Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
April 14, 2015
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The 7 Fastest-Rising Young Universities in the World
The Times Higher Education
  • It’s tough being young in a world where it is often presumed that the older an institution is, the better it will do in university rankings tables. The average age of the top 100 institutions in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings is close to 200 years old.
  • Seven “young” institutions, aged under 50 years of age, have made particularly impressive gains over the last four years, jumping an average of 49 places in that time.
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Keywords: Higher Education, rankings
Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board
  • Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for her senior year at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. None of it was for tuition. 
  • In addition to steadily raising tuition, but with much less notice, universities have increased their charges for room and board prices faster than inflation.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RoomandBoard

Keywords: Higher Education, Economy
How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be?
  • It appears as if online education for undergraduates at "elite" colleges will mostly be dictated by individual professors introducing digital teaching techniques, such as video lectures and online quizzes, at their discretion.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/EliteOnline

Keywords: Online Education, Higher Education, MOOCs
LinkedIn Just Bought Online Learning Company Lynda for $1.5 billion
Business Insider
  • LinkedIn purchased Lynda.com, an online learning company, for $1.5 billion. Founded in 1995, by Lynda Weinman and her husband, Bruce Heavin, Lynda.com lets users learn business, technology, software, and creative skills through videos.
  • "This is a moment in history when people can learn anytime, anywhere, and with no boundaries. We believe in LinkedIn’s future stewardship and vision, and feel that we have found a perfect cultural fit for our mission," Lynda Weinman said. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LinkedInBuyLynda

Keywords: Online education, Tech
Are Colleges Invading Their Students' Privacy?
The Atlantic
  • From ID-card swipes to online discussion forums, administrations are increasingly tracking digital footprints. Colleges are analyzing all kinds of student data to figure out who needs extra support.
  • What's happening now with the university's interaction with them is not that different from what's been happening on Facebook. As technology advances, data analytics—particularly, predictive analytics—may raise more ethical questions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StudentDataPr

Keywords: Privacy, Data analytics
For the Humanities, Some Good News Is Mixed With the Bad
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • In an otherwise grim picture of the field of humanities, there are still a few bright spots: Financial support for academic research in the humanities, has increased in recent years. Those are some of the findings in a report released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
  • The report takes the temperature of the humanities in higher education and provides a more-complete picture of the humanities at a time when they are often portrayed as "beleaguered and declining".
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/HumanitiesReport

Keywords: Humanities, Higher Education
The Story of College
  • College is on everybody’s mind, and not in a good way. With tuition and debt loads increasing at an ungodly rate, persistent arguments about the amount of learning happening on campus, and the continuing rise of massive income and wealth inequality, many are questioning public investment in higher education. To understand where we are, we have to understand where we’re coming from.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheStoryofCollege

Keywords: Higher Education
How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools
Fast Company
  • The new $73 million Alexandria Area High School could teach your so-called "open office" a thing or two. The campus is a state-of-the-art facility for more than 1,400 students where the word "classroom" is verboten, and where an hour in algebra class might be indiscernible from kicking back in the quad.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GoogleplxofSchools

Keywords: Education, Architecture
Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize 
The Harvard Crimson
  • In a move that could alter the working dynamic between Harvard and many of its teaching fellows and Ph.D. seekers, a group of graduate students has begun an effort to unionize. The Harvard graduate students join peers at Yale in organizing to unionize. If the movement is successful, it could change the way graduate students interact with the University.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GradStudentsUnion

Keywords: Higher Education, Faculty, Labor
Let Prisoners Take College Courses
The New York Times
  • What if, a few times a week, MOOCs were streamed on the prison’s internal station, channel 3? The MOOCs, which are free for the rest of the world, could help American prisoners become more educated and connected.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MOOCsatPrision

Keywords: MOOCs, Online education
How High School Students Use Instagram to Help Pick a College
  • When Jackson Barnett, 19, began applying to colleges, he realized he was going to have a problem. He didn’t have the resources to tour the various East Coast and Midwest schools he was interested in.
  • “One of the most challenging parts of the admissions process was not getting to see all the colleges I was applying to,” he says. “I had to have a lot of faith in colleges’ websites. That’s where Instagram came in.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CollegeInstagram

Keywords: Higher Education, College admissions, Instagram
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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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