‘If we don’t know how we learn, how on earth do we know how to teach?’


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This week's must-read stories

Rafael Reif: ‘If we don’t know how we learn, how on earth do we know how to teach?’

Times Higher Education

Just months after L. Rafael Reif became provost of the MIT in 2005, he encountered a significant problem: appreciable numbers of students were no longer attending classes. Investigating the issue, he found that groups of them were eschewing formal study to work together on their own projects using materials from OpenCourseWare, the university’s online library of course content. “I saw the future – that’s it,” said Reif. The discovery led to MIT’s current teaching model and the launch of MITx. Now the research giant is working to improve teaching practice.


NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

New Media Consortium

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. This report charts the five-year impact of innovative practices and technologies for academic and research libraries across the globe. The three sections of the report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.


Peers, More than Teachers, Motivate Us to Learn


“Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from their teachers. University students who received a rationale for why learning is important from people similar to them got a significantly better final grade than students who were given the same rationale from the course instructor.


Letting Students Own Their Credentials With Blockchain-based Certificates

Campus Technology

Digital credentials are making their mark in multiple areas and blockchain technology could offer a simple pipeline for job candidates to share with hiring managers what they've learned. Figuring out this sort of credential transfer is important in an era when employers are moving away from the idea that the four-year degree is the final arbiter of a person's abilities. In a university setting, the concept of the blockchain is to give people full control over their credentials and transcripts. Blockchain could put the record in the alumni's hands. When that day arrives, it could go down in the annals as a milestone.


Why Academics Need to Learn the Art of Storytelling

University World News

The use of stories is a powerful tool to make our research more accessible and to reach wider audiences. Now, more than ever, scholars must develop strategies to communicate the results of our research to the public as a means of challenging 'alternative facts' and appealing to politicians’ better nature in making policy decisions.


Tutorials 2.0: Humanizing Online learning

eSchool News

Khan Academy-style tutorials changed the face of education, empowering anywhere, anytime learning. However, they were Tutorials 1.0. We now have Tutorials 2.0. The LightBoard has arrived. This next stage of evolution of tutorials allows students to get an enhanced experience with a more personal connection between the student and the teacher. While nothing can replace a one-to-one, face-to-face explanation, this is better than anything in the past.


Migrant Women in Transit Through Guadalajara, Mexico. The Case of the ‘El Refugio’ Shelter

Observatory of Educational Innovation

Teaching practice should take place in a multiplicity of spaces that surpass by far the limits of a classroom. PhD Eduardo González Velázquez, Research Professor at the National School of Social Sciences and Government of Tecnológico de Monterrey, teaches students the theory of the migration phenomenon dynamics at school, but also include field work in which they visit the shelters where migrants receive aid. The aim is to achieve the perfect combination of theory and practice that offers a more far-reaching knowledge that favors the students’ comprehensive education.


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Upcoming webinars

Mar. 28  Beyond Email: How California State University, San Marcos Improved Communication with a Mobile App
Mar. 28  Adaptive Learning: Future Ready Digital Strategies
Mar. 28  Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework
Mar. 29  Integrating Student Data Across Platforms
Mar. 30  The Open-Source Moodle Revolution in Corporate Training & Development
Apr. 3  In the Classroom & Beyond: Unexpected Applications for Video on Campus
Apr. 3  Coaching Adult Learners Builds Creative Capacity
Apr. 3  Engaging Students Through High-Impact Learning Environments

Upcoming conferences

Mar. 31 - Apr. 1  Blended & Personalized Learning Conference
Apr. 05-07  OLC Innovate (Innovations in blended and online learning)
Apr. 18  Business of Blockchain
Apr. 20-21  4th Annual Meeting of the ACM Conference on Learning at Scale
May. 08-10  ASU GSV Summit 2017
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