Cape Breton University offers free online courses

Last fall, Cape Breton University (CBU) introduced free online courses, and the response has been better than expected, according to the Cape Breton Post. The program’s director, Laura Baker, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post, said they were expecting few registrants, but soon had more than a thousand students enrolled. Students can register in the courses for three purposes: to receive a certificate of participation, a credit, or simply out of curiosity. The credit option is exclusive to Cape Breton students, where the courses can count as credits toward their degrees. For $75, students can receive a certificate of participation stating they have completed the course, while those looking to simply learn something new can take part for free at any time. The courses […]

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Research blog: How we learn math

Ever wondered how you learned that the number two meant that there were two of something, or that “plane” was the word for flying metal things in the sky? Carleton’s Dr. Jo-Anne LeFevre thinks about those things almost every day. Her most recent research looks at how children develop math literacy and symbolic math (that’s knowing that the number 3 means three things, and whether the number 5 can represent more or less things than three things). The Charlatan’s Tahereh Haji sat down with Dr. LeFevre to find out what languages are best for teaching math, how different cultures factor in, and whether there’s hope for students struggling with mandatory stats classes. The Charlatan (TC): So, if you could be […]

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The learning curve: smart drugs

Imagine a pill that could make you smarter. While the concept may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, certain drugs exist that can do just that. These drugs are called nootropics, and many have been shown to improve concentration, focus, and memory, among other things.

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