Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
February 24th, 2015
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One Vision of Tomorrow’s College: Cheap, and You Get an Education, Not a Degree
The University of Everywhere is on the horizon and this is what it will look like and what attending it will mean
The Washington Post
  • Words like “semester” and “credit hour” have no meaning. The organization won’t control the evidence of what students learn.
  • Courses will be built around immersive digital learning environments created by teams of people specializing in different aspects of the learning experience using open-source components shared by millions of educators collaborating.
  • Colleges won’t need to hire hundreds of professors and build scores of pricey buildings to house their offices, libraries and lecture halls. It will be exponentially cheaper to create a start-up college, almost anywhere.
  • And more importantly: A larger percentage of the education that has been historically confined to scarce, expensive colleges and universities will be made available to anyone, anywhere. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheUniversityofTomorrow

Keywords: Higher Ed
Rank Delusions
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Every year, U.S. News & World Report, Times Higher Education, and others update university rankings. University administrators and faculty members scan the lists for evidence of small movements up or down, but everyone knows that the top 10 names will be much the same as they have always been. 
  • For those seeking to answer the question "What makes a great university?" the answer appears to be "having been great 100 years ago."  So, what should we learn from all this? Most obviously, there is not much point in worrying about university rankings, whoever may issue them. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RankDelusions

Keywords: Rankings, Higher Ed
A School Where Students, Teachers Remix Their Schedules Every Week
What happens when 14-year-olds have a say in the school day?

The Hechinger Report
  • A set schedule for the semester is a thing of the past at Design Tech High School. Teachers create a new plan every week, based on the students’ progress in class. Also, students decide for themselves how to spend certain segments of their day.
  • At the innovative school, teachers blend technology with in-person instruction and students can sign up for online courses for subjects that aren’t offered in the school. Students here are challenged to solve real-world problems. To do so, they are taught to use a design-thinking process created at Stanford University. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/SchoolRemix

Keywords: Blended Learning, Educational Innovation, 
Private Dallas College Plans to Put Students to Work
The Texas Tribune
  • As part of an ongoing effort to become more affordable, Paul Quinn College is putting its students to work, embracing the work college model.
  • Starting next fall, all students will have jobs, either on campus or with local businesses, during their entire enrollment. In exchange, they'll get much cheaper tuition. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/StudentsToWork

Keywords: Higher Ed, The work college model
We’re Sorry, Applicants. We Accepted You in Error
The New York Times
  • A university renowned for its computer science offerings had fulfilled and then dashed applicants’ hopes with a computer foul-up: Carnegie Mellon University emailed about 800 applicants to a graduate computer science program word that they were accepted, only to email them again later the same day to say: Oops, not really. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/SorryApplicants

Keywords: Higher Ed, Admissions
How to Leverage Technology to Navigate a Changing Educational Landscape
  • As students continue to expect a digital experience that mirrors the one they have at home, institutions must adapt and implement new IT solutions to keep up. 
  • While new technologies like cloud-based applications and live video feeds greatly benefit students, educational institutions can also derive value from upgrading their campus’ networks. Moving networks to the cloud decreases costs by eliminating the need to maintain on-site servers.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/How2LeverageTech

Keywords: Technology, IT
The New York Times and CIG Education Group Collaborate on New Education Initiative
The New York Times
  • The New York Times and CIG Education Group have come together to launch NYT EDUcation, a new education initiative that will deliver courses from pre-college through continuing and professional education. "We believe that by bringing this extraordinary resource into a formal educational context we are creating a new model and a major milestone in the development of 21st century education.” 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NYTEDUcation

Keywords: Education initiative, continuing and professional education
What Happens When You Flip an Education Conference? We’re About to Find Out
The Hechinger Report
  • You’ve heard of the flipped classroom. Now comes the flipped conference. About 300 educators are expected to attend the Colorado Blended and Online Learning Flipped conference this week. This is, in the words of those who created the conference, “unlike anything ever produced for the education industry.” Participants will get a week’s worth of information in one day, they said, because of the flipped set-up.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FliptheConference

Keywords: Flipped Learning, Blended Learning
Grovo Raises $15M More To Help Businesses Train Their Employees With Bite-Sized Videos
  • Grovo, which offers a video training platform used by customers like Arizona State University and Chevron, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The company says it has built up a library of 5,000 videos covering 150 professional skills, which customers can then supplement with their own material. The heart of the company’s approach is microlearning, with each of its videos lasting about 60 to 90 seconds.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MicroLearning

Keywords: Microlearning, Professional Development, Technology
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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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