THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
Telepresence technologies to humanize distance education
Personalized and immediate attention is an area of opportunity that many education-oriented technology institutions and companies have begun to explore. The Project “Avatar Professor”, a telepresence model developed at Tecnológico de Monterrey, offers the experience of having a professor in holographic form in the classroom, providing virtual mobility from anywhere in the world with real-time, personalized interaction with students, delivering a social presence in the classroom.
A new MOOC to learn what Open Education is about
The University of Texas at Arlington launches a new MOOC, Introduction to Open Education, aimed at faculty and graduate students who are interested in learning how it can reduce costs, increase transparency, and improve learning outcomes.
Amazon launches tool to help students improve their writing
Amazon introduces TenMarks Writing, a new online curriculum that provides students with a digital writing coach with the goal of helping them, step by step, during the writing process. The tool offers short exercises like commenting on an image or creating a story through text messages.
Study shows that having a smartphone nearby reduces brainpower
Cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when a smartphone is close, even if it is turned off, according to a new study by the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Moreover, the cognitive costs are higher for persons with smartphone dependence.
The future of Artificial Intelligence in Education
In a discussion paper released by McKinsey Global Institute, experts analyze the role of Artificial Intelligence across industries, among them education. The study states that AI’s successful implementation will depend not only on technical problems but also on ethical issues, for example, the management of students’ data.
WHAT WE ARE READING
A textbook dilemma: Digital or paper? (The Hechinger Report)
Academics 'face higher mental health risk' than other professions (Times Higher Education)
A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization (The New York Times)
The myth of the skills gap (MIT Technology Review)