New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs to embark on a 150-km-long ‘padayatra’ in their constituencies between October 2 and 31 period, to mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday.Addressing a BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi also asked Rajya Sabha members to visit constituencies where the BJP organisation was weak. “Modi told MPs that everyone should carry out a 150-km-long padayatra in their constituencies during the period starting from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, to October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,” Joshi told reporters after the meeting. The prime Minister also suggested that these padayatras can be conducted between October 2 and January 30, the death anniversary of Gandhi. “It is for the party to decide on the timing,” the minister said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sharing details of the proposed programme, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said the prime minister underlined that these padayatras should focus on villages and reaching out to public. “Modiji told MPs that 150 groups should be formed in each constituency which will cover 150 kms and the party MPs will be part of these groups. The idea is to reach out to public and seek their feedback on the government’s work and their expectations from us,” he said. Meghwal said Modi underlined that Gandhi and villages will be the focus and MPs should discuss Gandhian thoughts with the people. Modi also suggested that plantation of trees, cleanliness and other issues related to village can also become part of the planned marches, Meghwal said. He further said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on the budget and talked about key features of it.
Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini has watched the evolution of teaching unfold before her during her 18 years in post-secondary education.Awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award at Brock in 2015, Martini admits she’s not the most technology-minded professor out there, but she also knows the important role it can play in effective teaching.“I think technology can be helpful and useful. Do I think it’s absolutely necessary for learning to take place? No, but I find some of the tools, when you learn their ins and outs, can be very effective in helping things move in classrooms,” Martini said. “Overall, I feel like I’m pro technology.”Martini said overheads were still the dominant tool of the trade when she started teaching at the University of Windsor in 1998. Then came PowerPoint, which is still largely in use.Now there are interactive tools such as clicker devices that allow students to answer questions during a lecture and then see their marks immediately posted on a screen at the front of the room.Martini, who has been teaching at Brock since 2003, now uses Microsoft’s OneNote, which allows for everything from course planning to a virtual collaborative space for students.“It’s easy to set up discussion groups and it’s very user friendly. Students have started to use it for other things, like their own notes. It’s not a tool that’s governed by me,” said Martini.It’s this type of technology use that will be highlighted at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s EDTECH Showcase being held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in ST 103, 105 and 107.The event will be a conversation about the benefits and challenges of using teaching technologies such as: classroom response systems; Office 365; online course evaluations; Sakai; social media; streaming video; and web authoring.Among the specific Brock projects to be highlighted, History professor and chair, Daniel Samson will be showcasing elements of the newly created online course HIST2F90, designed and taught with Michael Driedger.“Trying new educational technology tools has been productive for us as teachers,” said Samson. “It has encouraged us to rethink our philosophy and practice in small but significant ways.”Other educational technology projects showcased will include the use of Open Educational Resources, where faculty supported by Brock’s eLearn initiative created open online textbooks to increase access and affordability for students. Earth Science professors Marie Shmidt, Frank Fueten and Rick Cheel collaborated for ERSC 1P94 Planetary Science.Similarly, History also used the same platform for their open online textbook, HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic World.
Oxbotica, the autonomous software company, has appointed Richard Jinks (pictured) as Vice President – Commercial as it looks to take advantage of opportunities in industries such as mining and farming.Jinks, who joins from AXA XL where he previously established a global autonomy programme, will have a specific focus on Off-Road and Risk Solutions, Oxbotica said.“He will develop the company’s portfolio across off-highway industries, manage relationships and further extend its reach in international markets,” the company said.The appointment is the latest in a number of moves Oxbotica has made to facilitate its rapid international growth, the company said. “These include the completion of a £14 million ($18 million) funding round, a strategic partnership with Addison Lee to collaborate on the deployment of autonomous vehicle services, and the appointment of Fraser Robinson, former Uber Head of Business, to its Board of Directors.”Oxbotica says its software uses the latest in computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to enable vehicles to operate autonomously in any environment and on any terrain. “Its infrastructure-free, localisation software is already deployed in multiple industry-leading international customer projects in vehicles on roads in complex urban environments.”Jinks said: “Autonomous vehicles will eventually become ubiquitous on public roads, but there are enormous opportunities in many industries – whether that’s at airports, down mines or in farms – to capitalise on in the intervening period and beyond.”