OIT works on CIF system after Dec. crash

first_imgThe University’s Course Instructor Feedback (CIF) system experienced problems at the end of last semester, resulting in the entire student body receiving their grades at the earliest time, Erin Hoffmann Harding, associate vice president for Strategic Planning, said. “For a period of about three hours on the last night of the CIF window for most undergraduate courses, the OIT server supporting the CIF system experienced a slow down in performance,” Hoffmann Harding said. “The system never crashed, almost 1,000 surveys were successfully submitted during this time and no information was lost.” Some students who tried to access the system could not complete their CIFs, she said. Beginning during the 2009 fall semester, completing CIFs allowed students to view their semester grades seven days early. “The system slow down prevented some students from successfully submitting their CIFs,” she said. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to reopen the survey system prior to the beginning of final exams. It was also not feasible to identify which students had been affected by the slowed performance.” Administrators decided to modify the grade holding policy for the fall semester only, Hoffmann Harding said. OIT is investigating the system problems, and the early grade incentive will exist again in the spring. Hoffmann Harding said the CIF system is still in development, and the next priority is to solve the performance speed. “The system will also soon have the ability to provide more customized information to students in e-mails about which CIFs they still need to complete and when their individual survey windows close,” she said. “We welcome suggestions about other enhancements that would improve students’ ability to offer feedback to their professors.” The response rate was 78 percent for all of the fall 2010 courses, she said. This rate was lower than fall 2009, but exceeded the response rate for fall 2008. Dennis Jacobs, vice president and associate provost, said feedback from CIFs is integrated into the classroom through feedback given directly to departments and faculty. “Instructors are provided with a detailed summary report of the CIF data collected for every course section they teach,” Jacobs said. “For each CIF item, the instructor can see the distribution of student responses, a calculated mean score, and a comparison to the scores received by other faculty who teach similar courses at Notre Dame.” Professors also see the open-ended answers, but they cannot see student names, he said. This allows for anonymity. “Many faculty members reflect on thoughtful CIF feedback from their students as they consider ways to improve their teaching in future semesters,” he said. Past improvements to CIFs have provided more incentive for students to complete them, Jacobs said. “Five of the questions appearing on the CIF were written together by students and faculty with the purpose of providing more information at the time of course selection,” he said. “The results to these five items are displayed within Class Search on the Registrar’s website.” Only students who have completed their CIFs the previous semester can view these results, Jacobs said. “This enhancement to Class Search along with gaining earlier access to grades provide two valuable incentives for students to complete all their CIFs,” he said.last_img read more

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Tangerang official confirms viral video of girl suspended 15m high on power cable

first_imgEmergency and logistics head Kosrudin at the Tangerang Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) confirmed the veracity of the video, saying that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.Nadin, bocah di Kecamatan Curug, Kota Tangerang pada hari Kamis (16/4/2020) sore bermain di pemasangan kabel sutet, dia bergantungan di kabel yg masih rendah. Ketika kabel ditarik petugas, dia terbawa hingga ketinggian 15 meter. Anak itu selamat. Ditangkap dg matras oleh warga. https://t.co/6z4cYSRowC— BNGPY (@BNGPY) April 17, 2020Kosrudin said that the girl was playing with friends near the EHV cables at the site of the installation project when she was inadvertently suspended in the air.“She did not know that the cables were being [installed]. She hang on to the cable when it was still low,” Kosrudin said as reported by kompas.com on Friday.Unaware that the girl was hanging on to the cable, the workers continued to lift the cable into position. The girl reportedly hung on as the cable was pulled up higher and higher, as she was afraid to let go. Local officials have confirmed the veracity of a viral video that shows a girl suspended on an electricity cable 15 meters above the ground in Curug district of Tangerang regency, Banten.The video had been reposted multiple times on social media by Friday.The girl, reportedly a 9-year-old resident of Curug, is seen in the video screaming for help while clinging to an extra high voltage (EHV) power cable that was being installed at the time of the incident. “Help, I can’t hold on anymore. I want to get down,” the girl is heard crying out in the 1-minute, six-second video clip.The incident sparked a flurry of activity among local residents, who scrambled to get a bed mattress in place beneath the girl to catch her as she fell.Kosrudin said that the girl had survived the fall with only light injuries, and had been taken immediately to a local hospital.Rizki Aftarianto, of the Tangerang branch of state-owned electricity firm PLN, apologized for the incident and said he would increase supervision at project sites.He also urged members of the public, especially young children, not to play in or around project sites, kompas.com reported. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Clonmel boxer suspended from Olympics

first_imgO’Reilly was not due to fight until next Friday but at present is provisionally suspended. The athletes B sample will be tested and while that process could be completed within 48 hours it’s unlikely that the result will differ to the A sample. The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics commences later tonightIt remains unclear if Michael O’Reilly will stay with the squad at the Olympic village following a positive drug test.The Tipperary boxer has tested positive and now stands to miss out on the games.last_img read more

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