Accountability in Education

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Teaching responsibility and its evaluation, according to UNESCO
Teachers whose work is not recognized and adequately rewarded often feeloverburdened and undervalued, which can influence absenteeism, motivation and effectiveness. The Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/8 "Accountability in Education," carried out by UNESCO, examines theresponsibilities of teachers and the mechanisms used to evaluate their performance around the world. 

María Klawe on the role of women in STEM careers, in an interview for the Observatory
Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, talked with the Observatory about the future of education, the role of women in careers that were believed to be only for men, and the influence liberal arts will have in the future of education and work

The most innovative education companies of 2018
The Fast Company list of the most innovative education companies ranges from instructional platforms to children wellness programs. The leader in the education sector is CommonBond, the student loan relief company. Duolingo and Coursera are also included in the top 10.

Gamification in the classroom is no game
One of the most popular educational trends is Gamification, however, few teachers apply this concept correctly in the classroom. Learn the basic concepts of this trend and some practical examples that you can implement in your class in order to motivate and involve students in their learning process. 

Imperial College London and Coursera launch a new program that teaches the foundation of artificial intelligence
The Imperial College London, one of the top STEM universities in the world, has partnered with Coursera to launch its first MOOCs with the goal of providing learners with a solid foundation in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The new program is a Mathematics for Machine Learning Specialization. 

Hypergiant, an AI startup that aims to solve real business problems
An Austin, entrepreneur just launched a startup called Hypergiant with the aim to develop more “down to earth” AI business solutions for the most successful brands. The new startup is aiming to solve business problems with AI-driven tools that don’t take years to develop. 

What we are reading

  • The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’
    In 2018, more and more university administrators want campuswide, quantifiable data that reveal what skills students are learning. (The New York Times)

  • Michelle Weise: ‘We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future’
    The future of our nation’s prosperity will depend on a citizenry that regularly retools itself for the future of work. But we need to translate lifelong learning into actions. (EdSurge)

  • Why We All Need Mentors and How to Make it Happen
    One of the most important roles for educators today is that of being a mentor. (Getting Smart)

  • The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) 
    Does current K-12 education equip every student with the requisite skills to become innovators and problem-solvers to succeed in this world with pervasive computing? (EdSurge)

  • Women Need One More Degree Than Men to Earn the Same, Says New Georgetown University Study
    Women have surpassed men in educational attainment. Yet, women still make just 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. (PRWeb)

  • Inside Cornell's new graduate school that wants to "build a better digital future"
    With a multidisciplinary curriculum, Cornell Tech aims to help students build a company from conception to prototype. (Business Insider)