The 3 Instructional Shifts That Will Redefine the College Professor

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Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
August 11, 2015
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The 3 Instructional Shifts That Will Redefine the College Professor
  • As faculty at colleges and universities are all too aware, it’s hard to do two jobs at the same time. Since the advent of the modern research university over a century ago, faculty have effectively held down two jobs: conducting (and publishing) research and teaching students.
  • The downside is that both jobs require significant expertise and commitment to do well. And so I often think about this question: would faculty be better teachers and produce superior student outcomes if we asked them to focus solely on instruction? If today’s answer is “maybe,” tomorrow’s will be “probably” due to three shifts that will make instruction more complex and involved:  The Dynamic Classroom, Smartphones and Apps, and Competency-Based Education.
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Keywords: innovation, ed-tech, competency based education
How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information 
  • The volume of information available on the Internet is astounding, and it just keeps growing. Business intelligence company DOMO estimates that 571 new websites are created every minute. With that amount of information, it can be difficult for students to separate the gems from the garbage, but, fortunately, we can help them navigate online information easily and efficiently.
  • Julie Coiro, associate professor of education at the University of Rhode Island suggests strategies to help students to effectively evaluate what they see on the Internet, practice refuting what is on the Internet, and cross-check claims. In other words, becoming critical consumers of online material means more than just viewing a website.
  • Creating lessons that exercise students’ evaluation skills will help them become better web consumers and researchers, and it may help them in their later academic and professional careers.
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Keywords: online literacy,  information overload,  professional careers
The 7 Do's and Dont's of Creating Your Own OERs 
eSchool News
  • Whether you know it or not, most educators have already started creating their own open educational resources (OER) in the form of tests, handouts, and presentations. Bringing them on online to share with other educators is just the natural next step.
  • But there are best practices creating and sharing OERs, which are resources that are freely shared and able to be modified and redistributed. 
  • Do follow these best practices in creating open resources to use and share.
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Keywords: OER's, best practices
The Interleaving Effect: Mixing it Up Boosts Learning
Scientific American
  • We’ve all heard the adage: practice makes perfect! In other words, acquiring skills takes time and effort. But how exactly does one go about learning a complex subject such as tennis, calculus, or even how to play the violin?
  • Enter “interleaving,” a largely unheard-of technique that is capturing the attention of cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists. 
  • In interleaving one mixes, or interleaves, practice on several related skills together (forming for example the pattern “ABCABCABC”). For instance, a pianist alternates practice between scales, chords, and arpeggios, while a tennis player alternates practice between forehands, backhands, and volleys. 
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Keywords: pedagogical techniques, psychology
Universities Can Learn From Schools When It Comes to Improving Teacher Quality
The Guardian
  • Rather than reinventing the wheel, universities should pay careful attention to what has already been learned in schools around effective teaching 
  • The idea of monitoring teaching quality is not new. Education researchers – albeit focused on schools rather than universities – have been grappling with this issue for many years. And their research shows that measuring teaching quality is fraught with difficulty.
  • Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, outlined on Radio 4’s World at One programme last week, the debate on university teaching quality has focused on three potential ways of monitoring teaching quality.
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Keywords: faculty, effective teaching
Should High School Students Have to 'Defend' Their Diploma Like a Ph.D? 
The Hechinger Report
  • Jorge Magana, 18, zipped through a PowerPoint presentation with the confidence of a Fortune 500 CEO.He had 45 minutes to present a portfolio of three “artifacts,” one academic, one artistic, and one of his own choosing. The panel grilled him: Can you describe your research process? Which obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them? How will the skills you learned help with your future plans?
  • Portfolio assessments like this one, which look a lot like doctoral dissertation defenses, are on the rise in California. The practice, touted by educators nationwide as a proven path to college success, has largely been squeezed out by standardized tests, the quicker, less-costly measure of student performance. 
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Keywords: portfolio assessment, high school, college success
Valuing Research Rectitude
Times Higher Education
  • Aren’t the chances of getting caught committing research misconduct relatively high? After all, scientists have to run the gauntlet of peer review before they can publish any ill-gotten results. Not everyone thinks the system is sufficiently robust.
  • Just as banks stand accused of being reluctant to investigate and punish wrongdoing by their staff, there is a sense that many universities, no matter what their value statements proclaim, likewise prioritise image management over the naming and shaming of wrongdoers
  • Given the frequently trumpeted connection between scientific advance and economic growth, research misconduct and fraud could pose a significant risk to future prosperity, just like financial misconduct and fraud does. If it is important that oversight of banking is as rigorous as it can be, then the same must be no less true of research.
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Keywords: peer review, research ethics
A Technology That Reveals Your Feelings
Bloomberg Business
  • Memo to students: Think you can fool your teacher when you’re not paying attention? Think again. In the not-too-distant future, a laptop flashing a graph tracking classroom attention in real time could give you away. 
  • By the end of 2015, as many as 1,000 schools in the U.S. and Canada could be using a technology that monitors students, says Rich Cheston, chief solutions officer at Stoneware, a Lenovo unit that makes classroom management software 
  • The teachers “can see it as they are teaching, so they can determine when to take corrective action,” Cheston says. His product will come out in September, and then he will start marketing it to schools. 
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Keywords: affective computing, ed-tech
Five Strategies to Trend on Twitter at Your Next Event
The Innovative Educator
  • My office runs a yearly NYC Schools Tech Conference with about one thousand attendees. This year we wanted to focus on getting the buzz going in social media. One measure success was if we could trend on Twitter that day and we did. 
  • Here are some things we did to make that happen.
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Keywords: education, social media
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