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Since 2018, every ITMO University student regardless of their educational program has to study a number of disciplines that make up the Digital Culture block. Apart from Data Analysis and Machine Learning, the block features Applied Statistics. In this ITMO.NEWS article, we asked Anatoly Karpov, lead analyst at Mail.ru Group and author of popular MOOCs on statistics and machine learning, why it is important to avoid the “Humanities vs STEM” divide, and how statistics can counter fake news.
Data Science for Culture, Toxicity, and New Perception of Time: Researchers of New Media Discuss Trends in Digital World
Last week, an open plenary discussion on data, digitized culture and digital society took place as part of the interdisciplinary conference EVA 2019 and the Information Society and Technology Week. Experts in the field of Digital Humanities discussed new research projects and challenges. The event’s special guest was Lev Manovich, a theoretician of new media and digital culture and a professor of Computer Science at City University of New York.
On May 27-28, the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris hosted a special meeting that brought together educational experts from more than 50 countries of the world. Experts discussed and provided suggestions for the Open Educational Resources (OER) project, which aims to make educational resources open and accessible to all, as well as to encourage international collaboration in the propagation of knowledge. Representing Russia at the meeting was Yulia Romanenko, a staff member of ITMO University, who spoke with ITMO.NEWS about the expert group’s work and the significance of the project to the development of global education partnerships.
Council for the Development of Digital Economy at ITMO University: Online Education and Russian Universities in Global Top-50
On March 26, ITMO University hosted the third session of the Council for the Development of Digital Economy at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. At the center of discussion was the topic “Human Capital as the General Asset of Digital Economy”. The event’s speakers and participants discussed the training and retraining of human resources in the framework of the Digital Economy national program. Particular attention was paid to the issue of regional involvement in the development of human capital for the digital economy, as well as providing Russian citizens with opportunities for lifelong study and avoiding the risks related to the automation of economy.
What is Digital Humanities? Who focuses on this research field and why? During an open lecture at ITMO University, Kimon Keramidas, a professor at New York University and co-head of ITMO's Digital Humanities Lab answered these questions. The expert spoke about the origins, evolution and achievements of Digital Humanities at New York University and around the world. The lecture was part of the DH Days conference, a popular science event dedicated to Digital Humanities.
ITMO University has launched the latest installment of the competition for its academic staff and job seekers. This year marks the first time that the competition is held according to ITMO’s Road Map for the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project and the university’s own educational standards. What makes this competition truly special is that it follows the university’s unique “code” represented by the formula V+F+PS+SS, where V stands for Values, F for Fundamental, PS for Professional Skills and SS for Soft Skills. ITMO.NEWS asked Aliya Bagautdinova, head of the Department of Academic Affairs, some questions about the competition.
Modern information technologies are helping linguists, sociologists, culturologists and art experts quickly complete tasks that would have taken them years otherwise. New tools don’t just make things easier, but offer a new outlook on the challenges faced by researchers in humanities. Antonina Puchkovskaya, a teacher at ITMO’s Foreign Languages Department, has recently returned from a trip to New York where she held a workshop titled “How to Make Your Humanities Course More Digital: the Syllabus Redesign” as part of the NYC Digital Humanities Week. She spoke to ITMO.NEWS about the benefits of digital technologies in education and humanities.
Starting in 2018, all newly-enrolled Bachelor’s and Master’s students at ITMO University will study digital culture regardless of their area of studies and educational program. This new subject will provide them with the skills needed to utilize modern IT tools. The demand for programming skills among employees continues to grow year after year. In this article we’re going to look at why everyone needs to know about programming today, where to begin when studying it, and what makes these new skills useful.
Starting in September 2018, studying a course in Digital Culture will become mandatory for all incoming ITMO students. Since information technologies have entered all aspects of our lives, now every professional has to possess the corresponding competencies. Elena Mikhailova, Advisor to Rector on the Digital Culture program track, shared about this new course and its significance for both ITMO's staff and students.
These days, it’s impossible for us to imagine spending a day off social media. How do they affect our mind and psyche? There’s always a negative undertone to this question: do they make us dumber, waste our time, or make us vain? But let’s see what science thinks about this matter. ITMO.NEWS sets out to understand – how does social media really change us?