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Digging into Student Thinking

New Technology Captures the Learning Process

Standardized tests are a staple in classrooms across the country, but they don't give teachers much information to improve student learning strategies. That's changing.

"It's one thing to know the answer to a question, but it's another to pull together information about the process a student goes through to get to that answer," said Peggy G. Carr, acting commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The upcoming NAEP in math, reading, and writing (grades 4 + 8) uses new technology to target 'process data'- or traces a student leaves as s/he progresses through an assessment- to give teachers a better picture of how to support learning.

Process data include: 1) what a student does, 2) in what order does s/he do it, 3) how long it takes to do it.

Within a few years, researchers believe computer-based assessments will be designed to include eye-tracking, clickstream, and keystroke programs (to capture typing patterns/pauses), among other tools.

In a forthcoming study of NAEP writing, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) found differences in how boys and girls approached essay questions. Girls edited more (e.g., word choice, cutting + pasting), and took fewer pauses to plan the next sentence . In a separate study, ETS found that students with a history of performing poorly on reading tests did better when prompted to write a summary of a reading passage before answering multiple-choice questions on the content.

These data will help teachers identify the root of the issue: did the student encounter structural problems? Misunderstand the question? Become distracted by irrelevant information?

Thoughts about technology and the learning process?  Tweet us at @UArts_PIE_MEd and include our hashtag: #uartsinnovate

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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The Classroom in the Digital Age

Making Learning Customized

Our Ed Tech curriculum empowers K-12 teachers to optimize technology in today's classroom.

  • Leadership in Educational Technology
    Have you ever been approached as a tech resource in the classroom? Have you ever been asked to deliver a tech training? Do you see yourself as a potential tech lead at your school? You will leave this course with the ability to design and deliver technology direction and optimize digital learning environments within the classroom and to your school or District.
    InstructorJoseph Bires
  • Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
    Explore multiple ways to comfortably and appropriately balance classroom time and at-home time with blended and flipped models. We will experiment with flipped practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. 
    InstructorScott Duggan
  • Using BYOD as Mindtools
    Does your school or District have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, but you'd like to know more about how to implement within your own classroom? Immerse yourself in collaborative lesson designs using a multitude of devices that students bring to explore in class.
    InstructorJoseph Bires

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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Faculty Spotlight: Matt Duvall

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

Matt Duval knows the impact of technology. 

Matt Duvall is a curriculum designer, teacher, and doctoral candidate, whose dissertation is on the impact of technology on academic literacy practices. Matt's work focuses on STEM education, with an emphasis on the 'T' (technology). He has designed secondary ed curriculum, and has been a high school teacher in both public and private schools.  He is also an application developer and a software developer.  Matt holds a PA Business/ Computers certification (K-12) and an English certification (7-12) . He holds teaching positions at Drexel and at Gratz College. Matt has presented at national conferences and has published both academic and popular fiction writing.

Matt teaches in our MEd in Educational Technology Program.  Matt's courses ETEC 602 Differentiated Instruction Using Educational Technology and ETEC 603 Ethics in Educational Technology. Check out the abstracts to his upcoming publications.  Congratulations, Matt!  

Duvall, N., & Duvall, M. (2016). Writing, social technology, and creativity: Analyzing how technology can influence student creativity in writing. Paper to be presented at the 2016 International Conference on Urban Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Duvall, N., & Duvall, M. (2016). Developing customized software for classroom interventions. Poster to be presented at the 2016 NERA Annual Conference, Connecticut.

Duvall, M. (2016). Repurposing commercial technology for classroom use: A case study using Goodreads. Paper to be presented at the 2016 NERA Annual Conference, Connecticut.
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Introducing our PIE/MEd Course Catalogue!

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017

PIE/MEd Course Catalogue, 2016 - 2017 

Check out our comprehensive catalogue of all the courses offered in our PIE + MEd programs. This list covers courses in a diverse array of matriculated and non-matriculated courses in The Arts, Educational Technology, Inclusion + Literacy. 

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Faculty Spotlight: Hinda Schuman

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, photographer and UArts Continuing Education Faculty, is participating in the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour this weekend. She will be sharing new work including documentary story telling and still life images.

No Need to RSVP— her studio will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. She looks forward to sharing what she has been working on and as an opportunity for many to see her new studio along with the great work being done by the other artists in the area.

