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Nigeria: NSE All-Share Index Rises 0.23% As Market Rebounds

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The stock market rebounded yesterday after two days of decline as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI) rose 0.23 per cent to close at 41,147.72.

The market had depreciated on Monday and Tuesday after gaining the last week.

However, the bulls returned yesterday with 55 stocks gaining, while 16 lost value a day after the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, presented the market performance for 2020 and outlook for 2021.

Year-to-date growth rose to 2.2 per cent following gains posted by counters such as Lafarge Africa Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, MTN Nigeria Plc, Transcorp Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and FBN Holdings Plc.

However, Deap Capital Management Trust Plc, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc, Niger Insurance Plc, Royal Exchange Plc and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc led the price gainers’ chart with 10 per cent apiece.

Livestock Feeds Plc and BOC Gases Plc chalked up 9.8 per cent apiece, just as Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc, Linkage Assurance Plc and Ardova Plc garnered 9.7 per cent apiece.

Conversely, Sunu Assurances Plc and AXA Mansard Insurance Plc led the price losers with 10 each, trailed by Japaul Gold & Ventures Plc with 9.3 per cent. Afromedia Plc shed 9.0 per cent, just as Omatek Ventures Plc went down by 8.7 per cent. UACN Property Development Company Plc lost 6.2 per cent among others.

Meanwhile, activity level was mixed as volume traded rose 23.7 per cent to 649.6 million shares units while value traded fell 13.6 per cent to N4.6 billion. The most traded stocks by volume were Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (52.1 million shares), Transcorp Plc (51.7 million shares), and Sterling Bank Plc (48.1 million shares) while Lafarge Africa Plc (N900.1 million), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (N803.6 million), and Dangote Cement Plc ( N410.6 million) topped by value.

In terms of sectoral performance, the NSE Insurance Index led with 2.5 per cent, followed by the NSE Industrial Goods Index that appreciated by 0.5 per cent. The NSE Oil & Gas and Consumer Goods Index gained 0.4 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively. On the contrary, the NSE Banking Index shed 0.2 per cent.

Onyema had on Tuesday expressed expressed optimism that the market would record another impressive performance in 2021, noting that the exchange would consolidate on the benefits of demutualisation.

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[edm-announce] Call for Abstracts: Workshop LAK21 Teachers’ Games

edm announce call for abstracts workshop lak21 teachers games
  • From: Stephen Fancsali <sfancsali@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: edm-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:29:53 -0500

[on behalf of José A. Ruipérez Valiente]

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the “Workshop on Design of Learning
Analytics for Digital Game Use in the Classroom”  at LAK21. The workshop is
organized by four educational game labs to foster conversations about how
we should approach co-design with teachers of learning analytics and data
visualizations for educational games to increase the real impact of games
in classrooms. To contribute with your game to the session, you only need
to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by 02/09/2021 that
describes how you have been approaching this issue with your game, and what
worked well or didn’t work. Most importantly we would love to hear diverse
perspectives at the intersection of learning games and data with the goal
of supporting better teaching and assessment practices in classrooms. You
can learn more about the workshop from the following website

If interested, please submit your abstract to lak21teachersgames@xxxxxxxxx.

We are looking forward to seeing your submissions.

Playfully yours,

YJ Kim, José A. Ruipérez Valiente, Grace Lin, Matthew Berland, Nathan
Holbert, Baltasar Fernández Manjón, and David Gagnon
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[edm-announce] Diagnostic Questions: The NeurIPS 2020 Education Challenge

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  • From: Stephen Fancsali <sfancsali@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: edm-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:06:55 -0400

[on behalf of Jack Wang]

We invite individuals and teams to participate in Diagnostic Questions: The
NeurIPS 2020 Education Challenge.

1. Call for Participation
We invite individuals and teams to join this year’s NeurIPS competition on
educational data mining. The competition website is where participants can
find datasets, rules and submission guidance. Submission to the competition
is open from July 15, 2020 until October 23, 2020.

2. Key Dates
● July 15, 2020: Submission to all tasks of the competition opens; dataset
and starter kit released
● October 23 2020: Final submission deadline for all tasks
● November 15 2020: Final competition results announced, private evaluation
leaderboards revealed, prize-winners notified.

