Educational Innovation Weekly Review
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
November 25th, 2014
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George Siemens: ‘Students Need to Take Ownership of Their Learning’
Online Educa Berlin
  • Dr Siemens spoke to OEB Editor Annika Burgess about how data is providing opportunities that teachers and educators can’t and where he sees e-learning headed in the future. 
  • What do you think will be the next big e-learning trends? The credentialing pipeline is going to be one of the more interesting innovations in the next several years because it will cause us to think a bit more differently around the process of degree granting.
  • What do you think are the most important factors that need to be addressed to boost MOOCs to the next level? A lot of what’s wrong with MOOCs stems from how they emulate traditional classrooms. Students need to go through an age of enlightenment with regard to their own learning – meaning that you own your learning process; you’re responsible for what you learn. And we really need to provide an adaptive, personalised learning experience for each individual student.
Visit website:http://bit.ly/StudentsinCharge

Keywords: Online education, adaptive learning, educational trends
Next Generation Online Learning
Inside Higher Ed
  • “Online education” takes many different forms.  It can be synchronous or asynchronous, self-paced or scheduled, video- or activity-based, free or for-fee, modularized or unchunked, and instructor- or learner-centered.
  • It isn’t so much MOOCs and social media that are propelling changes in instruction, but the increased attention and time being paid to teaching and learning.  MOOC providers like edX and Coursera are not merely distribution channels, these platforms empower faculty to experiment and innovate. 
  • We see transformation happen when faculty members don’t see themselves as mere instructors, but as designers, coaches, and members of a learning development team with particular goals in mind. Let’s look at five contrasting ways to achieve these next generation goals.
Visit website: http://bit.ly/NxtGenOnlineLrning

Keywords: Online education, pedagogy
Authentic Learning: Creating Meaning in the Higher Ed Classroom
The EvoLLLution
  • Authentic learning, when integrated appropriately into the existing curriculum, can revolutionize the learning experience for students. But it’s important to understand what authentic learning is.
  • At its core, authentic learning is not a form of experimental education. It’s a constructivist approach of instruction that promotes active learning in students by connecting learning to real-world issues, scenarios and contexts that are meaningful to the learner.
  • One perspective on authentic learning is to think of it as integrating elements of apprenticeship in learning process. Some examples include nursing students who complete practicums or pre-service teachers who practice pedagogy through student teaching.
Visit website: http://bit.ly/AuthenticLearnin

Keywords: Pedagogy, academia
Can You Learn Nanotechnology Online?
Online courses are reshaping higher education. But what does that mean for hands-on learning in scientific fields?
The Atlantic
  • In the two years since these MOOCs arrived on the scene of higher education, educators have learned a few tricks to teach STEM subjects because they can be harder to teach in online courses because of their hands-on nature.
  • But some universities have invested in technology to teach STEM that may make it even more engaging for students. These tactics shed some light on where MOOCs are going in the future, both with their content as well as how universities utilize them.
  • This past summer, Aneesh Nainani, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California, taught his first MOOC on nanotechnology through Stanford’s partnership with the for-profit provider Coursera.
Visit website: http://bit.ly/NanotechnologyOnline

Keywords: nanotechnology, MOOCs, online education, science
New Model Needed to Close Widening Education Gap
University World News
  • When most people think of college students, they imagine recent high school graduates in their late teens and early twenties. But today, many degree seekers are working-class, middle-aged working adults. According to the US Department of Education, more than 73% of current US students are deemed ‘non-traditional’.
  • The modern college system – including most of today’s online programmes – was not designed to meet the needs of these students. Non-traditional students need  flexibility. So wow do we fix the education model to address these barriers?
  • Move away from ‘seat time’ models, where every student moves through classes on a pre-set schedule and embrace adaptive (or personalised) learning technology to help students learn at their own pace.
Visit website:: http://bit.ly/NewModelNeeded

Keywords: Personalized Learning, adaptive learning
UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million Research Project Focused on Digital Learning
Phys Org
  • The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and in the future.
  • The new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LINK Lab Executive Director George Siemens will coordinate work.
  • Some of the areas to be addressed by research include: competency-based learning; learning analytics; growth of higher education globally; learning at scale and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs; personalization and adaptation; and credentialing and accreditation through digital programs.
Visit website: http://bit.ly/UTArlingtonDLRN

Keywords:Ed-tech, research, digital learning, educational trends
Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine
Parts 1 and 2

  • Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or another. 
  • To get an overview of the trends in healthcare technology, we turned to Dr. Bertalan Meskó, medical futurist. He identifies several areas that he believes will shape the future of medicine and healthcare for decades to come.
  • Some of these trends are: Gamifying health; Nanorobots living in our bloodstream; Empowered patients; Artificial Intelligence; Telemedicine and remote care; Surgical and humanoid robots; Genomics and truly personalised medicine; Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biotechnology... and more.
Part 1: http://bit.ly/TechTrendsMedicine1
Part 2: http://bit.ly/TechTrendsMedicine2

Visit website: Medicine, health, innovation
I Attended a Conference Remotely Thanks to this Robot
(And it was a very strange experience)

Fast Company
  • It’s just another morning for me in my Los Angeles apartment. When I get out of bed I put on a flannel shirt, a large sweater, and sweatpants. I spread almond butter and grape jelly on a pita. I make coffe. And then I enter the Defrag Conference  in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • I do this by checking into one of Double Robotics’ Double telepresence robots, a sort of $2,500 iPad-on-a-stick, attached to a little wheel. At Defrag, people can see my face on the screen of the iPad; at my apartment in Los Angeles, through my own iPad, I can communicate with and observe the conference in Broomfield.
  • The Double telepresence robot is trying to solve The great dilemma: how to be somewhere that you aren’t. And thanks to this robot at no point did I have to deal with catching an Uber to the airport, taking off my shoes at security, getting a rental car, or bad hotel coffee. Excluding the hypothetical cost of the robot, I spent zero dollars to be present 1,000 miles away.
Visit website: http://bit.ly/TelepresenceRobot

Keywords: Telepresence, technology
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 at: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2014.

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