THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
Teachers fail to innovate due to “fear of looking stupid”
Despite being a leader institution on research into how students learn best, Carnegie Mellon University has largely failed to adopt its own findings. To find out why, anthropologist Lauren Herckis observed Carnegie Mellon University scholars for more than a year. Her conclusion was surprising: Teachers are too afraid of looking stupid in front of their students to try something new.
MIT launches lab to help learners in the developing world
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a new laboratory to help educators, universities, governments, and companies, revolutionize the effectiveness and reach of education, through innovation. The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) aims “to help prepare people everywhere for a labor market radically altered by technological progress, globalization, and the pursuit of higher living standards around the world.”
Teach with Passion, Learn with Imagination
A group of professors created an educational innovation model that helps teachers to facilitate student learning through the development of creativity in how, when and where learning is generated, along with integrating challenging and interactive experiences.
What teachers say they need to use technology effectively
A new report released by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow focuses on the readiness of teachers to use digital tools to transform teaching and learning and explores what teachers say they need to use technology effectively.
‘Lazy geniuses’: Brighter students study less hard
A paper that studied individual effort decisions in higher education found that the most talented students worked less hard and fewer hours than other learners. Researchers analyzed more than 4,400 German undergraduates to test their performance study habits.
Report warns that university email addresses are at risk
Digital Citizens Alliance releases a new report that shows that .edu email addresses are very prone to cyber theft. The researchers found around 14 million e-mails and passwords belonging to faculty and students on the Dark Web.
Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative has an ambitious plan to push personalized learning
The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative will be investing "hundreds of millions of dollars a year" in personalized learning with the aim to expand the efforts to provide every student with a customized education.
WHAT WE ARE READING
- With the ‘Coming Battles’ between people and machines, educators are all the more vital (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- I finally found a way to get students talking in class: Teach it online(The Washington Post)
- Liberal arts majors are the future of the tech industry (Harvard Business Review)
- Does redesigning classrooms make a difference to students? (Paywall) (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- How Silicon Valley pushed coding into American classrooms (The New York Times)