can't really discuss professional matters. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 6:36 PM - 7 answers

July 14

Grading papers: please share motivational tips

I've been teaching college for a long time and yet I still struggle with motivating myself to grade papers. [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 2:59 AM - 19 answers

July 13

Data, surveillance, or computing excursions in NYC?

I am a professor of information science, and I am teaching a special topic first-year undergraduate seminar this fall called "Data Doubles and Digital Traces." Are there any good museums, plays, movie screenings, or events related to surveillance, privacy, data, computing, and/or the self in New York City or Philadelphia in September through November of 2018 where I can take my students? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 10:30 AM - 5 answers

Final exam question about how infotech can help oppressed poor people

Years ago, on the web, I came across a test question that a college professor posed to their students, sort of asking them what information ought to go onto an ebook reader/mobile device that oppressed peasants could use to make their own lives better, but subtextually demonstrating that this problem is very very hard. I can't find it now -- anyone got a link? [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 5:42 AM - 0 answers

Let's start from the beginning

I want to learn more about the history of Europe, with a particular focus on Germany. I'm not interested in the 20th century yet, I feel like that's starting at the end of the story. Do you have book, documentary, series recommendations for me? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 2:06 AM - 15 answers

July 12

How long does it take to train to be a lifeguard?

I'm writing a story and I need to know, basically, how long it takes to get a US open water lifeguard certification, if you already have one for closed water. Simple, right? None of the websites I can find will tell me, only how long the certification is good for. Can anyone help this writer out?
posted by HypotheticalWoman at 10:07 PM - 6 answers

Help me micro teach Photoshop!

I'm looking for interesting ideas to teach the basic concepts of Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by brilliantmistake at 4:51 AM - 12 answers

July 9

Name for a sex ed class for 9th-12th graders

Please help me name this sex ed class for 9th-12th graders. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 11:14 AM - 26 answers

July 8

Free study materials for the GED test for an educated adult?

I am looking for online and self study materials for taking the GED in Texas, preferably free, or at least very cheap. Workbooks and videos, and lots of practice tests, suitable for quick review and self study, for an adult who is already halfway done with college. [more inside]
posted by ethical_caligula at 4:07 PM - 6 answers

July 6

Is there such thing as a co-op Auto-Shop in Seattle?

Is there such thing as a co-op auto shop/garage in Seattle? I'd love to learn the basics of auto-repair, but the only classes I have found are full degree/certificate programs. Is there something more casual that an auto-ignoramus can access in Seattle? I'm not averse to travelling, but I'd prefer it to be in-city rather than the outlying areas. anybody?
posted by jimmereeno at 12:36 PM - 3 answers

July 4

How to encourage kids to think critically about YouTube

I'm a volunteer counselor at a summer camp with a strong emphasis on critical thinking and scientific inquiry, and I'm hoping to put on an hour-long program helping kids (ages 8-17) learn how to discern fact from fiction on YouTube specifically, and the internet in general. I'm concerned about radicalization via the "Up Next" suggestions, and I'd like to do whatever I can to head off that sort of misinformation. [more inside]
posted by tybstar at 2:45 PM - 6 answers

June 28

How do I get my work mojo/enthusiasm back through a stressful period?

UK academic suffering from maybe the equivalent of writers block, in a toxic work environment and finding it impossible to concentrate or do creative work; running out of ideas to reclaim motivation, and looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 PM - 4 answers

June 27

Applying to College for (not) dummies, 2018 edition

My daughter has her Senior year in HS coming up and I am getting mentally prepared for the college application trek. Need up to date advice, tips and tricks from those who have traveled this path. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 7:26 AM - 17 answers

June 25

Summer camp surprise ideas

Through our community center, I have the awesome opportunity of running a three-week day camp this summer. It's a literacy camp and we'll also be teaching the kids how to navigate the city using the public transit system. What are some small things that we can do to make this camp really special for the campers? [more inside]
posted by eisforcool at 3:36 PM - 14 answers

How can I give my kid some low-stress test prep for the Grade 3 CogAT?

My kid (grade 3 this Fall) has the opportunity in October to take the CogAT Grade 3 exam, for accelerated learning eligibility. I'm not inclined toward prepping, but for reasons (snowflake details below) I've decided to do some low-stress prep with her over the summer. Can you recommend a specific course of prep, or source of test questions? Either paid or free works. [more inside]
posted by gurple at 9:48 AM - 1 answers

June 21

Degree program for working with LGBT health

Help me choose one of two degree programs that will allow me to work in an explicitly LGBT-related field. (I know this is broad, many constrictions inside) [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:30 PM - 6 answers

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