Studio Location:

3510 Scotts Lane

Building 32 Studio #101

Philadelphia PA 19129


Free parking, studio is located on several bus routes; studio is a 15 min walk from East Falls Regional Rail Stop.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.

2016 POST Schedule:

October 8 & 9: Studios West of Broad Street open to the public

October 22 & 23: Studios East of Broad Street open to the public

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Calligraphy and Watercolor Workshop Courses - This Fall!

Express yourself.


Join watercolor painter Leanne Grimes for our Watercolor Workshop: Observational + Still Life Painting course to learn about the tips, tools, and secrets for successful watercolor painting. Explore approaches to painting still life set ups, color selection, painting wet into wet, glazing and washes, and more. Be sure to check out our full Faculty Spotlight interview with Leanne here!

Also coming up next month is Calligraphy, taught by guest lecturer Ron Little! This beginner's course in the beautiful italic hand will emphasize the correct making of all lower case letters and numerals as determined by its principal tool: the broad-edge pen. The course will stress traditional techniques as well as developing good work habits.

Be sure to check out some of our exciting offerings by visiting us here for a full list of Fall 2016 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

    • Leanne Grimes - Succulent Garden at the Commune
    • Ron Little - Book Plates, Works on Paper
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Submit Your Projects!

Share your work!

Would you like to share your projects including artwork or writing with students from your UARTS Continuing Education course? We are soliciting content by current students to be featured in Creative Consumption our monthly student newsletter. These submissions can be creative writing, digital projects, photography, videos of classroom performances, or artwork.

Please email submissions to  with “Creative Consumption” in the subject line. Submissions due by the 15th of the month.

Images should be sent as JPG files and make sure to include credit information (name, title, medium, year.) Writing submissions should be sent as Word or Google document attachments. 

Getting Social?

Share your content!

Did you know the Continuing Education Department has their own dedicated social media channels? You can find us on the following channels:

Twitter: @UArtsCE

Facebook: Continuing Education at the University of the Arts


We encourage students to share their creative journey during the Summer 2018 semester at UArts Continuing Education by tagging all media shared on their various social media channels with #UArtsCE.

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Submit your content!

Would you like to share your projects including artwork or writing with students from your UArts Continuing Education course?

We are soliciting content to be featured in the monthly Creative Consumption student newsletter. Please email submissions to  with “Creative Consumption” in the subject line. Submissions due by the 15th of the month. Images should be sent as JPEG images.

Make sure to include credit information (name, title, medium, year).

Share your content!

Did you know the Continuing Education Department has their own dedicated social media channels? You can find us on the following channels:

Twitter: @UArtsCE

Facebook: Continuing Education at the University of the Arts


We encourage students to share their creative journey during the Fall 2016 semester at UArts Continuing Education by tagging all media shared on their various social media channels with #UArtsCE.

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Around Town

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:

Fleisher-Ollman Gallery
New Geometries
Sept 15 - Nov 12

Savery Gallery
Sept 15 - Oct 28
Curated by Marc Blumthal, artists working in new media, photography, poetry, sculpture and sound.

Institute of Contemporary Art
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now
Up thru March 19

“This should be really interesting for UARTS students--a show rooted in music and experimental art making!” - Lovitz

University City Arts League
'Baked Goods'
Opening Reception: Friday October 21st

Oct 7 - Nov 20

To learn more about Adam,


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A Defining Moment for Collaborative PD

How Would You Design Collaborative PD?

Teachers who embrace new technologies recognize that professional development is optimized through collaboration with other educators.  Modern collaborative learning--through blogs, Twitter chats, badges, Slack channels, other interactive platforms-- is not easily achieved through traditional professional development practices. Professional development in the digital age is participatory, flush with idea- and resource-exchanges. If you were to re-frame 'traditional' PD practices, what would it look like?
Questions to get you going:
  • How would it help advance specific curriculum requirements and standards?
  • How would it trigger additional professional learning opportunities?
  • How would it help students?
  • How would it contribute to connections with other educators?
Join us for our First Monday Chat for an organically organized, inquiry-based conversation among educators around specific issues in educational technology, arts education, and inclusion. #uartsinnovate

Next Chat: Monday, October 3rd, 7-9pm for our PIE + MEd Faculty Twitter Chat on Teacher Collaboration at #uartsinnovate

See our full course catalog HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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The Art of Food Writing

Hungry Pigeon

Hungry Pigeon

Lose yourself in the art of food writing with Andrea Calabretta!

