Online Education May Be Poised To Take Off

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
August 18, 2015
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Online Education May Be Poised To Take Off
  • Online education could be taking a major leap forward on its road to legitimacy. Hillary Clinton is directly courting Silicon Valley in her $350 billion scheme to overhaul higher education, in a plan that may finally bridge the gap between Internet-channeled coursework and accredited higher education.
  • For employers looking for skilled talent, that could open up the floodgates, as students may freely pursue higher learning without fear of deep debt. For entrepreneurs interested in an emerging sector, education may be ready to move from the fringe to the center of the action.
  • Some universities have bristled at the thought of online education becoming equal to traditional classroom offerings. Even as many provide at least some sort of online lectures or labs, some see those initiatives as interesting experiments. They may change up the model of learning, but that doesn’t make them as legitimate as in-person coursework.
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Keywords: online education
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 Results
Times Higher Education
  • The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.
  • China has 32 universities in the top 500 table, the same number as last year, but they are edging up the ranks. 
  • Overall the US dominates the table, claiming more than half (51) the spots in the top 100. 
  • Meanwhile, Japan’s performance has declined this year. The country has 18 institutions represented, down from 19.
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Keywords: higher education, rankings
The Neoliberal Arts: How College Sold its Soul to the Market
  • Four words, three of which — “leadership,” “service,” and “creativity” — are the loudest buzzwords in contemporary higher education. Four words — four slogans, really — whose meaning and function are left undefined, open to whatever interpretation the reader cares to project on them.
  • College is seldom about thinking or learning anymore. Everyone is running around trying to figure out what it is about. So far, they have come up with buzzwords, mainly those three.
  • Only the commercial purpose now survives as a recognized value. Even the cognitive purpose, which one would think should be the center of a college education, is tolerated only insofar as it contributes to the commercial. 
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Keywords: higher education, liberal arts
Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?
  • Universities across the country are giving personal web domains to their students. I picked Davidson College, where I’m a junior, pitched it as an opportunity to own my own data. I could even keep the domain after graduation. It is a living portfolio, my representation in the digital world.
  • I want to shift the emphasis from data possession to knowledge production. Gaining ownership over the data is vital—but until students see this domain as a space that rewards rigor and experimentation, it will not promote student agency. Traditional assignments don’t necessarily empower students when they have to post them in a public space.
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Keywords: ed-tech, higher education
Hands-on High School Prepares Students for the Real World and Jobs, but What About College?
The Hechinger Report
  • Teachers and administrators at High Tech High say students find themselves overwhelmed by the different environment at college and have a difficult time making the transition to lecture-hall learning.
  • Critics of project-based learning say the model doesn’t provide a rigorous enough education or a breadth of knowledge. While students tend to delve deeply into a single topic, many others subjects are not addressed. But educators who have worked with the model say that students can succeed, even in larger universities with traditional classrooms.
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Keywords: project based learning, high school, college success
When Knowledge Is Unforgettable
The Atlantic
  • New findings indicate that students forget less than they may think they do. And there’s value in what they remember. These conclusions carry important implications for the subject matter students study in school.
  • Schooling makes students smarter by increasing factual knowledge and specific mental skills. Continued use can actually make knowledge indelible.
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Keywords: learning, curriculum
The Latest Campus Fashion: Wearable Technology
  • Wearable devices — including cameras, fitness trackers and other personal technologies — may prove useful for a variety of institutions, as both students and staffers discover new ways to leverage their functionality.
  • Whether for health or wellness or for new sources of data and information or new outlets of content creation, wearable technology makes programs more cost-effective and more accurate.
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Keywords: wearable technologies, innovation
‘Machine Teaching’ Is Seen as Way to Develop Personalized Curricula
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison say they are getting closer to designing a system to deliver the ideal lesson plan for each student, through a process they call “machine teaching.”
  • They are  building upon what the cognitive community knows about learning, and in particular what we need is a cognitive model that’s computational and individualized.
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Keywords: innovation, ed-tech, machine teaching
My Formula for Creating Useful Workshop Materials
Free Technology for Teachers
  • I lead a lot of virtual and in-person workshops throughout the course of the year. For each of those workshops I create webpages that contain an outline, handouts in the form of PDFs, and video tutorials.
  • I do this because I've learned over the years that even when people are 100% engaged in the workshop, there are still things that they might miss and or want to have reiterated after the workshop is over.
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Keywords: technology, workshops
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