The power of game-based learning

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Jennifer Groff and the power of game-based learning, in an interview for the Observatory
Jennifer Groff, research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Education Arcade, talks about the effectiveness of game-based learning environments, the role of the teacher in the future and about "calling out the elephants in the room" in higher education.

Students need creative problem-solving skills for the jobs of the future
According to numerous studies, automation will require a change in the educational focus so that students have an adequate adaptation to the jobs of the future. However, what skills will be needed to develop? Adobe conducted a survey aimed at educators, leaders and policymakers in which it revealed the need for schools to transform their teaching programs

Writing to learn: tips for a successful academic publication
If you are interested in research and want to start the adventure of sharing your knowledge and experiences, learn some recommendations to write a successful scientific or academic paper

University, college or higher ed. Which one do you trust?
When describing higher education the name makes a difference. A recentGallup poll revealed which educational term evokes the most confidence in Americans. Is it collegeuniversity or the not so used higher education

What we are reading

  • Texas's Big Bet on the Future of Higher Education
    Many of the most pressing problems higher education faces today are under institutional control. Steven Mintz analyzes these problems and the feasible solutions. (Inside Higher Ed)

  • Does every teacher need a coach?
    A new analysis on teacher coaching finds that benefits dissipate as coaching programs attempt to reach more teachers. (The Hechinger Report)

  • Design Thinking: A Student’s Perspective
    Design thinking isn’t just a process. It’s a set of mindsets that are designed to help you work through any situation in life. (Getting Smart)

  • Closing the Skills Gap One MOOC at a Time: How Google is Transforming the Lifelong Learning Environment
    There are hundreds of thousands of middle-skill jobs available but few individuals with the skills to fill them. But corporations can make a difference supporting lifelong learning. (The Evolllution)

  • 4 Things Experts Want You to Know About Blockchain in Higher Ed
    The higher education experience is different for every student and experts believe that blockchain could create a better way to track it. (EdTech Magazine)

  • How to write a first-class paper
    Six experts debate the importance and meaning of creativity and offer advice on producing a manuscript that will get published and pull in readers. (Nature)