The MIT Ethics Reading Group is led by three Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate students–Irene Chen, Leilani Gilpin, and Harini Suresh–who are worried about the future of AI and how it will be used. “AI is so cool,” said Chen to MIT News. “It’s so powerful. But sometimes it scares me.” Read more here.
The night before a big exam, it’s tempting to stay up all night and hit the books to get an extra edge. After all, you’re young and you can sleep when you’re dead, right? This is important! Baylor University, however, gave students an incentive to sleep before their tests: extra points on a final exam if they get a solid 8-hours’ rest. Guess who scored better–even without the extra credit? Read about it here.
Some people are visual learners. Some people learn better by listening. Others learn by doing. These tactile learners might groan and glaze over at the mere thought of an advanced math class. Sara Jensen, an assistant professor of mathematics at Carthage College, however, has a different plan: No books. No worksheets. Only knitting needles and yarn. Learn more here.
Keeping students motivated during the semester can be a challenge when the going gets tough and the realities of an engineering education set in, and midterms and finals come around. But one email from you, the TA, AI, or professor, can help keep students in the pipeline. The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about how. Read it here.
Prism magazine also has useful coverage on how to use this technique to keep students engaged. Read Mary Lord’s article here.
Job searching is especially fraught if you fall into a protected class. People who are disabled (or differently-abled) must, on top of an already difficult process, contend with discrimination, a system where resources are not easy to come by, and rampant misinformation about what is legal and what isn’t. Find a few resources for job searching below: