A five-step model for promoting academic dissemination

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Research for Better Teaching: a five-step model for promoting academic disseminatio
Research requires teachers to keep up-to-date on contemporary issues, making their class a space for reflection, focusing on students’ reality. The development of research competencies allows teachers to be in a constant process of improvement, which positively impacts the mastery of their discipline.

OECD predicts that automation will eliminate 14 percent of jobs
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a survey carried out in 32 countries to assess the risk of certain jobs to disappear, and the windows of opportunity that this technological revolution will open. Activities that demand professional degrees and continuous training will be less susceptible to automation, according to the study.

How to implement adaptive learning?
Dale Johnson, manager of the Adaptive General Education Program for EdPlus at Arizona State University, shares some tips for implementing adaptive learning and improving the learning experience. "The historical process is that teachers have to wait until the first exam to understand how students are performing. With our system, we have the information early in the course." 

"We need to be aware that sometimes at universities we don’t practice what we preach" - Pablo Navas
Pablo NavasPresident of the University of Los Andes, Colombia, spoke with the Observatory about the obstacles to innovation in Latin American universities, the future of work in the face of automation and the challenge of motivating students to choose teaching as a career.

Udacity launches school dedicated to AI
The online education platform Udacity is betting on teaching skills for the jobs of the future with the launch of its school dedicated to artificial intelligence. The School of Artificial Intelligence is a web portal in which students can choose different learning paths to master AI concepts and tools.

Forest schools, teaching and learning in natural environments
Schools in Europe are adopting programs that take place in forests where interaction with nature thrives and enriching educational experiences flourish. Forest school teachers use learning and teaching strategies to develop confidence, emotional resilienceindependence, language and communication skills and mental well-being. 

A bachelor's degree in Internet of Things is born
The Florida International University unveiled the first bachelor's degree in Internet of Things Management. The Internet of Things degree promises graduates to become device programmers, cybersecurity experts, and hardware designers.

What we are reading

  • Empowerwashing Education
    The dominant use of empowerment in education focuses on the maximization of individual interests. But this individualistic conception lacks the critical consciousness education should bring. (A Long View on Education)

  • Pop-Ups Offer Classes on Today’s Hot Topics
    Pop-up classes are brief experiential, interdisciplinary and extracurricular workshops that generally disappear. The beauty of the pop-up classes is that anything goes. (The New York Times)

  • How Universities Should Manage Innovation
    As innovation becomes a major part of colleges and universities’ strategies, creating processes to manage it is vital. (Forbes)

  • The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete
    The scientific paper was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Yet, after 400 years the most popular tool we have for communicating scientific results is the PDF. Here’s what’s next. (The Atlantic)

  • One Year of ‘College’ With No Degree, But No Debt And a Job at the End
    New schools tout themselves as alternatives to college in the digital age, but they lack the traditional benefits of a postsecondary education. (The Wall Street Journal - paywall)

  • Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI, With China's Help
    Kai-Fu Lee launched a new project to help close the country’s AI talent gap with the help of the Chinese government and some of North America’s leading computer scientists. (Wired)