Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
May 19, 2015
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New Report on Facing the Challenges of Innovation
  • The term “innovation” is overused, under-defined and is an oft-prescribed solution to a growing problem in academia: sustainability. It may be a simple word – innovate – but it’s not easy. 
  • Creativity and the freedom to pursue creative solutions are influenced by culture (and policy). In order to build a culture that champions and supports innovation, it’s critical that each organization develops a shared definition of what innovation means within the context of its work.
  • The report, “Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education: Design & Practice for Leaders”, provides a guide and an assessment tool to see how your institution is doing in terms of creating an innovation-friendly culture.
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Keywords: Higher Education, innovation, culture of innovation, CBE
You're Doing Innovation Wrong
  • One of the most pernicious myths in innovation is that it is fundamentally a challenge of creativity. Framed this way, innovation becomes an attribute. This is when we start calling for that “culture” of innovation and framing innovation as a cultural issue typically leads us to focus on its trappings and trimmings instead of its substance.
  • Drive innovation as a discipline for a few quarters and you’ll feel a different energy in the halls—a buzz and new sense of possibility. Your employees will likely start to think and work differently. It may even feel like a cultural shift.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/InnovationasDiscipline

Keywords: innovation, management, leadership, 
Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions
The New York Times
  • According to former insiders, company records and an analysis of its websites, a secretive software company is selling fake academic degrees on a global scale. The news reports are fabricated. The professors are paid actors. The university campuses exist only as stock photos on computer servers. The degrees have no true accreditation.
  • The company, Axact, makes tens of millions of dollars annually by offering diplomas and degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools. “Customers think it’s a university, but it’s not,” said Yasir Jamshaid, a quality control official who left Axact in October. “It’s all about the money.”
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Keywords: Higher Education
Why Is The University Still Here?
  • Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade. And yet, we have arrived in 2015 and almost nothing seems to have changed about the way we get our degrees or even just our continuing coursework. What happened to the revolution?
  • Open education is absolutely needed – course materials should be distributed as widely as possible for as cheaply as possible. Knowledge deserves to be free. But that openness also makes it hard for these materials to gain primacy in the lives of their students when they are just sitting on the web like every other web page.
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Keywords: Higher Education, universities, online education, MOOCs
Incoming University Of Texas At Austin President Turned Down $1 Million Salary
The Huffington Post
  • While nine public university presidents made more than $1 million in 2013, incoming University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves didn't want to be one of them.
  • UT-Austin proposed a $1 million base salary with up to $120,000, or 12 percent, in bonus pay, but Fenves wrote back to the university requesting a $750,000 base salary with a 10 percent bonus.
  • "$1M is too high for a public university," Fenves wrote in response to the proposal. "It will attract widespread negative attention from students and faculty given the difficult budgetary constraints of the past five years."
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/1millionsalaryUT

Keywords: Higher Education, University of Texas at Austin
Disrupting Medical Education
Pacific Standard
  • Next month, 18,000 newly minted physicians will enter the United States health care workplace. Over three-quarters of them will graduate with a median of $170,000 in education debt. What if the best and brightest of tomorrow’s physicians were to leave medical school with almost no debt?
  • Given that the first 18 months of medical school is essentially the same for 18,000 students at 150 medical schools, why must 150 different professors teach the same basic science content at the exact same time? 
  • Medical education must take a deeper look at the radical reforms occurring in higher education. A combination of MOOCs and community-based training sites could result not only in better education for future physicians, but in higher quality, more widely available, and affordable health care for everyone.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DisruptingMedicalSchool

Keywords: medical education, medical schools, health, MOOCs
The Future Of Education: Truths, Lies And Wishful Thinking
  • In this interview, part of a series of conversations with leading teachers, thinkers and activists on education issues, Jordan Shapiro says that video games will not save education and talks about other misconceptions about where schools are headed.
  • "We love the revolutionary story, we love the underdog who's fighting the establishment story so much that I don't think that's necessarily serving the real things that do need to happen to make education work better," said Shapiro. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ShapiroInterview

Keywords: education, future of education
Many Students Leave College Unprepared to Negotiate Salaries
Education Dive
  • A new survey from NerdWallet and Looksharp of 8,000 recent graduates who entered the job market in the last three years, shows how much entry-level hires leave on the table.   
  • If a 22-year-old college graduate gets a job offer and says yes to a $40,000 salary, she will earn $170,000 less over the course of her career than if she had negotiated a 5% bump. That’s assuming she retires at 65 and gets a 3% raise per year, on average.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NegotiateSalaries

Keywords: Higher Education, alumni, salaries, job market
The Chief Privacy Officer in Higher Education
Educause Review
  • Over the past few years, colleges and universities have begun to hire a growing number of CPOs to devote time and attention to ubiquitous concerns about privacy and data protection on campus.
  • Privacy has moved to more of a central concern for higher education, rather than an afterthought, if it was considered at all 10 or more years ago. Not only have laws and regulations expanded to include privacy issues, but changing technologies have raised privacy concerns to a greater level of discussion and argument. Students in particular make up a vocal constituency in the data privacy conversation.
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Keywords: privacy, data privacy, Big Data
From “Knowledge Worker” to “Learning Worker”: what this means for an organisation
Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies
  • Work is changing, and as a consequence Jacob Morgan believes that one of the principles of the future employee will be the shift from being a “knowledge worker” to being a “learning worker”.
  • ‘Knowledge is a commodity, to be the smartest person in the room all you need is a smartphone. What is far more valuable than knowledge is the ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new scenarios and environments. This is what the employee of the future needs to focus on, “learning to learn.”’
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LearningWorker

Keywords: learning, continuous education, learning worker, management
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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