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Jul 23, 2014, 15:05 ET from ProfNet

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Child Immigration Crisis
Rachel Buff
Associate Professor of History
University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"This is a refugee/human rights crisis. These children originate in some of the most dangerous cities in the western hemisphere. There exist laws guaranteeing children travelling alone a hearing in immigration court; these laws were designed to prevent trafficking and abuse of children. These laws dictate due process rather than expedited deportation."
Buff is coordinator, Comparative Ethnic Studies Program; interim editor, Voces de la Frontera; and editorial board member, Nation of Nations Series, New York University Press. Recent publications include "Domestic Internationalisms, Imperial Nationalisms: Civil Rights, Immigration and Conjugal Military Policy" (University of Illinois, 2012) and "'The Undergraduate Railroad': Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship" (New York University Press, 2008).
Media Contact: Greg Walz-Chojnacki,

Why Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Aren't Working
Harman Singh
CEO and Founder
"In the future, MOOCs have the potential to completely transform education. However, as of right now, don't expect to see universities shutting down as a result, as some experts have begun projecting. Despite the recent rapid rise in MOOCs, this format continues to be an evolving model, and one that isn't quite established yet. Despite the seemingly unlimited access to free information through MOOCs, a 2012-2013 study conducted by MIT and Harvard revealed an overwhelming 95 percent of students dropped their online courses before completion, a rate substantially higher than traditional education's dropout rates. While some students have expressed satisfaction taking MOOCs, others give various reasons for dropping them. Among the most common reason cited behind this dropout rate: there is no live teacher engagement."
Since Singh founded WizIQ in 2006, the company has evolved to be the first and only online global education marketplace to offer live instructor-led learning. His career as a visionary e-learning innovator spans more than 13 years. He has successfully leveraged technology to replicate the classroom experience online making it more accessible, for both students and teachers. He has directed the company's growth, while developing and creating WizIQ's vision and business strategy. He's recognized for his expertise in conceptualizing, planning and developing specialized solutions for the online learning industry. He provides both strategic and tactical direction at WizIQ. His leadership and determination has enabled WizIQ to consistently excel at developing and implementing solutions that create value for working professionals, instructors and corporations. The company has received multiple leading awards for its innovative solution, including the Global e-Learning Awards 2012 for the 'Best Virtual Classroom Provider' from the World Education Congress (WEC).
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