Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 9, 2015
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Quiz Yourself: Do You Lead with Emotional Intelligence?
Harvard Business Review
  • Great leaders move us—they inspire, motivate, and energize us. How? They do it through emotional intelligence (EI). Dan Goleman woke us all up when he published his groundbreaking book on the topic (in 1995). 
  • Here’s how you can gain a deeper understanding of your own emotional intelligence: Respond to the statements as honestly as possible, and we’ll show you how you rated yourself on five critical dimensions of EI. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LeadWithEI

Keywords: leadership, emotional intelligence, Dan Goleman
John Paulson’s $400 Million Gift to Harvard Shows Exactly What’s Wrong With Big University Endowments
  • The hedge fund billionaire John Paulson just gave a $400 million check for an endowment at the Ivy League institution’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The largest gift Harvard has ever announced in the school’s nearly 400-year history. 
  • For what it’s worth, Harvard doesn’t really need the money. Its endowment stood at more than $36 billion as of June 2014, making it the largest such endowment in the country. But as monster endowments continue to grow, policymakers need to reconsider whether this makes any sense.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/400millionHarvard

Keywords: university endowments, Harvard, donations
No One Can Think Outside the Box
Harvard Business Review
  • Thinking that you must act outside the box is also a box.  A  box is a frame, a paradigm, a habit, a perspective, a silo, a self-imposed set of limits; a box is context and interpretation. We cannot think outside boxes. We can, though, choose our boxes. We can even switch from one box to another to another. Ask how many boxes you can think inside. Then, dive in.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NoOutsidetheBox

Keywords: innovation, competitive strategy
Can France's New Mega University Rival the Best?
The Local
  • A new generation of students and researchers will start their first full academic year in September 2015 at the University of Paris-Saclay, a huge, ambitious project to bring together a group of 19 higher education institutions alongside a technological cluster on the outskirts of the French capital. It has been dubbed the "French Silicon Valley".
  • The rationale behind Paris-Saclay is to reach the same size and level of excellence as Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge. The first full academic year will start in September, but the campus already hosts 300 research laboratories and 15,000 faculty and doctoral students. The MIT Technology Review already lists Paris-Saclay as one of the eight world innovation clusters.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FranceNewMegaUniversity

Keywords: higher education, universities, research universities, Paris-Saclay
The 21st Century Library: A Conversation With NYPL's Anthony Marx
  • There are people who think that the Digital Age is a mortal threat to the library, but for Anthony Marx this is the greatest opportunity in the history of libraries. "Is also at a moment of revitalizing itself fundamentally. In my line of work, that’s an unbeatable combination," says Marx. 
  • "The library is a repository of information, and a sharing, and providing of access to information, and guide to using it. The book has been the platform for how to do that. New technology now enables us to fulfill our mission at an exponentially higher level", said Marx.

Visit Website: http://bit.ly/21stLibraries

Keywords: libraries, digital age, technology, innovation
College Dropout Bill Gates: 'America is Facing a Shortage of College Graduates'
Business Insider
  • It's become trendy in the tech industry to encourage young entrepreneurs to drop out of college, but the world's most successful college drop out, Bill Gates, just wrote a moving essay saying that dropping out of college has become a dangerous epidemic. 
  • By 2025, two thirds of all jobs in the US will require education beyond high school, he says. And at current graduation rates, the US is expected to have a shortfall of 11 million college grads to fill those jobs, he says citing research from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BillGatesonHE

Keywords: higher education, Bill Gates
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
Corporations Go to College
Inside Higher Ed
  • In the last year alone, companies such as Anthem, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, McDonald’s and Starbucks have announced that they will pay to send their employees to college -- or back to college. At the same time, many institutions have entered or are in the process of entering the adult learner market.
  • It's a partnership that makes sense: companies need to train employees, and colleges need to increase enrollments. But when corporations outsource their training programs, they tend to spend their money outside higher education.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CoGotoCollege

Keywords: higher education, adult learner market, adult education
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
Your PhD Oversupply Crisis is Our Opportunity
University World News
  • There is growing pressure on Latin American countries to produce larger numbers of highly skilled talent. However, these countries’ ability to produce, retain or attract high-level faculty has been historically poor. 
  • Universities in the region produce insufficient numbers of doctoral-degree holders, yet, things might be changing: overproduction of PhDs and deteriorating working conditions for faculty in industrialised countries may represent an opportunity for the developing world. This situation seems to be a perfect case for a supply-demand solution. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PhDOversupply

Keywords: graduate education, PhD oversupply, latin america
How to Promote Educational Innovation
Inside Higher Ed
  • American colleges and universities have adopted a variety of strategies to promote educational innovation. Let’s take a look at what works and what doesn’t. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/PromotingEdInnovation

Keywords: educational innovation, higher ed
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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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