Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 9, 2015
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EdTech Meets Phenomenon Based Learning
EdTech Review
  • The new kid on the block "Phenomenon Based Learning" turns the Blooms Taxonomy's linear progression into a roller coaster ride and can be more learner centric as there are no set ways in which the phenomenon can be constructed and deconstructed. 
  • The learner starts with a phenomenon or a real life scenario, analyses the linkages with different concepts and subjects, identifies the gaps in knowledge and understanding, seeks out that knowledge, comprehends it for each subject area and then synthesizes it. So essentially what was a process of construction has now been broken into deconstruction and then construction. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PhenomenonLearning

Keywords: edtech, phenomenon based learning
The LMS of the Future: Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment
  • If you could replace your current LMS with any application or platform you could imagine, what would it look like? Would it be much like what you have now, but with specific improvements and enhancements?  Or would it be something totally out of the box, an entirely new approach?
  • Over the past six months, EDUCAUSE has been conducting research on that very question. The EDUCAUSE team conducted interviews, convened brainstorming sessions and commissioned a special report from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) on the current state of the LMS. We have summarized our findings in a recently released white paper. We are calling the successor to the LMS the next-generation digital learning environment (or NGDLE).
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheNextLMS

Keywords: educational innovation, learning management systems, LMS, learning environments, personalized learning, instructional technologies
The Tinder Of Academics: GradeBack Lets You Rate Your Professors With A Swipe
  • When students evaluate their professors at the end of a semester, their invaluable feedback and opinions quickly slip out of their hands and into the university’s. With that in mind, “GradeBack was created so students can share information, decide which classes to take and be able to express their feelings towards certain courses”, says parent company Cloudents’ CEO Eidan Apelbaum.
  • Available for Android and iOS, GradeBack is able to determine what school the student attends and who their professors are automatically based on their Facebook relations and pools of friends, and using Cloudents’ social studying data. Students are then presented with the profile of a professor in their field of study that includes a picture, their name, and their average score on the platform.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GradeBackApp

Keywords: technology, professors evaluations, apps
(E-)Learning Strategy for the Future
Teemu Leinonen
  • In the last six months I have been working with a group of smart people looking for a vision (and action) to redesign education in Finland. In the New Education Forum we have been studying, debating, designing and seeking for consensus to find a new path for education in Finland. We made a vision statement: A country where everyone loves learning.
  • I have come-up with a simple strategy statement — three points — for the future of learning. It works in all levels of education, from kindergartens to workplace learning: (1) Do not select one of the good ways of teaching and learning. Do all of them; (2) Do it all online; and (3) Get rid of all the stupidity.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/eLerning4theFuture

Keywords: e-learning, education, learning strategies, pedagogy
Why Technology Alone Won't Fix Schools
The Atlantic
  • Silicon Valley executives send their children to Waldorf schools, where electronics are banned until the eighth grade. These parents aren’t anti-technology—at work, they tend to be exuberant digital evangelists—but they apparently don’t believe that more machines in and of themselves contribute to education. What is it that they know?
  • If a private company is failing to make a profit, no one expects that state-of-the-art data centers, better productivity software, and new laptops for all of the employees will turn things around. Yet, that is exactly the logic of so many attempts to fix education with technology.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TechWontFixSchools

Keywords: technology, edtech, education
Deeper Learning in Practice
  • In the deeper learning framework, students are encouraged to master academic content, think critically, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, learn how to learn, and develop academic mindsets.
  • What does this type of learning look like in practice? Educators across the country are using the deeper learning framework, developed by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in their classrooms. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DeeperLrningP

Keywords: learning, teaching strategies, deeper learning
One College’s Method to Prove Its Value: Scanning Students’ Brains
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Officials at Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, Calif., are making an unorthodox appeal to science: They’re scanning students’ brains and looking for signs of growth.
  • Researchers at Westmont started a study that uses headsets to test electrical activity in the brains of 30 freshmen. The students will be scanned again in two years, after they have had a chance to study abroad, and they will be scanned once more after they graduate. The tests can be used to measure empathy and nine categories of "executive functions," which include areas like memory, reasoning, and problem solving. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ScanningBrain

Keywords: education, learning, technology, innovation, research
How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Professor
Faculty Focus
  • For years there has been talk about shifting a professor’s role from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side.” But as some teachers leave the center stage, they may not move to the side as guides. Instead, they may find themselves hovering above students as helicopter parents hover over their children.
  • Excessive guiding could turn constructivist scaffolds into new forms of crutches. Here are a few suggestions for providing students with the proper balance of challenge and support.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/HelicopterProf

Keywords: learning, teaching strategies, self-direct learning
edX Makes it Easy for Authors to Share Under Creative Commons
Creative Commons
  • edX has added the ability for authors to apply a Creative Commons (CC) license to their courses and videos on its platform. More than 50 academic institutions, including MIT and Harvard, use edX to offer free courses that anyone in the world can join. Now, authors at these institutions and elsewhere may license their courses for free and open reuse directly on the edX platform.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/edXCCMoocs

Keywords: MOOCs, online education, edX, Creative Commons
The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA
  • In a small experiment, researchers at Dartmouth College have shown that data automatically collected by an Android app can guess how students are spending their time — predicting their end-of-term grades with scary accuracy. Using Wi-fi and GPS to detect location and a map of the campus, the researchers designed an app that modeled several different behavior scenarios: sleeping, physical activity, studying, and partying. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheQuantifiedStudent

Keywords: technology, learning, big data
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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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