Food Writing
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30PM, September 27-November 1
Instructor: Andrea Calabretta

The art of food writing requires not only a keen interest in and knowledge about food but also an ability to translate your experiences and bring them alive for the reader-through evocative language that appeals to the five senses. Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, or persuade. We will discuss the full spectrum of food writing-restaurant reviews, food blogs, magazine articles, personal essays, recipe-centered pieces, social and cultural commentary, food history, destination pieces-and try your hand at a variety of forms. Creative brainstorming, hands-on writing exercises, group writing critiques, and close analysis of readings by some of America's best food writers will comprise the main activities of the workshop. This course culminates in an exclusive tasting dinner at local hotspot Hungry Pigeon. Chef Scott Schroeder will be on hand to offer commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life.

Register now - only three spaces left!

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Faculty Spotlight: Deb Broderick

Debora Broderick is motivated by educational philosophy.


CE Program Director Caitlin Perkins recently sat down with Teaching Artist Certificate instructor Deb Broderick. Check it out! 


Expertise/Occupation: Teacher Education; using the arts as a method of inquiry in teacher education; I have an EdD in Reading/Writing/Literacy

What motivates you to want to teach in adult education?

I have been working with teaching artists for over 10 years in various high school classrooms. It is exciting to now be working with these adult students at UArts. It gives me an additional perspective on the multiple roles of the teaching artist.


As part of my own research, I am involved in ABER--Arts-Based Educational Research--a research field and methodology that challenges traditional research methodologies and pushes the boundaries of what counts as credible research. ABER scholars argue that the arts open spaces for divergent understandings of teaching and learning. For this reason, UARTS is a perfect fit for me.

What is your favorite subject to teach?

Philosophy & Educational Philosophy (using the arts to understand philosophy)

What’s the most important principle you teach in the Foundations of Learning Theory course?

We all have a philosophy or worldview that we operate from―the goal is to be able to articulate that philosophy in order to develop an intentional teaching practice.

What often surprises students about the your course?

That educational philosophy can be tied so closely to issues relevant in the arts.

If someone wanted to read more of your research and writing, where would they go?

I am published here.

I also have an article in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, which highlights my work with high school students on a literary arts magazine.

You can follow Deb Broderick on Twitter @debbroderick or on LinkedIn.

    • Visual Teaching Philosophy - Student Work
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments, Distillation
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments, I Don't
    • Deb Broderick - Fragments
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'The Love of the Arts' with CE Student Denise Portner!

Denise Portner

Denise Portner

Featuring CE Student Denise Portner!

In celebration of the “Maker’s Moment,” the milestone of the University’s 140th anniversary, a 140th Anniversary journal was created that will feature blog posts by a variety of members of the UArts community – President David Yager,  alumni and others – offering their thoughts, memories and experiences of UArts.

Check out this excellent post featuring Continuing Education student Denise Portner!

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Faculty Spotlight: Michael Estok

User centered design is a hot topic.

Read more about how UX Designer Michael Estok, who is teaching Usability + User Experiencebrings these ideas into the UArts Continuing Education classroom.

What motivates you to want to teach in adult education?

Technology has opened doors for me to a career that didn’t exist when I went to college; I’d like to help more people walk through those doors.

UARTS is a school that has a strength in design, can you talk about the intersection of design and user experience?

Design helps to solve problems in new and innovative ways. By learning how to approach things from a design perspective, we can contribute to making the world a better, more interesting place.

You are teaching Usability and User Experience, perhaps one of the hottest topics  in the digital world today. What makes this an exciting area for students to explore?

You can help solve real problems and create products that people use everyday. It’s not hyperbole that what you make can touch millions of people’s lives. There is also a huge need for people who can look at problems, collect and analyze information, then create solutions in pretty much every industry.

What’s the most important principle you teach in the Usability and User experience course?

Understanding user centered design is not about pushing pixels. It’s about addressing people’s needs and creating solutions to help them.

What often surprises students about the designing with usability and user experience in mind? or alternatively, where do they stumble?

Showing your work early and often. When designing it’s tempting to hold off sharing your work until you feel it’s complete and polished, but more you share with stakeholders and your audience the better your final product will be.

