Are MOOCs, Bootcamps and Other Alternative Education Options Effective?

The House has passed one bill, and is likely to pass another, that would provide funding for people to enroll in certificate programs, apprenticeships, bootcamps and other technical education programs. But a new study questions the quality of these programs, as well as the evidence that demonstrates their efficacy. The courses, many of them online, have been called the perfect solution for education seekers put off by the time and expense of traditional college degree programs. Praised as shorter, cheaper and more tailored to practical skills than four-year degree programs,…

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Trump’s ‘alternative facts’: Why the row about inauguration ‘lies’?

He has only been president for a few days – but already Donald Trump and his team are locked in a new dispute with US news organisations. The row over the coverage of his inauguration has provided the first indication of what Mr Trump’s relationship with the media will be like. And it has amazed even some of the most seasoned political commentators. What is the argument about? Photos showed more people had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama in 2009 than Mr Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The number…

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Alternative Fashion Week gets under way in Belfast

A DOUBLE amputee and a former body builder with a muscle wasting disease are not the conventional models seen gracing the catwalks of fashion shows. But in a first for Northern Ireland, people who “showcase the diversity we see in society” are taking to the runway for an Alternative Fashion Week. Older, mobility-impaired and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender models will be among those showcasing latest fashions at four events across Belfast. Co Down photographer and Equal Fashion Magazine founder Shelley Rodgers has a passion for bringing alternative looks and…

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