Getting Our Hands Dirty: Why Academics Should Design Metrics and Address the Lack of Transparency

April 12, 2016

Getting Our Hands Dirty: Why Academics Should Design Metrics and Address the Lack of Transparency


  • Metrics in academia are often an opaque mess, filled with biases and ill-judged assumptions that are used in overly deterministic ways. By getting involved with their design, academics can productively push metrics in a more transparent direction.
  • Chris Elsden, Sebastian Mellor and Rob Comber introduce an example of designing metrics within their own institution. Using the metric of grant income, their tool ResViz shows a chord diagram of academic collaboration and aims to encourage a multiplicity of interpretations.
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Keywords: academia, metrics, research, accelerated academy

We Are Probably Doing it Wrong

The Synapse / Medium

  • “If you are doing it the way you always have, you are probably doing it wrong.” Unfortunately, in education we seem to keep doing it the way we always have. Most things in the world have changed in the time between when formal education was first developed and today.
  • We are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Are we giving them the best opportunity to be successful in those new unknown jobs? We are not if we continue to ask them to participate in school the way our parents and their parents did.
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Keywords: teaching, education, educators

The Blockchain for Education: An Introduction

Hack Education

  • Do educators need to pay attention to the blockchain? What, if anything, should they know about it? The blockchain had a big marketing splash at SXSWedu this spring, where the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and the ACT Foundation presented the idea of “the Ledger” as a new technology that could tie learning to earning.
  • A handful of schools have also started to experiment with the blockchain, primarily in creating cryptographically-signed, verifiable certificates. These include MIT's Media Lab, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, and the (unaccredited) Holberton School, an alternative, teacher-less software engineering school in San Francisco.
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Keywords: technology, education, blockchain, future of education

Is Online Tutoring the Future of Personalized Learning?


  • Online tutoring, while not new, is one solution that may be able to bridge the gap between student and tutor, and provide the accessibility, affordability, and flexibility necessary to move education forward in a substantial way.
  • Companies like HackHands are taking the live mentorship approach, while others, like Udemy and Codementor, are partnering to combine education with expert knowledge. But without the ability to truly integrate with the traditional school system, these companies would not be able to achieve widespread adoption.
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Keywords: online tutoring, personalized learning, education technology, edtech

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

  • One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them, seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. But how can teachers achive this? Some strategies include: Listen more than talk, give learners choice, personalize learning, among others.
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Keywords: educators, teaching strategies, personalized learning

Tracking Trends in Faculty Research, Publishing, and Teaching The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey Findings Released

Ithaka S+R

  • The US Faculty Survey 2015 examine the attitudes and behaviors of scholars at four-year colleges and universities across the United States. The survey provides the higher education community with a regularly updated snapshot of its faculty members at a moment in time, as well as trend analysis of changes.
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Keywords: reports, faculty, educators, higher education, trends

The Role of the Teacher In the Active Learning Environment

Science Edventures

  • Every learner needs to build new concepts into their own pre-existing knowledge. That’s the constructivist model for teaching and learning. So what goes into that “prep” to support every student? If you’re going to ask your students to invest a considerable amount of work in the class, they need to know why. “Because I said so” isn’t sufficient.
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Keywords: teaching strategies, active learning, flipped classroom

Using Project-Based Learning To Turn Students Into Responsible Data Consumers


  • Students are our future citizens—and that is something that all teachers must remember. So, how do we turn students into responsible data consumers, and show them how to use data for good? Project-based learning offers a unique opportunity to hand the data reins to students—provided you have the right parameters. Let’s take a look inside my classroom to see how one project does it.
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Keywords: technology, digital citizens, students, data consuming

The State of Storytelling

Getting Smart

  • One of the constant challenges teachers face is to get and keep their students’ attention. Students won’t learn if they aren’t engaged. But how can teachers address nonfiction topics without losing students' attention? The answer is simple. Tell a good story.
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Keywords: teaching strategies, storytelling

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