Do you have a website where potential students can see how you approach these ideas?

You can follow Michael here

Check out some sample student work from past sessions of this course down below! Also - did you see our post about local design firm P’unk Ave? They designed a new Appalachian Trail app built with user centered design in mind! You can read the full article here.

    • Indego - Student Work, Image 2
    • Indego - Student Work, Image 3
    • Indego - Student Work, Image 4
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What is a Teaching Artist?

The Teaching Artist, Defined

Today, the term "teaching artist" is generally applied to individuals working in their chosen field who are also able to bring their art to learners in the community. Learners can be found anywhere from community centers to hospitals, from after-school programs to shelters. But for the vast majority of teaching artists the focus is on reaching school children in grades K-12. A teaching artist seeks a path different than a state-certified K-12 public classroom educator, choosing to focus on studio or performance processes and how to bring this creative knowledge to the community through their art.

To learn more about our Teaching Artist Certificate here at UArts, be sure to visit us here. To view our application, click here.
    • Teaching Artist Certificate, CE 2014
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Student Profile: Kathryn S. Moller

UARTS Continuing Education Student Profile: Kathryn S. Moller

Interview with Caitlin Perkins, UArts Continuing Education Director

Every time I have the chance to visit the classrooms, or speak to people taking UArts Continuing Education courses, I’m inspired. The quality of the work that they are producing, and the excitement around the projects they have underway reminds me how important a resource Continuing Education can be. One of these students is Kathryn S. Moller.

Kathryn recently participated in a UArts student focus group. During that conversation Kathryn explained why she took a course in Continuing Education, “I've taken online writing courses, gone to writers groups, and taken short workshops; but the experience of being in the classroom with an instructor–who has real world experience, who works in this field–can't be replaced."

I reached out to Kathryn and continued our conversation about her experience in the UArts classroom later by email.

Kathryn, what’s your profession?

I am a business analyst and work for Woldgate, LLC in Reston, VA as a contractor to the Philadelphia School District’s Information Technology Department.  We are installing a data warehouse with a business intelligence solution.

Your job is very technical, what inspired you to find a creative outlet like screenwriting?

I started out in IT in the apparel industry and worked with graphic artists, designers, merchandizers, and people who wrote advertising blurbs.  Maybe I have a primal envy? Really, I don’t see a big difference between script writing and technical scripts.  They both are precise, cut the useless, get to the point, paint a picture, and elicit emotion.  

What were your takeaways from David Greenberg's Screenwriting course this summer?

If you mean what I got out of the course? Two gems—after the first draft when you have a created a tight plot, overwrite to develop the theme and character. Then go back and cut.  By doing this you’ll cut the excess and keep the important development.  The second gem, nothing works better than index cards!

In terms of physical takeaways, David also shared each weekly lesson in a PDF, as well as film clips and links to interviews with people in the film industry.  I liked and appreciated them all.

Can you describe your favorite experience from the course?

Of all the activities, my favorite was when each of us discussed where we were with our scripts. Everyone would pitch-in, asking mind-opening questions, or sharing their ideas, perspectives, and inspirations, it was exciting.

What is the next step for you and your screenplay that you worked on in class?

I am taking the Screenwriting: The Art of Dialogue class offered by UArts with David Greenberg this fall, and would love it if UArts offered additional levels of Scriptwriting in the future.   

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Closing the Teacher Diversity Gap

Diversity in the Classroom

Image Source: The Teacher Diversity Gap Over Time

Creating greater diversity among teachers is a priority for schools, districts, and states. A new report from The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC suggests that we have a long way to go. Students of color make up about half of all U.S. public school students, yet just 18% of teachers are of color. 

Researchers found that, at the current rate of change, the proportional difference between nonwhite teachers and nonwhite students in public schools will remain through 2060.

To get to the heart of the matter, the researchers suggest, education leaders should focus on the teacher pipeline. Historically, in pathways leading to the classroom, African American and Hispanic individuals are underrepresented. The goal should not be that every student is taught by a teacher of the same race but that students routinely interact with teachers of diverse races and ethnicities.

Source: Brown Center on Education Policy analysis of data from United States Census Bureau, 2014 National Population Projections

    • The Teacher Diversity Gap - Education Week
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CE Fall Info Session + Certificate Capstone Exhibition!

