Weekly Report for Educators
Elaborated by the Observatory of Educational Innovation of Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tuesday September 09, 2014
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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways?
  • A flipped classroom seeks to engage students via giving them access to lecture materials before they enter the classroom and encourage them to learn by doing. The flip here is that students take in information at home, while spend their time at school performing applying concepts.
  • Does this work? Although schools are slow to adopt this method, those who have attempted have seen marked improvements passing grades and lessened dropout rates.
  • It may still seem a daunting task for you to flip your classroom. It asks that you behave in ways that feel counter-intuitive, and make extensive use of new technologies and expensive devices. So, why not just tilt it your classroom a bit?
  • The sideways classroom utilizes online interactive teacher resources like a flipped classroom, but melds group tutoring and typical classroom discussion with after-school learning. Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty.
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Palabras Clave: Flipped Learning
The Professor-less University
Times Higher Education
  • Now that MOOCs appear to have reached the downward slope of the ever-shifting global higher education reform “hype cycle”, other models have emerged on the fringes of tertiary education that promise even more “disruptive innovation” in years to come.
  • These models may fundamentally change the professoriate and the university as they have come to be known over the past almost 1,000 years. A future that envisions a (more or less) professor-less future for higher education.
  • Two radically contrasting emerging models of higher education in the US offer academics a very different deal: higher education with no professors, only competencies; and higher education with no universities, only professors.
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Palabras Clave: Educación profesional, tendencias, MOOC
How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix
  • Personalized learning is on the rise. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere.
  • That's great for students but what about teachers? A new era of personalized professional development is sweeping into schools.
  • This guide captures the extraordinary changes in Professional Development (PD) by giving you tools that support how teachers engage with colleagues; that help teachers learn or find support for implementing fresh strategies and approaches; and that measure how that learning impacts practice in the classroom.
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Palabras Clave: Professional Development
Teaching, Assessment and Quality Assurance in Higher Education
The EvoLLLution
  • We speak a lot about quality in higher education, but it’s not clear what it is or how we assure it. The term quality assurance in higher education is increasingly used to denote the practices whereby academic standards.
  • Given that the only way we know if a student has learned a skill or knowledge set is through some kind of assessment, it’s fair to say quality assurance happens at the assessment level of the learning process. Quality assurance doesn’t happen at the level of instruction.
  • There’s practical value in separating instruction from assessment for the purpose of objectivity and to focus on what’s most central to a given discipline.
  • For colleges and universities, divorcing teaching from assessment has both challenges and benefits. The primary challenges are cultural. Faculty are expected to include teaching and assessing as part of their classroom duties, and they like to control both processes.
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Palabras Clave: Educación profesional, evaluación
New Bloom's Taxonomy Poster for Teachers
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
  • Bloom's taxonomy is one of the most popular learning taxonomies ever. Since its release it has been widely adopted within the education sector and was used extensively to design and create learning materials and curriculum content.
  • It maps out learning skills along a thinking continuum that starts with lower order thinking skills in one end  and moves up in difficulty to the other end that embraces higher order thinking skills.
  • Bloom's taxonomy has been repeatedly modified to suit the requirements of the era, resulting in different versions of the taxonomy. This poster captures these versions: Bloom's original taxonomy, Bloom's modified taxonomy, and Bloom's digital taxonomy.
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Palabras Clave: Habilidades de aprendizaje, Taxonomía de Bloom
You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman's Physics Lectures For Free
  • The lectures of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman were legendary. They are most famously preserved in The Feynman Lectures. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now you can access it online, in its entirety, for free.
  • The complete online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website.
  • Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics.
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Palabras Clave: Física, Feynman, Recursos Educativos Abiertos
Two Common Misconceptions About Learning
  • Common Student Idea 1: Confusion is Bad. Confusion is the sweat of learning. If a student doesn’t get confused at some point in a class then either the student already knew the material in class, or the student didn’t learn anything in class. It’s just like going to a gym to work out. If you didn’t sweat and you didn’t get sore afterwards, you probably didn’t do anything.
  • Common Student Idea 2: The Instructor is the Source of Knowledge. Students think that if I don’t tell them the answers, they can’t know the answers. If I don’t tell them the answers, I am holding back on the sharing of knowledge.
  • What should we do to help students with these learning misconceptions? The best plan is to make sure that all of the classes (or at least most) include an element of confusion along with a dose knowledge building. Let’s not have anymore flash-card based courses.
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Palabras Clave: Educación, aprendizaje
Cracking The Code To Teams: What Educators Can Learn From Programmers
  • While so many educators devour books on leadership and attend lots of conferences, their efforts often fall short when they try to achieve game-changing goals with teams. What if the secret lies with programmers?
  • The secret is an organized approach to work programmers call “scrum.” Once you get past the name, you’ll realize it’s a process that has a lot to offer educators. In fact, scrum methodology is like a lot of things in life. Once you understand it, you’ll wonder how you got anything done without it.
  • Scrum is a team-based approach many software engineers take to develop products. This approach offers a model for educators when it comes to increasing team effectiveness.
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Palabras Clave: Técnicas grupales, trabajo en equipo
PhD in chocolate – a sweet job on offer at Cambridge University
The Guardian
  • Cambridge University is advertising for a PhD student to tackle a three-and-a-half-year research project, into how chocolate can "remain solid and retain qualities sought by consumers", when stored and sold in warm climates.
  • The project, based in the school of chemical engineering and biotechnology, "will develop a fundamental understanding of the area which extends beyond the industrial need".
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Palabras Clave: Investigación, doctorados
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