Taking a Little Time to Slow Down and Think About Our Learning

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
October 13, 2015
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In Praise of Taking a Little Time to Slow Down and Think About Our Learning
  • Ed tech companies need to pay more attention to the ed and less to the tech. In the last few days I have found a clutch of fascinating articles on the smartphone’s assault on empathy and the need for solitude, on how mindfulness increases resilience, and on the notion that schools are increasingly neglecting introverts.
  • We can now do schooling differently, and with more empathy. As the world becomes more impersonal, less respectful and more identity-based in the echo chamber of social media, wouldn’t this empathetic schooling be a good thing?
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Keywords: education, ed tech, trends
More Content Doesn’t Equal More Learning
Faculty Focus
  • With access to a world of information as close as our phones, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all there is to teach. Teachers feel a tremendous responsibility not only to stay current themselves, but to ensure that their learners are up to date on the most recent findings. 
  • Perhaps it’s time to rethink the role of content in teaching and learning. With a shift in focus from covering content to using content, curriculum design also becomes less a matter of determining “what” to teach and more a matter of “how” to facilitate learning.
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Keywords: learning, course content, course design strategies, curriculum desing
The Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear
  • A personalized learning educator has the mindset that we as educators are helping students become self-directed learners. It’s not about asking, “What am I doing to disseminate my knowledge to my students?” But instead, “What am I doing to empower students to own their own learning and reach their full potential?”
  • When that’s your goal and that’s how you’re organizing the learning experience, there are a set of qualities and characteristics you employ. These are the hats personalized learning teachers wear: coach, mentor, tutor, curator, facilitator, and analyst.
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Keywords: personalized learning, blended learning, educators
Personalized Learning…for Teachers
The Synapse
  • Individualized instruction. Differentiated instruction. Personalized learning. Student voice and choice. Creating lifelong learners. Buzz words for students, but what about teachers? 
  • Most of the time, our professional development is a “one size fits all”, “sit and get” experience. What if we could customize our learning to align with our individual passions and needs? Perhaps a micro-credential is the solution to some of these needs. 
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Keywords: personalized learning, educators, profesional development, micro-credentials
MIT Unveils ‘MicroMaster’s,’ Allowing Students to Get Half Their Degree From MOOCs
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The MIT will begin allowing students to earn half of a master’s degree through online courses, then cap it off with a single semester on the campus. The new program also sets the stage for “a new academic credential for the digital age”: the “MicroMaster’s. 
  • “Inverted admission has the potential to disrupt traditional modes of access to higher education,” said MIT’s dean of digital learning, Sanjay Sarma. MOOCs may soon become a prominent factor in admissions decisions at selective colleges. 
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Keywords: MOOCs, online education, admissions
Digital Badges Hit the Big Time in Higher Ed
University Business
  • Digital badges have become serious commodities in the world of college credentials. More institutions now offer digital badges as a form of micro-credential or “subdegree” to students who want to show potential employers what they’ve learned.
  • Badge programs may be most appealing to professionals who have already earned degrees but need to acquire new skills to advance in their careers and to keep up with what’s happening in their fields. 
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Keywords: digital badges, skills 
On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On
  • Protected by tenure that prevents them from being dismissed without cause, and with no mandatory retirement age, a significant proportion of university faculty isn't going anywhere. A study found that 60 percent of faculty planned to work past 70, and 15 percent to stay until they're 80. This dramatic trend foretells more and more younger Ph.D.s with limited job opportunities. 
  • Herman Berliner has proposed the idea of a time limit on tenure of 30 or 35 years, after which faculty could be rehired on one-year contracts. That would give universities more flexibility to behave like private companies and make changes to their workforce in response to market changes.
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Keywords: postgraduate education, research, universities, tenure track
The Costs of Publish or Perish
Inside Higher Ed
  • Shortly after being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013, Peter Higgs said he doubted he would have gotten a job, not to mention tenure, in today’s academic system. Dr. Higgs said he simply wouldn’t have been “productive” enough, with academe’s premium on publication metrics. 
  • A new study called “Tradition and Innovation in Scientists’ Research Strategies” suggests that publication pressures on scientists lead to more traditional, more likely to be published papers, at the expense of scientific breakthroughs. 
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Keywords: research, science, innovation
What to Do When Your Flipped Classroom Flops
  • I’d been teaching for just about 20 years when “flipping” the classroom started to take off. So I decided to look into it. I did my research. I got Flipped Class Certified. I built my course, and I felt empowered, excited to be at the forefront of a new movement using technology to improve students' learning.
  • But sometimes great ideas just don't go as planned. I thought my students would like the freedom to learn when and where they wanted. Instead they griped about not getting a daily lecture. So here is how to fix the flop. 
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Keywords: flipped learning, flipped classroom, teaching trends
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