Caitlin Sheehy, Chasing Norfolk, 2015

Caitlin Sheehy, Chasing Norfolk, 2015

CE Fall Info Session - Wednesday, September 14 + Certificate Capstone Exhibition!

Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs by joining us next Wednesday, September 14 for our Fall Information Session!

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one fall 2016 course (new students only - no retroactive refunds will be given).

RSVP to or 215.717.6095. Walk-ins welcome!

Caitlin Sheehy is a Philadelphia based photographer and UArts Digital Photography Certificate candidate whose work depicts the severe landscape of the Appalachian Mountains in rural Pennsylvania, conjuring notions of regionalism suffused with longing.

See her exhibition Chasing Norfolk on display in the Continuing Studies Gallery on the 9th floor of the Terra building! The show is free and open to the public.

August 15 - September 30, 2016
ReceptionWednesday, September 14, 6 - 8PM

Be sure to check out some of our exciting offerings by visiting us here for a full list of Fall 2016 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

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Faculty Spotlight: Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper, CE Instructor

Charles Cooper, CE Instructor

Faculty Spotlight: Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper studied Illustration at UArts and painting & printmaking at Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited nationally in numerous galleries and museums and in various private and public collections, including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Newark Museum of Art.

What is your area of expertise and/or occupation?

My area of expertise is primarily in drawing and painting. As many fine artists sometimes do to make a living, I worked for many years as a graphic designer with an emphasis on print graphics. As an instructor my area of focus has been drawing, two-dimensional design and color studies.

What brought you to UARTS, and what makes you excited to teach here?

When the school changed its name and became a university, I was part of the first graduating class to receive a diploma issued by The University of the Arts. I have a deep commitment and fondness for Uarts, it is where I began my career as an artist, designer and Illustrator. So when a former drawing teacher of mine offered me a position teaching drawing and two-dimensional design, I jumped at the opportunity to returned to my alma mater to give back. Every day I am excited to be a part of this institution that has given me so much, and I aspire to inspire my students in the way that my former teachers have inspired me as a creative person.

What motivates you to want to teach in adult education?

For almost two decades, I have taught mostly Freshman in the undergraduate program at Uarts. Only in the last five years or so I have been teaching in the Continuing Studies Division. I have found teaching both demographics so important to expanding my vision and abilities as an instructor. One experience compliments the other, and together they inform how I think about my course content and my role in the classroom.

What’s the important principle you teach in the Fundamentals of Design?

The most important principle I teach to students in this course is how to see and process what is in front of them. I teach them how to become more perceptually aware of the visual world and how to understand the visual forces and dynamics that are at play within a given visual experience. I teach them to understand the importance of these dynamic forces on content and meaning. If I can inform their looking in this way, I think they will naturally become better visual problem solvers and designers.

What often surprises students about design as you introduce it to them in the studio setting?

I think students are often impressed by how complex and subtle the language of design can be, and how it taps into experiences we all share as human beings. When students understand how design can communicate complex ideas and feelings with the richness and depth possible with any language, they are surprised. I think they are also surprised by the degree to which the language of design is used so effectively to influence and manipulate thoughts, feelings and behavior in a very calculated way in the world all around them by the media and advertising.  

You can check Charles out this Fall in Fundamentals of Design!
    • Fundamentals of Design Student Work - Gabrielle Smarr
    • Fundamentals of Design Student Work - Nicole Meek
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Learn to 'work the lens' with Andrea Poulsen!

Andrea Poulsen, Painted Bride Reflections

Andrea Poulsen, Painted Bride Reflections

Register TODAY for Digital Photography with Andrea Poulsen!

Looking for a helpful outline of pros and cons to consider in selecting the perfect digital camera for your every photo need? Be sure to visit our Digital Photography Certificate page to learn more about this incredible program - once there, you will find our Guide to Selecting A Professional Digital (DSLR) Camera.

Join CE instructor and professional photographer Andrea Poulsen this Fall in Digital Photography! Explore the fundamental principles, techniques and application of digital camera-based image making. Learn to capture images by selecting your exposure settings for aperture and shutter while simultaneously learning about manual metering, color balance and strong composition. This course employs a mixture of lecture, demonstrations, assignments, field trips and critiques.

Be sure to check out some of our exciting offerings by visiting us here for a full list of Fall 2016 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

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