Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
December 9th, 2014
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Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015
The Times Higher Education
  • The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015, powered by Thomson Reuters, includes only institutions in countries classified as “emerging economies” by FTSE, including the “BRICS” nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • The Tecnológico de Monterrey occupies the #71 position in this rankings. Climbing 28 positions since last year.
  • The top universities ranking uses a similar methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, covering all core missions of a world-class university - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – using 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators.
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Keywords: Rankings, Higher Education
13 Higher Ed Tech Tools and Approaches to Watch in 2015
Education Dive
  • Higher education technology businesses can get lost in the weeds after their launch has passed and they’re no longer in the startup or seed funding mode.
  • Here are 13 ed tech tools and approaches from companies and institutions that you should keep on your radar due to their recent recognition:
  • Biometric Signature ID, Capella University's FlexPath, Civitas Learning, Colorado Technical University's Intellipath, Ellucian, Excelsior College's OWL, Hitachi ID Systems, iDashboards, Johnson County Community College's Learning Studios, Respondus, Skillsoft, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's U-Pace, and Verificient Technologies.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/13EdTechTools

Keywords: Higher Education, Online Education, technology
The Pursuit of Deeper Learning
The Atlantic
  • At the Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, California, students are evaluated based on yearly portfolios—not test scores. Students will have to compile a portfolio and defend its contents in order to graduate.
  • Called a performance assessment, the exercise is designed to gauge their readiness for college. Some 40 percent of Impact’s seniors are asked to revise their work after their first dissertation-style defense to a panel that includes teachers, other students, and even parents and community members.
  • The presentation will have to demonstrate mastery in four areas: research, inquiry, analysis, and creative expression. Students must display their sources of information and their evaluation of their credibility. They pass or fail depending on how well the presentations satisfy a rubric created by Stanford University.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DeeperLrning

Keywords: Charter schools, Learning
Stanford Forms New Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • The new office will combine the resources of the Center for Teaching and Learning, parts of Academic Computing Services, the CourseWork engineering team and the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning.
  • The new organization will provide better coordination between groups that support teaching, learning and reaching learners online.
  • We are consolidating these activities into a single unit in order to lessen confusion, so that faculty, graduate students and undergraduates all know where to go when they are interested in either receiving assistance in their teaching and learning, or want to develop innovations in their classrooms.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/OfficeTeachingLrning

Keywords: Higher Education, administration
Importing the German Approach to Career Building
  • German-style apprenticeship programs have attracted private sector interest as well as healthy skepticism in the United States as leaders search for an antidote to skills gaps and stagnating incomes.
  • The German model of dual learning (blending classroom instruction with hands-on work) is much more fluid than commonly perceived. Rather than limit teenagers’ life choices, the system provides young people with opportunities to attain a college degree or management training alongside paid, practical work experience.
  • The U.S. culture places a premium on a college education, and celebrates a single credential—the bachelor’s degree—as the best predictor of success. In contrast, Germans look beyond the educational system to help every young person be a productive member of their advanced economy.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GermanApproach

Keywords: Higher Education, models
Blowing Off Class? We Know
The New York Times
  • The stuff some colleges know right now about their students, thanks to data-mining of their digital footprints, boggles the mind. Tools now give administrators digital dashboards that can code students red or green to highlight who may be in academic trouble.
  • The university has taken to heart studies that say that students who are more engaged with college life are also more likely to graduate. At Ball State University in Indiana when a student’s card-swipe patterns suggest she’s stopped showing up for clubs, a retention specialist will follow up with a call or an email to see how she’s doing.
  • An ed-tech investor argues that colleges should be collecting even more data by mining Facebook and education-focused commercial sites. “With real big data, you can serve up what they need before they even need it,” said Michael Staton, a partner at the venture capital firm Learn Capital.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BigDatainHE

Keywords: Big Data, Data Mining, analytics
What Is the True Potential of Three-Year Degrees?
The EvoLLLution
  • Our institutions of higher learning cannot educate citizens for a 21st-century marketplace with a 19th-century business model.
  • In response, many policy makers as well as higher education leaders are advocating for three-year bachelor’s degree programs. Arguing that these programs will reduce costs, efficiently allocate resources, and provide greater access to higher education.
  • The idea of right-sizing the undergraduate experience from four years to three is seductive—but it is also ephemeral. Three-year degrees have value for the most dedicated and driven students, but ultimately would do little to address the low graduation rates of America’s higher education institutions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/3YearDegrees

Keywords: Credentials, Higher Education
College Students: These Are the Top 6 Trends in Higher Education
eCampus News
  • Annual survey reveal that today’s college students increasingly value online, social and mobile technology as essential educational tools.
  • The findings validate students’ dependence on technology to increase their productivity and job prospects in this competitive, globally-connected world, while also providing insight into market trends that will affect the next generation of educational technology.
  • According to the survey, these are the top six trends in higher education as cited by students: Interactive textbooks, online classrooms, accessibility, social classroom, collaborative work and awareness of tuition costs.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/6TrendsHe

Keywords: Trends, Higher Education, Online education
Sorry, Microsoft! A Bunch Of Teenagers Just Talked About Doing School Work And None Of Them Use Word
Business Insider
  • If you were a teen today, there's a good chance you'd be finishing your homework on your smartphone on the way to school. Teens like to work on the go and in collaborative ways, and almost all of their school work happens on the internet. 
  • Teachers post homework on assignment-dedicated websites. Some apparently tweet out assignments. Other classes create Facebook groups to discuss projects.
  • When asked which programs or apps the students used to get work done, Google Drive came up the most. One program that was notably ignored by the teens: Microsoft Word. People think we use our phones only for stupid stuff, one teen said, but they've really changed how we work. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeensEdApps

Keywords: Google Apps, Mobile apps, trends
6 Higher Ed Presidents to Watch in 2015
Education Dive
  • The 21st Century has brought perhaps some of the most challenging hurdles and issues confronting higher education: disruptive technological forces, changing demographics, falling enrollments, and ongoing questions over the value of a college education.
  • With that in mind, these are six higher ed presidents you'll want to keep an eye on through 2015: Thomas W. Ross - University of North Carolina System; Teresa Sullivan - University of Virginia; Janet Napolitano - University of California System; John Thrasher - Florida State University; Sally Mason - University of Iowa; and William Powers, Jr. - University of Texas at Austin.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/6PresidentsHE

Keywords: Higher Education, leaders
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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