A soft skills certificate program

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Five Challenges facing STEM education
A recent study identifies five talent gaps facing STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and recommends actions to rectify the path. More than redesigning educational programs, it poses a profound transformation in the ecosystem of these fields of study.

Davenport University launches a soft skills certificate program
The University of Davenport developed the "Excellence System," a certificate program that evaluates soft skills that according to experts are not being developed or valued in traditional education. The aim is that students acquire the skills sought by recruiters.

Educating preschoolers in the appropriate and constructive use of new technologies
There is a wide variety of educational resources that we can explore in the classroom. The most important thing is to have a learning objective according to the cognitive development and maturity of the children, with a constructive use of new technologies.

New Udacity Nanodegree to develop blockchain applications
According to Udacity, the global demand for blockchain specialists will grow 60% annually. Hence, the importance of starting to prepare the next developers of this technology. A new Udacity Nanodegree promises to instruct the skills, tools, and computer security practices that a blockchain developer needs.

What we are reading

  • Want to Help Professors Become Better Teachers? Find Them a Mentor
    Many faculty members don’t like workshops or other formal training. For day-to-day teaching challenges, nothing beats an ally who has been there, done that. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?
    What we fail to realize is that individualization actually has diminishing returns. As individualization increases, so does the potential for isolation. (EdSurge)

  • How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco
    Huge contributions from tech titans, a STEM-packed curriculum, gadgets everywhere: Willie Brown Middle School, the most expensive new public school in San Francisco history, was supposed to set the bar. Then it opened. (Wired)

  • A College Considers Taking the ‘Liberal’ Out of ‘Liberal Education’
    The proposal has spurred worries of sending the wrong message in an era of angst over the health of the liberal arts and the word’s political connotations. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • Can France Create Its Own MIT?
    Five grandes écoles -- École Polytechnique, ENSTA ParisTech, Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Sud Paris and ENSAE ParisTech -- should be formally merged to form a Parisian science and technology university. (Inside Higher Ed)

  • Incorporating humanities, arts, crafts, and design into curricula makes better scientists
    Every real-world problem spans disciplinary boundaries. Integration between disciplines is a skill that needs to be developed in order to respond to the connectedness of the real world. (Science Magazine)

  • Journal trials accepting all articles it sends for peer review
    The experiment is seen as a way of removing the gatekeeping role played by peer reviewers. (Times Higher Education)