Open educational resources are gaining track

This week's must-read stories

The future of the educational ecosystem
We are experiencing critical changes driven by the accelerated development of technology and new social interactions. A recent study suggests that these changes cannot be addressed with our current educational system. Faced with this reality, the process of transferring knowledge and skills must be transformed. There is a need for a new educational ecosystem for societies to prosper. What are the characteristics of this new ecosystem?

Open educational resources are gaining track
The costs of books and databases such as SCOPUS are limiting the access to scientific and academic information. Given this situation, open access is making its way into universities and governments and there is more free scientific information than ever before: it is estimated that there are more than 1,200 million works with a Creative Commons licenses.

Status of education according to the World Economic Forum 2018
Today, many of the efforts done by universities do not respond to the needs of students and society. Moreover, most of the information and knowledge on which the world economy bases their decisions come fromuniversity research. Therefore, a profound educational system transformation is vital.

Drawing and robotics kits for building functional electronic circuits in class
In an educational environment, the application and use of technological tools with didactic purposes bring students closer to experiencing real and everyday problems in a safe environment. Learn about the experience of Professor Juan Carlos Alfonzo León who combines innovative tools for the construction of electronic circuits in order to reinforce the learning of theoretical concepts through practice.

Udacity launches first flying cars Nanodegree program
Udacity just launched a program to prepare the next generation of air transportation engineers. This two-term nanodegree aims to give students the knowledge to master technologies in planning, controls, estimation, fixed-wing aircrafts, system identification, mission optimization, fleet coordination, flying car systems, and write code for real aircrafts, among other subjects.

What we are reading

  • Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness
    With 1,182 students enrolled, this is the most popular course in Yale's 316-year history. (The New York Times)

  • The Maya maths revolution
    Mexican children are learning to think analytically following a method invented by their Mayan ancestors. (Financial Times)

  • Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education
    Two teachers fuse ideas from science fiction novels with reality in the classroom. (EdSurge)

  • The university of the future will be interdisciplinary
    Traditional departmental structures impede the evolution of universities. (The Guardian)

  • Design Thinking and Other Learning Priorities to Educate Today’s Students for the Coming Automation Economy
    How do we help young people prepare for a complex and automated world? With these 4 learning priorities. (The 74)

  • Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? 
    The debate about devices in the classroom has many perspectives: 5 professors, a psychiatrist and a technologist give their points of view. (NPR)