Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
January 20th, 2015
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Using Design Thinking in Higher Education
Educause Review Online
  • Albert Einstein famously said, "No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it." So, what exactly are our alternatives? One promising alternative is to engage in design thinking.
  • Design thinking focuses on users and their needs, encourages brainstorming and prototyping, and rewards out-of-the-box thinking that takes "wild ideas" and transforms them into real-world solutions. We explore the Design thinking's five principles. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/5DesignThinkingHE

Keywords: Design thinking, higher ed
Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Enabling A New Pedagogy?
Ontario Online Learning Program for Faculty and Instructors
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been with us since 1998 when the first MOOC - Connectivism and Connective Knowledge - was offered. By 2012, MOOCs were the new “magic bullet” that would transform access to, and costs of, higher education and, maybe, show the way in which lifelong learning could become a reality.
  • However, there are few signs of MOOCs having the transformative power imagined. We pose five questions about what changes MOOCs might be engendering in post-secondary education and how this is enabling a new pedagogy. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MOOCsPedagogy

Keywords: MOOCs, pedagogy
Donor Seeks to Offer ‘Freshman Year for Free’ Through Online College Courses
The Washington Post
  • What if anyone could take the first year of college free online? A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation that aims to make that possible through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
  • Steven B. Klinsky’s idea is for students to take foundational courses through the online venture edX that would prepare them for College Board examinations. Those who pass would be able to enter college as sophomores. That would cut the price of a bachelor’s degree by a quarter.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/1YearFreeOnline

Keywords: Higher education, online education, MOOCs
5 Announcements at CES 2015 that Could Affect Education
  • The announcements that shake up the technology industry at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show don’t always create ripples in the education world. But as technology and education continue to converge, it’s happening more each year.
  • Here are five announcements that could have broad implications for higher education. We give you a hint, the companies involved are: Intel, McGraw Hill, HP, Acer and MakerBot. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CESEdTech

Keywords: Higher education, education technology, EdTech, CES
Experiments in Education: Kicking Off A Semester of Active Learning
  • We have entire education systems set up to transition novices to experts, but do they work? Research repeatedly establishes that traditional university lectures are ineffective, and that active learning is a far more reliable alternative.
  • I'm going to experiment on my students and see how it works. I have no idea how it's going to work, but I'm going to tell you about it here each week in this new series, Experiments in Education.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ActiveLrning

Keywords: Active learning, pedagogy, education
Stop Sending Emails, and Other Tips for Building Positive Relationships in Schools
Education Week
  • Sometimes it feels like there’s too much on our plates as teachers to take a few moments to chat with a colleague. Yet if we don’t deliberately forge personal connections and strengthen relationships within our school buildings, then we are handicapping our efforts to reach, mentor, and educate all students. 
  • Sustainable, effective collaboration is unlikely to occur without strong personal connections between teachers, staff members, and administrators. Here are some simple ways to improve your approach to building relationships in your school
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StopEmails

Keywords: Academia, collaboration, communication
The Big Grants, the Big Papers: Are We Missing Something?
The Times Higher Education
  • In most research-intensive institutions two factors are essential: publications and research income. These may seem reasonable criteria, but they have become problematic both in terms of how they are interpreted, and in the way they have become all-important.
  • It has long been recognised that number of publications is not a useful way of assessing researchers. So we need to evaluate quality rather than quantity, but how? Many employers say they want applicants with publications in “high-impact journals”, but this is fraught with problems. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/bigGrants

Keywords: Science, research, journals, academia
Five New Google Classroom Features Teachers Should Know About
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
  • Google Classroom which is only six months old has managed to host over 30 million assignments turned in by teachers and students. This is a big sign that the tool is being widely endorsed within the education community. 
  • With this increasing popularity of Google Classroom, Google released some new updates to enhance its performance and make it more mobile friendly. Take a look at the updates and new features.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GoogleClassUpdate

Keywords: Google Classroom, EdTech, tools
Is This the Future of Adult Learning?
  • How does the MIT Media Lab develop its adult learning tools? By envisioning them as scaffolding constructed to support learning.
  • In May of 2014, entrepreneurs and adult learning experts convened at the MIT Media Lab to discuss visions for the role of technology in the future of adult education. Three of roughly twenty-five initial ideas came to the forefront: Read Out Loud, Express Me, and Citizen Tutoring. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MITAdultLearning

Keywords: Education, adult learning, MIT Lab
The 5 Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Good news: employment opportunities look bright in 2015. Staffing levels are expected to rise 19%, according to ManpowerGroup’s annual Employment Outlook Survey
  • Job titles are becoming more diverse, says Scott Dobroski, career trends analyst at Glassdoor. “Employers are looking for innovative ways to do business and are therefore [allocating money] to brand-new positions,” he says. Here are some fast-growing, high-paying options that have yet to hit the mainstream.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/5NewJobs2015

Keywords: Career, jobs
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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