Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
April 7, 2015
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Bringing Faculty Onboard With Competency-Based Learning: Five Considerations for the Professoriate
The Evolllution
  • Competency-based learning is likely to be a way of developing academic curricula that endures in the coming decades. College trustees, presidents and academic administrators are often excited about CBL as a creative way to offer a range of modalities in order to attract more diverse audiences to their campuses.
  • What are less discussed are the potential ramifications for faculty, especially those faculty members who spend much of their professional time in the classroom. But there are five significant advantages for faculty who consider adopting the competency-based approach.
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Keywords: Competency-Based Learning, CBL
For a Better Flip, Try MOOCs
Campus Technology
  • What happens when you combine a MOOC and a flipped course? More interactivity, more consistency and some interesting avenues of student interaction.
  • Innovative faculty are running MOOCs and flipped-format on-campus courses on the same schedule and having the two groups interact online. They call it "MOOC-ifying". 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Moocifying

Keywords: Flipped Classroom, MOOCs
Getting Students Thinking About Thinking
  • One of the more frustrating things to contend with as a teacher is a student who makes the same mistakes over and over again. It's a sad fact: Some students just seem resistant to our teaching. But there are steps we can take to help students get over these seemingly insurmountable hurdles. 
  • Metacognition is essentially "thinking about thinking." It's the processes through which we analyze, monitor, and regulate our thinking and learning practices, with an eye to bettering those practices.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ThnkingAboutTh

Keywords: Pedagogy, Metacognition, Teaching
Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • In free online courses offered by Harvard University and the MIT, teachers are increasingly the students. A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers.
  • Teachers enroll in MOOCs for a number of reasons. They can use the courses to brush up on certain topics, to search for teaching resources, or for inspiration for their own classes. And since there has been so much hype about MOOCs, it makes sense that educators would check it out.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeachrsMoocs

Keywords: MOOCs
Connecting the Classroom With the Internet of Things
  • 1 out of every 5 minutes spent in American classrooms is consumed by “anticipated interruptions”—transitions, materials distribution, and starting or ending class. 
  • What if new tools could help teachers get these hours back? Connected devices, an emerging trend in computing technology, may offer the potential to relieve teachers of some of this administrative burden, allowing more time to focus on students’ learning needs.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/IoTClassroom

Keywords: Internet of Things, IoT, Technology
Stanford Extends Free Tuition to More Middle-Class Students
The Wall Street Journal
  • Any undergraduate admitted to the class of 2019 who comes from a family with an annual income below $125,000 won’t have to pay tuition, the school announced. Previously, the cutoff for free tuition was $100,000 in family income.
  • “Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances,” Provost John Etchemendy said in a statement.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StanfordFreeTuition

Keywords: Higher Education, Tuition
TakeLessons Teams Up with Amazon to Pioneer On-Demand Service Commerce
PR Newswire
  • TakeLessons, the largest online marketplace for private lessons, announced its participation in Amazon's new Home Services launch. In select cities, visitors to Amazon.com can easily book lessons with TakeLessons instructors directly from their Amazon account.
  • Now, lessons for everything—ranging from math to Spanish to guitar—can be purchased through the familiar experience found on Amazon.com. Instructional services can be purchased independently, or alongside of a complementary product.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TakeLessonsAmazon

Keywords: Education, Business Models, Amazon
Collaboration, not Commoditization
Inside Higher Ed
  • Emotional ownership is important in scaling up educational innovations. And in order to accomplish this the key is to promote, support and recognize collaboration around a course by faculty, not commoditization of a course for faculty.
  • The logic of collaboration over commoditization initially centers on building emotional ownership of educational innovations, so that the new approaches to teaching and learning belong to an “us” and not to a “them”. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CollaborationNotComm

Keywords: Educational Innovation
Three Ways to Create a Student-Centered School
  • Based on the research and current educational trends, it is clear that the trajectory of education is headed towards student agency and personalization. The following guide has been designed to start the conversation for among your leadership team. A careful analysis of the assets and needs for a school or district can yield a strategic plan for the implementation of a student-centered environment.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/3waysPersonalization

Keywords: Teaching, Personalized Learning
New Teachers: How to Use Classroom Data to Inform Instruction
  • One of the most challenging things to do as a new teacher is diagnose your students as learners. How do you pinpoint patterns of strength and weakness within the classroom? It's tough. So let's start with some ways to gather data and look at how the data can influence the ways you teach and re-teach, and how you design learning.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DataInstruction

Keywords: Teaching, Formative Assesment, Teacher Development
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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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