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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Effective learning / A conversation with the creator of Coursera’s most popular course of 2016

By: Euan Black - Posted on: October 23, 2017 | Society

Schools are failing to teach the basic processes through which our brains produce new knowledge – and one professor has decided enough is enough

Barbara Oakley, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan

‘New’ is exciting. It is also too often conflated with ‘better’. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of education, where teachers are under pressure to teach more effectively, parents constantly search for ways to improve their child’s upbringing and lifelong learners voraciously digest self-improvement listicles in a bid to prepare themselves for the rise of the ‘gig economy’.

But in our unending quest for betterment, we often overlook tried-and-tested techniques – and we generally don’t start by building a strong foundation.

After volunteering for five years in an urban school district in the US, Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University in Michigan, decided to create a free online course, or massive open online course (MOOC), that offers practical advice to help people learn more effectively.

“The kids were great but the structure, the environment and even the teachers were not necessarily optimal in any way, shape or form,” Oakley told Southeast Asia Globe. “It just got me to realise that we don’t teach students how to learn.”

You learn what’s happening in your brain when you procrastinate and how to trick your brain into not procrastinating.something most traditional ‘theory of education’ classes fail to cover”

The course, filmed using a makeshift green screen studio in Oakley’s basement, uses metaphor and Microsoft 98-era animations to unpack complex topics, such as procrastination, memory and motivation, to give course participants lots of practical takeaways to help them improve the way they learn.

To date, more than 1.8 million people from 200 countries have signed up to Oakley’s ‘Learning How to Learn’ course, which is available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese via the MOOC provider Coursera.

According to Oakley, the course has been so well received because it reveals the nuts and bolts of learning but manages to do so in a fun and entertaining way.

“It teaches you how to work in a less frustrated way. You learn what’s happening in your brain when you procrastinate and how to trick your brain into not procrastinating, something most traditional ‘theory of education’ classes fail to cover,” she said.

The methods and techniques that Oakley advocates in the course borrow from well-established neural science. One example is the Pomodoro technique, which involves setting a timer for 25-minute stretches of focused work followed by regular ‘rewards’ such as listening to a song or going on a short walk. During the reward phase, our brains consolidate the information we have just learned, helping us to order our thoughts and forge stronger mental connections between pieces of information.

Barbara Oakley teaching at Oakland University

Initially developed by renowned software developer Francesco Cirillo, the technique is effective because our brains have two modes of thinking: ‘focused’, in which we build on previous knowledge like a pinball bouncing around a machine with lots of bumpers, and ‘diffuse’, in which our brains are afforded the space required to create new neural pathways, and, thus, learn new knowledge. We can’t use both modes at the same time, so taking sufficient breaks allows us to employ both ways of thinking.

Unfortunately, according to Oakley, such techniques are unlikely to be taught by professors any time soon due to vested interests in the world of higher academia.

“There are lots of wonderful people in academia, but if academic skill centres truly fix [students’ study techniques], then the [students] will be gone and will not be continued users of their service. There’s this sort of crisscross: they want students to learn better but they help them in a way that means students will continue to rely on them,” she said.

“They don’t get them to learn how to learn independently, but students want to learn independently. That is why the course has been so popular.”

This article was published in the October edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here

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