This week's must-read stories
Station1, a university with no lectures
A former dean for graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is planning a new type of university without classrooms, majors or lectures. Station1 is the name of this nonprofit organization that aims to evolve higher education with a unique model that opposes traditional college pillars.
The 7 principles of learning
Jennifer Groff, Educational Engineer at the MIT Media Lab, unveiled the seven principles of learning at the International Congress on Educational Innovation, CIIE 2017. Groff stated that in many countries around the world, schools, organizations and governments, supply equipment like tablets to innovate the model of teaching. However, they soon find that these devices will not improve everything magically.
The rising concern about the effect of smartphones on children
Two Apple shareholders sent a letter to the company this weekend expressing their concern about the negative effects of smartphones on education and the risk of suicide in children.
University of Washington launches $6M VR and AR research lab funded by Facebook, Google, and Huawei
The University of Washington launched a new augmented and virtual reality research center funded by Facebook, Google, and Huawei to accelerate innovation in the field and educate the next generation of AR and VR researchers and workers.
The need to think disruptively in the face of an uncertain future
Michelle Weise, Workforce Strategies & Chief Innovation Officer of Strada Education Network, argues that we need to train our minds to think disruptively to adapt to the challenges of the future. Wise adviced that universities need to prepare students throughout their entire lives by creating ecosystems in which students and workers can enter and exit an educational experience whenever they need to.
How can student competencies be assessed in an electronics course?
A new method of evaluating the disciplinary competences for the electronics class aims to link theory and practice. This method continually evaluates the knowledge and skills being acquired with ongoing practical experiments, which spark students’ interest.
What we are reading
Education technology: what does 2018 have in store? (Times Higher Education)
What The Learning Sciences Tell us about Competency Education (Getting Smart)
Rival studies shed light on the merits of a Montessori education (The Hechinger Report)
Design Thinking and Its Impact on Education Innovation (Getting Smart)