THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
Tailored instruction can have negative outcomes in students
A new study shows that learning styles, an influential and popular approach among educators, can oversimplify human cognition and provide wrong advice, with the danger of negative outcomes for learners.
U of Arizona creates "Micro-campuses" to address global demand for higher education
The University of Arizona is partnering with 11 universities to create 25 "micro-campuses" around the world with the aim to open doors for students unable to study in the United States by providing access to UA degrees in their home countries.
Airbnb is democratizing Data Science with Data University
Airbnb believes that every employee should be empowered to make data informed decisions. To address this challenge, the company wants to democratize data science with its own university-style program: Data University.
Conscious studying greatly improves test scores
Do you want to improve your students' test scores? There is great news for you (and for them too): working more strategically, not harder, leads to better grades. A new study from Stanford University shows that conscious, self-reflected studying helps college students improve their scores by one-third of a letter grade.
Virtual Reality in Education, Learning + Fun
To facilitate student learning in biology classes, two professors from Tec de Monterrey designed and developed a virtual reality app that will make it easier for students to understand cell biology.
Learning to read as an adult can rewire your brain
A new research suggest that learning to read literally changes how the brain works, even in regions that aren’t usually associated with reading and writing. The study found that only 6 months of literacy training can lead to neuroplastic changes in the mature brain.
WHAT WE ARE READING
After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
How one alum’s new learning center in North Carolina could redefine homeschooling (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
5 Pitches to Rethink Education From The Chronicle’s Third Annual Version of ‘Shark Tank’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education)