Character education matters more than ever


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Character Education Matters More Than Ever

Now more than ever, educators shouldn't teach just content, they must also teach morals, ethics and cultivate empathy and mindfulness in every student. Character education fosters the development of moral and ethical citizens by teaching them good values. This month, the group Top Global Teacher Bloggers share their perspectives on this issue.


Joseph W. Polisi: "The Arts Are Key to Innovation"

In the past years there has been budget cuts in Arts and Humanities programs in many countries around the world. This is happening in a time when employers had clearly express they want people who can think creatively, who can work in teams, and who can improvise. At a SXSWedu panel, Joseph W. Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, expressed that the study of music and other arts prepares students for the workplace thanks to the skills set that graduates from this programs have.


Researchers Warn Using Laptops in Class Harms Academic Performance

Nowadays it seems that the use of technology in class is inevitable, but a new study warns that using a laptop in class can significantly damage students’ academic performance. After an analysis of the grades of 5,600 students at a private US liberal arts college, authors Richard Patterson and Robert Patterson concluded that use of laptops in class significantly worsens academic performance.


To Debate to Learn

When we hear the words “discuss” or “argue”, we relate them to quarreling or imposing one truth over another. However, discussion is an exercise involving an exchange of ideas about a specific topic generated between two or more people. It offers the ideal moment for talking and listening to gain insight into a situation and create a solution. Classrooms offer the ideal setting for debate as an engaging teaching strategy that educators should employ more often, given its benefits not only for students, but also for teachers.


University of North Carolina Launches Initiative that Connects the Sciences with the Arts and Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a new initiative called "Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making" to give undergraduate students more hands-on research and collaborative learning through real-world problems. Courses will integrate sciences with arts and humanities in order to tackle today's challenges. The program promotes a mindset focused on experiential learning, which is reinforced through three pillars: Connecting, Doing, and Making.


Coursera Expands its Online Master’s Degrees

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and HEC Paris launched two online master’s degree programs in the fields of accounting and entrepreneurship. The online learning company Coursera revealed the two new additions to their degrees catalogue in a blog post announcement. Nikhil Sinha, chief business officer at Coursera, said that lifelong learning is critical in today's world: "Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative. Rigorous, flexible, and affordable online master’s programs are an essential part of this new education paradigm."


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launches Higher Ed Podcast

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching "To A Degree", a new podcast that aims to "highlight the people, institutions, and organizations that are working to provide all students with a high-quality and affordable postsecondary experience, especially those at the greatest risk of being left out." and to explore "promising solutions and innovative policies to improve outcomes for every student." The first episode, "Innovation, Equity, and Excellence" explores innovative initiatives that promote equity and excellence. 


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Upcoming webinars

Apr. 10  Guiding Academic Transformation: The NMC Horizon Report and the ELI Key Issues in Teaching and Learning
Apr. 11  Lifelong Learning Through Alternative Credentials
Apr. 13  Equity, Access, and Achievement in the Math Classroom
Apr. 13  The New Art and Science of Teaching

Upcoming conferences

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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