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ALT Lab models and inspires connected learning for a networked world through faculty development, student engagement, communities of practice, and technology enhanced active learning. We cultivate distinctive experiences of deeper learning fostered by high engagement for student success. For disambiguation...

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Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

What follows here is an exploration of an evolving project I’m working on to provide some additional touch points for current and prospective students in online courses at VCU. Chatbots, AI, Machine Learning, and other terms with similar connotations seem to be all the rage nowadays, but using publicly available cloud services, we can get […]

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Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

What follows here is an exploration of an evolving project I’m working on to provide some additional touch points for current and prospective students in online courses at VCU. Chatbots, AI, Machine Learning, and other terms with similar connotations seem to be all the rage nowadays, but using publicly available cloud services, we can get […]

The post Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX appeared first on Jeff Everhart.

Weekly Web Harvest for 2017-12-03

Kleptocrat Kleptocrat is a unique game of strategy and tactics, based on real-life patterns of money laundering and offshore structuring that have been used by actual corrupt public officials… that is, until they got caught. This game, created by The Mintz Group, a global investigative firm that specializes in tracing assets, offers you insight into the strategies of the corrupt, as well as those who are trying to bring them to justice. Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – Bloomberg He started a spreadsheet, Scums.xlsx, to keep track. xkcd: Bad Code “it just looks bad because it’s a spreadsheet formula” Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers | EdSurge News The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Rather than hire authors to write textbooks from scratch, the company is now curating open-educational materials already on the internet. Firefighters attempt to contain Bel-Air blaze ahead of the strong winds expected Thursday night – LA Times The Los Angeles Police Department asked drivers to avoid navigation apps, which are steering users onto more open routes — in this case, streets in the neighborhoods that are on fire.  Food taboos: their origins and purposes the Ache people, i.e., hunters and gatherers of the Paraguayan jungle. […]

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