Weekly Report for Academic Leaders
Elaborated by the Observatory of Educational Innovation of Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tuesday October 07, 2014
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The Future of Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
  • Institutions are disrupting themselves from the inside out. True disruption occurs when existing institutions begin to embrace the forces of transformation.
  • The innovations taking place may not seem to be as dramatic as those that loomed in 2012, but the consequences are likely be even more far-reaching, challenging established business and staffing models.
  • Let’s begin by looking at ten innovations that are slowly but surely being incorporated into higher ed, and then to five new educational models that are gradually emerging.
  • These ten innovations are: Learning Analytics, Microcredentialing, Competency-Based Education, Personalized Adaptive Learning, Curricular Optimization, Open Educational Resources, Shared Services, Articulation Agreements, Flipped Classrooms and One-Stop Student Services.
  • Five new educational models: New Pathways to a Bachelors Degree; The Bare-bones University; Experimental Models; Corporate Universities and All of the Above.
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Palabras Clave: Innovación educativa, modelos de aprendizaje
The Quiet Movement That Could End Higher Education as We Know it
Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Americans are in search of alternatives to the four-year degree. While much talk of alternatives has centered on MOOCs, there’s been a quiet movement to train students in specific job skills, a model known as competency-based learning.
  • Competencies promises to make higher education affordable to more people. Tuition costs for these programs are already comparable to, or lower than, community colleges. As a result, online competency-based education is an attractive option for a growing number of nontraditional students.
  • As more job candidates emerge from these programs just as qualified as students from traditional four-year programs, employers may offer them jobs in an increasing number of areas. Eventually, the need for formal degrees or certificates could go away.
  • These programs as vocational, but they have the potential to reduce the importance of location, the time it takes to get a degree, and the school brand in traditional higher education.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias
For-Profit Giant Starts Competency-Based ‘Open College’
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Kaplan Higher Education is creating an "Open College" aimed at adults who may already have skills and experience that could qualify for college credits. The new venture will include free online services and personalized mentoring to help people identify and organize prior experience and skills that could count toward a degree or move them closer to a new career.
  • Students who enroll in Open College could take courses at Kaplan University or from other sources, such as the MOOC provider edX or the Saylor Foundation.
  • The Kaplan offerings respond to a growing interest in competency-based education and a concern among many higher-education experts about the absence of tools to help people, especially adults, find more economical and efficient pathways to degrees and careers.
  • A student entering with no credits who pursued the program for 48 straight months could earn a bachelor’s degree for about $15,000. Officials expect that such students would typically enroll with about 60 credits, take 24 to 30 months to complete a degree, and pay about $9,500.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias
Want Higher-Ed Reform? You May be Surprised Where You’ll Find it
The Hechinger Report
  • At a time when there’s huge pressure for reform in higher education, many community colleges are proving more responsive than their four-year counterparts. The fact is that universities haven’t paid much attention to their lower-level counterparts.
  • Community colleges in 21 states have added four-year bachelor’s degree programs in high-demand fields. They’ve connected closely with local businesses, and provide education so much more in tune with workforce needs that people who have bachelor’s and even master’s degrees return to community colleges for training that will get them jobs.
  • A research by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce shows that nearly 30 percent of graduates of community colleges make more money than their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees.
  • But a significant portion of the activity at community colleges has resulted from cutbacks greater scrutiny and criticism of their performance. Those realities mean community colleges have “had to be innovative, had to be entrepreneurial, had to be very creative.”
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Palabras Clave: Educación
Why Does Switzerland do so Well in University Rankings?
The Guardian
  • Switzerland, has two universities, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in the top 20 in the QS rankings and seven in the top 200 in both the QS and Times Higher Education (THE) rankings. So what is the secret of the country’s success?
  • Investing heavily in research and science has helped Switzerland move up the rankings. Switzerland’s success partly reflects the country’s heavy investment in research: it spends 2.2% of its GDP on research and development, double the EU average of 1.1%.
  • Like a number of other institutions in the QS top 20, both ETH Zurich and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, specialise in technology and science. Frank Ziegele, director of Germany’s Centre for Higher Education, says: “If you’re a university focused on humanities you never have the chance to be on top in the QS rankings.”
  • Is there another way? New type of rankings such as the Leiden rankings or the The new U-Multirank site, provide a more accurate methodology for assessing universities’ research performance.
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Palabras Clave: Rankings
Ranking Universities Based on Career Outcomes
  • More than ever, students go to college because they want to get jobs — good jobs. To that end, students and parents want to know which schools give them the best chance at getting a desirable job after graduation.
  • By analyzing employment patterns of over 300 million LinkedIn members from around the world, we are able to rank schools based on the career outcomes of their graduates.
  • For each university and profession, we then calculate the percentage of relevant graduates who have obtained desirable jobs. These percentages allow us to rank universities based on career outcomes across different professional areas.
LinkedIn University Rankings: http://bit.ly/LinkedInRankings
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Palabras Clave: Rankings, LinkedIn
Twitter, MIT Create New Research Lab to Analyze Every Tweet
The Wall Street Journal
  • With a $10 million investment from Twitter, data scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are creating a new research group that will get access to Twitter’s entire feed of real-time and archived public tweets. This is Twitter’s first financial foray into academic research.
  • The Laboratory for Social Machines aims to better understand how information spreads on Twitter and other social media platforms. MIT Media Lab said it plans to build data visualizations, mobile apps and other tools to “create new forms of public communication and social organization.
  • The investment follows on the heels of the Twitter Data Grants program, launched in February. The program, which gives institutions access to Twitter’s public and historical data, attracted over 1,300 applications. Six institutions were selected in April.
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Palabras Clave: Redes sociales, investigación académica
The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
Mind Shift
  • Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that’s a part of history that even the smartest people don’t know.
  • I took a trip to ground zero for today’s computer revolution, Stanford University, and randomly asked over a dozen students if they knew who were the first computer programmers. Almost none knew.
  • Names like Ada Lovelace, Jean Jennings, Frances Bilas and Grace Hopper were never mentioned. Meet the women who created modern tech.
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Palabras Clave: Tecnología, innovación
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