Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
March 3, 2015
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Will Professors Teach Differently in 10 Years?
Inside Higher Ed
  • Unfortunately, my guess is that the answer to this question is a sound “NO”. Despite continuous claims of a revolution in classroom teaching strategies, in most higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world traditional lecturing endures.
  • And It will probably continue this way for many years to come, because to do otherwise requires a change of paradigm for hundreds of thousands of instructors, HEIs tradition and culture, and every aspect of institutional operation. This is a critical challenge for the next decade. Let the revolution start!
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Keywords: Teaching, Educators
Are ‘Learning Styles’ a Symptom of Education’s Ills?
The New York Times
  • Do you like to learn by seeing, hearing or doing? According to some education researchers, it may not matter. They say the idea of teaching according to students’ “preferred learning styles” — auditory, visual or kinesthetic — has little to no empirical backing. 
  • But although criticism may be denting the idea’s popularity, it still persists — which may say something larger about the way teachers today are trained.
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Keywords: Education, Research, Teaching
As a Whole New Kind of College Emerges, Critics Fret Over Standards
The Hechinger Report
  • Competency education offers credit for experience, but who decides? Critics fear that, in the rush to compete for students by promising them credits for experience, some colleges and universities will make getting competency-based credits too easy. 
  • There is a danger of institutions just putting a new name on an old concept, or of institutions thinking this is a short-term panacea. Competency-based programs “could very easily devolve into diploma mills,” said Amy Laitinen, a former White House and Department of Education advisor. 
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Keywords: Competency-based education, CBE
5 Steps to Help CBE Topple the Credit Hour
eCampus News
  • The adoption of competency-based programs has become increasingly appealing to higher education institutions. Done right, CBE could provide better learning opportunity’s for today’s students and their bank accounts. However, the credit hour is so ingrained for most higher education institutions that it has proven highly difficult to make such a radical transition.
  • Yet, a new report released by Tyton Partners in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, titled “Evidence of Learning: The Case for an Integrated Competency Management System” proposes an integrated and transparent competency management framework.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CBE5Steps

Keywords: Competency-based education, CBE
5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014
  • Studies, research papers, doctoral dissertations, conference presentations — each year academia churns out thousands of pieces of research on education. And for many of them, that's the end of it — they gather dust in the university library or languish in some forgotten corner of the Internet.
  • We've looked over that list and compiled a summary of lessons from a handful of the most viewed papers from the American Education Research Association in 2014. 
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Keywords: Education, Research
Future of Research – Why Academic Publishing Needs to Become More Social
  • The digital revolution has upended the media and publishing industries in recent years. Yet despite this shift, the process of writing and reading has remained largely unchanged. 
  • It’s important that publishers embrace new social tools and platforms to rescue their authors’ works from simply becoming another historical footnote by helping their content become more dynamic and expansive.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AcademicPSocial

Keywords: Academia, Academic Publishing, Technology, Social Media
Prove it: How Does Blended Learning Look in a Classroom?
The Hechinger Report
  • There are plenty of online videos that feature people advocating for the use of technology in schools. But it’s rare to find quality video of what blended learning actually looks like inside a classroom. “We like to joke that it is a bit like a unicorn that people believe in but they have never seen it.”
  • The staff at BetterLesson carefully captured evidence of the unicorn and they have video to prove it. Want to see it?
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ProveitBlended

Keywords: Blended Learning
The Skills Americans Say Kids Need to Succeed in Life
Pew Research Center
  • What are the best skills for kids to have these days? Pew Research Center recently asked a national sample of adults to select among a list of 10 skills. 
  • The answer was clear. The survey found communications skills were seen as most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AmericanKidsSkills

Keywords: Education
Micro-School Parents, Students Build One-Room Schoolhouses of Today 
Clayton Christensen Institute
  • The one-room schoolhouse calls to mind pastoral scenes from an older America but many of its ideals are once again becoming the schooling reality for a handful of students in some of our most tech-forward cities today. 
  • These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children. Micro-schools frequently do away with grade-levels in favor of technology-enabled, project-based learning and student-customized pathways to learning. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MicroSchools

Keywords: Education, Micro-schools, Trends
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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, 2015.

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