Educational Innovation Weekly Review
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
December 2nd, 2014
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Computer Science Professor Raúl Rojas at Freie Universität Berlin Is University Teacher of the Year
Freie Universität Berlin
  • Raúl Rojas González, born in 1955 in Mexico City, majored in mathematics and physics in Mexico and later in economics and social sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. Professor Rojas drew international attention through the autonomous vehicles that student research teams at Freie Universität have been working on since 2006.
  • Rojas, who is a professor of intelligent systems and robotics, is an "eminent authority and exemplary model for combining research and teaching," said Dr. Bernhard Kempen, president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers.
  • He has received numerous awards, including the European Software Award, the first Wolfgang von Kempelen Prize for computer science history, and the Technology Transfer Prize from the Berlin Technology Foundation. Rojas is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Gold Medal of Science and Technology of Mexico City.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RaulRojasBestTeacher

Keywords: Science, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Research, Mexico
A Higher Ed Journey Into K-12 Innovation
Inside Higher Ed
  • As K-12 education evolves in new directions, high school graduates will increasingly expect similar frameworks and innovations when they enter college. New trends such as competency-based assessment, personalized learning, and the expansion of MOOCs to K-12 create significant opportunities for higher education.
  • Competency standards in high school pose significant challenges on the university level. A specific competency may not easily translate into a specific college-level course, especially across a range of higher ed institutions.
  • From kindergarten to high school, teachers and schools are experimenting with a wide range of personalized learning models, in which each student receives an individualized learning plan tailored to the student’s strengths and weaknesses. As a result, incoming college students may increasingly expect such personalized attention and we in higher ed have to respond creatively.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/K12Innovation

Keywords: K12, Competency-based education, personalized learning, MOOCs
Competency-based Accelerated Training
Educause Review Online
  • Broward College is piloting accelerated competency-based education (CBE) as part of its online program called Accelerated IT Training Program. The college followed a five-step curriculum development process to update the existing face-face-to-face courses to a CBE delivery model.
  • The online structure consists of units and modules, with each unit consisting of several modules that have the same set of resources for students. These include instructions, competencies, training and learning, assignments/labs, discussion, and assessments.
  • The most important characteristic of CBE is that it measures learning rather than time spent in courses. Students' progress by demonstrating their competence, which means they demonstrate that they have mastered the knowledge and skills (called competencies) required for a particular course.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CBEaccelerated

Keywords: Competency-based education, CBE
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away
  • I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement but I have just asked my students to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class.
  • Why? Over the years, I’ve noticed that when I do have a specific reason to ask everyone to set aside their devices it’s as if someone has let fresh air into the room. The conversation brightens and there is a sense of relief from many of the students. Multi-tasking can be cognitively exhausting.
  • I’m coming to see student focus as a collaborative process. It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NoDevicesClass

Keywords: Faculty, Pedagogy, Tips
'Digital is the Missing Link in Higher Education'
The Telegraph
  • In a decade where business and the media have been transformed by digital technologies, higher education can feel stuck in the lecture hall. The opportunity for universities to create a new kind of experience for students that exploits digital, is vast.
  • Figures from a Babson College research study suggest that 6.1 million US students are taking at least one online course, with a forecast that more than half all US students will be taking an online course by 2018.
  • Students want HE that's shaped to fit their lives, that's why we need HE that's fit for digital natives (which is now pretty much all students), comprising of a rich variety of learning experiences that can match the quality of what is happening on campus.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MissingLinkinHE

Keywords: Online Education, Digital Education, Higher Education, Digital Natives
MOOC Evolution and One Poetry MOOC’s Hybrid Approach
Educause Review Online
  • Based on the theory of connectivism, MOOCs originally sought to leverage the Internet as a collaborative communications platform to facilitate connections among learners and dissolve traditional ideas of "knowledge giver" and "knowledge receiver."
  • Today's MOOCs have drifted far from this vision and typically treat the communications platform as simply a new tool for delivering the same old content rather than as inseparable from pedagogy itself.
  • As a result, many of today's MOOCs are less collaborative and less interactive than earlier ones; for many educators and students, this shift represents a step backwards.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MOOCEvolution

Keywords: MOOCs
LinkedIn Integrates Education Certification Widgets
Education News
  • LinkedIn has launched a self-service certification feature that will allow professional education providers to place a certification widget on their website.
  • Users who have completed courses will be able to add the widget to their own profiles as proof of course completion. Students will have access to the student job portal, which highlights positions such as internships and entry-level opportunities which are aimed toward students and recent graduates.
  • The company has also introduced a new “YOUniversity” dashboard aimed at helping current students take their professional career from the classroom to the real world.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LinkedInCertifications

Keywords: LinkedIn, certification
How to Stop Robots From Taking Your Job
  • About half, 47%, of today’s jobs could be automated away over the next 20 years, according to a recent study by Oxford University. Indeed, disruption is coming. So what should we do about it?
  • Rather than protect jobs or increase the minimum wage, we should consider improving our antiquated education system, says Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest. Education is what saved the nation during the 19th century, but this time, we don’t need more schools, we need different schools.
  • Schools will need to place a greater focus on skills. In particular, schools should emphasize critical thinking, social, creativity and management skills. In addition, schools will need to teach students how to work with machines and other emerging technologies.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/HowtoStopRobots

Keywords: Technology, Skills, Education
Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2014.

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