Best practices for successful online programs

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By Karina Fuerte

The 7 best practices for successful digital learning programs
A new study, released by Arizona State University, examines the impact of digital technology in education, particularly student success and return on investment for students and institutions. The research reveals the seven most important measures that colleges and universities can take to improve their digital learning programs.

The upcoming trends in the engineering education landscape
A new report from MIT reveals the three trends that are driving change in engineering education and outlines the emerging institutions that lead the field. The report The global state of the art in engineering education defines the emerging leaders and the initiatives that are transforming the system.

Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria: a learning, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem
What happens when you gather university students and business initiatives in the same space?. The Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria is a space where higher education and the entrepreneurial community coexist daily in a transversal space without classrooms or offices, teachers or students.

Education in science and technology through dialogue and transformative learning
STEM education is becoming of increasing interest to governments and for education policy worldwide. In this sense, it is necessary to incorporate in the curriculum a critical perspective that highlights the transforming power of STEM education through dialogical participation.

The University of Waterloo launches new institute focused on AI
Many universities around the world are taking seriously the educational challenge that automation imposes. The University of Waterloo joins this educational initiative with the launch of the Artificial Intelligent Institute. With the aim to prepare Canada for the challenges of automation, the lab will begin to develop research in areas such as statistical learning, deep learning, game theory and data science.

Study reveals how people evaluate the quality of their education
The idea that work and education must be intimately linked is growing stronger every day. A recent study reveals that the more relevant the study program is in people's lives and work, the greater their belief that they received a valuable education.

Teachers see digital devices as harmful to physical and mental health
A recent survey regarding the use of technological devices in education and their possible impact on health revealed that 55% of teachers surveyed think that smartphones, tablets, and computers are bad for physical health, while 69% say they are harmful to mental health.

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon publish 3D Bioprinter design under CC license
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have reduced the cost of 3D Bioprinters significantly. The published a design, under the Creative Commons (CC) licenses, with which anyone can transform a low-cost 3D printer into a bioprinter through an accessory that can be manufactured with only 49.27 dollars.

What we are reading

  • The Myth of 'Learning Styles'
    A lot of evidence suggests that people aren’t really one certain kind of learner or another. (The Atlantic)

  • This is the teaching that prepares kids for real life — and it’s no longer optional
    Developing students’ social, emotional and academic skills is crucial to fostering students’ growth and enhancing their ability to create, collaborate and contribute to their communities. (The Hechinger Report)

  • A Futuristic Look at Assessing Learning
    Dr. Adam Gazzaley argues that enhancing human cognition is not about increasing the amount of information we teach students. So, how do we enhance cognition? (KQED)

  • The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail
    Online programs are gradually incorporating elements of the brick-and-mortar model. Perhaps the future of higher education will be hybrid, with the best of the physical and the digital experience. (The Atlantic)

  • Conferences mean high times but low returns
    Academic gatherings may be fun, but they do little to advance knowledge, argues Nicholas Rowe. (Times Higher Education)

  • Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work
    The Global Leadership Forecast 2018 found that Gen X, which covers those born between 1965 and 1981, now accounts for 51 percent of leadership roles globally. (CNBC)