THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
"Humanities must be a fundamental part of universities"
In an exclusive interview for the Observatory, Magdalena Merbilháa, historian, professor and Associate Director of the Research Group on Imaginative Education, talks about the role of the humanities in the future of education, the new role of teachers in the 21st century, and about the model of imaginative education, which emphasizes the importance of the emotions in learning.
Who rules in Higher Ed? QS World University Rankings 2018
QS World University Rankings released its latest edition of its famous rankings. For this edition, QS evaluated 75 million citations in more than 12 million academic articles and analyzed 115,000 employer and academic surveys. For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads the ranking of over 950 of the best universities in the world, followed by Stanford University, Harvard, Caltech and University of Cambridge.
Teclabs from Tecnológico de Monterrey is launching a new corporate accelerator to support Edtech startups
Teclabs, Tecnológico de Monterrey's center for innovation in education, and the leading accelerator in LATAM, Orion Startups, are launching a corporate accelerator program in educational technology. Edtech Accelerator, is a Teclabs initiative that aims to encourage entrepreneurs interested in transforming the world of education through new methods for teaching and learning.
The evolution of mobile learning
The mobile application market has been the fastest growing productive sector in human history, unsurprisingly permeating the educational environment to create what is now known as mobile learning or M-learning.
A new tool helps universities track cheating patterns in online programs
A new platform aims to help colleges measure their rate of online test-taking violations by drawing information from hundreds of thousands of university students across the U.S. to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers.
Skill up now, pay later: one startup wants to change the paradigm of higher education
A San Francisco-based startup wants to reimagine college by offering a debt-free, one-year college alternative with a world-class education that prepares students for the modern workplace. The program charges no tuition upfront and will only receive payment from students once they have a job paying at least $50,000.
WHAT WE ARE READING
- The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools (The New York Times)
- Could Finland’s Strategy of Supporting Education – and Teachers’ Stature – Translate to the U.S.? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching? (NPR)
- The Tangled World of Teacher Debt (Education Next)
- How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom(NPR)