3. Prize and Support

Competition Prizes

Microsoft and Eedi will provide a total of $5,000 in cash prizes for the
competition. There will be $1,000 prizes awarded to the winning team for
each task. In addition, a $1,000 prize for the overall winner across all
tasks will be awarded, as determined by the team’s average rank across each
competition task (smallest average rank wins). If a team hasn’t submitted a
working solution to a particular task, their rank for that task will be
considered to be equal to the number of entrants across all tasks in total.
(Further restrictions on eligibility for the prize may apply. Please see
rules for details). In the event of a tie, this prize will be split evenly
between the tied teams.

Azure Cloud Computing Credits

Microsoft made available 50 grants of $250 Azure cloud computing credits to
students participating in the contest. Students are not required to use
Azure to compete. Please fill in the application form here to apply. The
credits will be allocated to the first 50 valid applications.

4. Competition Overview

Digital technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in education,
enabling personalized, high quality education resources to be accessible by
students across the world. Importantly, among these resources are
diagnostic questions: the answers that the students give to these questions
reveal key information about the specific nature of misconceptions that the
students may hold. Analyzing the massive quantities of data stemming from
students’ interactions with these diagnostic questions can help us more
accurately understand the students’ learning status and thus allow us to
automate learning curriculum recommendations. In this competition, you will
focus on the students’ answer records to these multiple-choice diagnostic
questions, with the aim of 1) accurately predicting which answers the
students provide; 2) accurately predicting which questions have high
quality; and 3) determining a personalized sequence of questions for each
student that best predicts the student’s answers. These tasks closely mimic
the goals of a real-world educational platform and are highly
representative of the educational challenges faced today. We provide data
from the last two school years (2018-2020) of students’ answers to
mathematics questions from Eedi (, a leading educational
platform which millions of students interact with daily around the globe.
By participating, you have a chance to make a lasting, real-world impact on
the quality of personalized education for millions of students across the

More Information, including instructions to get started and submission, can
be found in the official competition guide (

Organizing Team:
Jack Wang (Rice University),
Angus Lamb (Microsoft Research),
Evgeny Saveliev (Microsoft Research),
Pashmina Cameron (Microsoft Research),
Yordan Zaykov (Microsoft Research),
José Miguel Hernández-Lobato (University of Cambridge),
Richard Turner (University of Cambridge),
Richard G. Baraniuk (Rice University),
Craig Barton (Eedi),
Simon Peyton-Jones (Microsoft Research),
Simon Woodhead (Eedi),
Cheng Zhang (Microsoft Research)

– Link to the competition:
– Competition guide:

Contact: edu_competition@xxxxxxxxxxx

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[edm-announce] Fwd: Call for Proposals for the ALICE Special Track at The Learning Ideas Conference 2021

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  • From: Ryan Baker <ryan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: “edm-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx” <edm-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 10:27:08 -0500

———- Forwarded message ———
From: The Learning Ideas Conference <no-reply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 09:27
Subject: Call for Proposals for the ALICE Special Track at The Learning
Ideas Conference 2021



*Adaptive Learning via Interactive, Collaborative*

*and Emotional Approaches (ALICE) *

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2021

*The Learning Ideas Conference 2021*
is now accepting proposals for a new special track on Adaptive Learning via
Interactive, Collaborative and Emotional Approaches (ALICE), formerly the
ALICE workshop. See our *ALICE Track Call for Proposals*
page for more information.

The ALICE Special Track follows the previous 10 editions of the ALICE
Workshop Series, which aims to provide a forum for innovations in learning
engineering that have been designed to improve learners’ engagement and
teachers’ experiences. Works that combine adaptive techniques with
approaches based on conversational agents, interactive data analytics,
affective computing, collaborative learning, gamification and e-assessment
are welcome.

Academic researchers, professionals, and practitioners are invited to submit
a proposal to the ALICE track
to report their ideas, models, designs and experiences on the proposed
topics. Empirical results from real users in learning and training settings
at scale (e.g., MOOCs and other large-scale courses) are particularly
welcome in order to evaluate and discuss the impact of the proposed
innovations. *The submission deadline is February 15, 2021. *

This is the 11th ALICE workshop and the first one to be incorporated into
The Learning Ideas Conference. For more about past ALICE workshops, visit
the former ALICE site

*The Learning Ideas Conference*

June 16-18, 2021

New York, NY and Online

The Learning Ideas Conference 2021 will include both IN-PERSON and ONLINE
presentations, and proceedings will be published as a book/ebook in the
Springer series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing.”

If you have any questions about The Learning Ideas Conference 2021, please
contact us directly at info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Plus, follow us on
social media!
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c/o Kaleidoscope Learning 41 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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