Weekly Report for Academic Leaders
Elaborated by the Observatory of Educational Innovation of Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tuesday November 11, 2014
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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education
Educause Review Online
  • Higher education has historically experienced only sustaining innovations. Most colleges and universities have focused their efforts on enhanced technology in teaching, improved classrooms, more faculty research, and better residence halls and dining facilities.
  • Such amenities add significant cost, leading to increasing prices; but these sustaining innovations do not necessarily help nonconsumers of higher education. Who are the nonconsumers? They include the nearly 71 percent of U.S. college-going students who do not participate in the residential college experience.
  • These potential students are looking for a different value proposition from higher education, one that centers on targeted and specific learning outcomes, tailored support, and identifiable skill sets that are portable and meaningful to employers. Despite these trends, few colleges or universities are changing their ways.
  • Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income. Online competency-based education can truly be the disruptive innovation for higher education.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias, competencias
The University of Texas System Makes Bold Move Into Competency-Based Education
The University of Texas System
  • The University of Texas System will be the first in the United States to launch a personalized, competency-based education program system-wide aimed at learners from high school through post-graduate studies.
  • What sets the UT System approach apart from other competency-based programs is a focus on offering personalized and adaptive degrees and certificates that are industry-aligned.
  • To support and power its new competency-based educational pathway, the UT System is working with education technology innovators to create a state-of-the-art, “mobile-first” stack of technologies and services called TEx, which stands for Total Educational Experience.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias, competencias, aprendizaje adaptativo
Grading Adults on Life Experience
The Atlantic
  • IT manager Jason Smith needed a college degree. Desperately. Last November, the 29-year-old decided to go back to school. But his IT job made it hard for him to find time to study at a traditional college campus.Then he discovered a new online competency-based program offered by Western Governors University (WGU) in Utah.
  • Competency-based programs allow students to take courses online and at their own pace, often relying on work experience to save time. Instead of focusing on credit hours or seat time, these students progress by demonstrating their mastery of the subject, usually by taking a test or completing a project.
  • Most competency-based programs have a set fee for a certain period of time—usually two six-month periods. Students can enroll on the first day of any month and finish as many courses as they want within that time frame.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias, competencias
7 Competency-Based Higher Ed Programs to Keep an Eye On
Education Dive
  • Advocates say competency-based ed puts the focus on students’ capabilities rather than how many hours per week they spend in the classroom. The benefit for employers, they say, is that prospective employees can be judged more easily, based on their demonstrated competencies.
  • By one estimate, at least 200 institutions have competency-based education programs.
  • Here are seven institutions with programs that bear watching: The University of Michigan, The Flexible Option program at University of Wisconsin System, Purdue University's transdisciplinary program, Western Governors University, Southern New Hampshire University's College for America, Capella University and the competency-based online learning program by the Northern Arizona University.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias, competencias
The Coming Era of Personalized Learning Paths
Educause Review Online
  • Personalized learning paths are nothing new; they were just invisible. Some educators have been capitalizing on the value of such learning through assessments for almost fifty years. Now, thanks to social networking, big-data analysis, the Internet,abundant content in multiple forms, we will be able to scale those personalized learning paths—to millions of learners in the coming era.
  • Personalized learning paths, designed to meet the needs and goals of each learner, can lead to a redefinition and a new understanding of lifelong learning to include informal as well as formal learning, delivered at scale.
  • These enablers give us the capacity to truly put the learner in the center and build programs around the learner's needs and requirements.
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje personalizado
Columbia Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative
Campus Technology
  • Columbia University has launched an initiative to turn more of its traditional lecture courses into hybrid learning experiences that would incorporate the use of audiovisual materials, social media, flipped classrooms and real-time feedback from students.
  • The Provost's Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning has asked faculty members to submit their proposals to either turn existing courses into hybrid online courses or create new courses. The proposals that are accepted will receive funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 each and additional support and resources from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.
  • According to the formal request for proposals, "A key goal of this fund is to measure the effectiveness of these designs, delivery methods and learning strategies, and to improve instructional delivery and learning outcomes."
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Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje híbrido, aprendizaje mixto
Open, but Undiscovered
Inside Higher Ed
  • The Babson Survey Research Group’s report on Open Educational Resources (OER) showed that few faculty members have actually heard about OER. Nearly 65.9 percent of the surveyed faculty members said they had either never heard of OER, or had heard some but didn’t know much about them. Only 5.1 percent of the faculty members said they were very aware of OER.
  • The OER movement has sprung up in response to the rising cost of higher education, and aims to curb one of the additional fees that sometimes take students by surprise once they make it to campus -- namely textbook prices.
  • More than half of the instructors said they were deterred by the lack of search tools or a comprehensive catalog of open resources. Those deterrents added up to a slight drop in discoverability.
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Palabras Clave: Recursos educativos abiertos
Teacher's Guide to Sleep – And Why it Matters
The Guardian
  • If you are a sleep deprived teacher you may not be aware of the term woodpeckering, but you’ve probably done it. It happens the day following a bad night’s sleep. You’re sitting in a long meeting and you can barely keep your eyes open, so you prop your head up with your hand.
  • On average teachers get just six hours’ sleep a night, falling short of the most valuable sleep time. We need sleep to think clearly, react quickly, and create memories. It is during the later hours of sleep (especially between the sixth and eighth hour) that the brain has some its most profound insights and does some of its most creative problem solving.
  • Neurologist Judy Willis explains why this is detrimental and offers her general and teacher-specific tips on how to nod off with ease.
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Palabras Clave: Salud, tips
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