November 10, 2015

The Virtual Reality Renaissance: How Learning in VR Will Inspire Action Like Never Before

Singularity HUB

  • In order to push the world in the right direction, we need to provide the education that will give people the tools to create new solutions, and we need to create a global collaboration infrastructure.
  • We need a generation of highly skilled innovators, entrepreneurs and thinkers to band and work together. In order to do this, these people will have to be highly educated. And virtual reality has the power to reshape how we learn.
  • In the virtual classrooms of the future, the path from inspiration to education to creation won’t happen over the course of years. It can happen in the span of an hour. Lessons will rely far less on memorization and rather on inspiring students with challenges and allowing them to craft solutions.
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Keywords: learning, virtual reality, education, innovation

The Un-College That's Training $100,000 App Developers


  • Google has just partnered with General Assembly to offer a series of short, noncredit courses for people who want to learn how to build applications for Android in just 12 weeks from novice to employable.
  • This is just one of a slew of big announcements this fall coming out of a peculiar, fast-growing corner of the higher education world: the coder bootcamp.
  • Bootcamps are designed to teach cutting-edge technical skills. Charging between $10,000 and $20,000 for tuition, with no previous experience required, in the course of just three to six months they promise to make participants highly employable in a lucrative and fast-growing industry.
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Keywords: bootcamps, technical skills, employment

Government Is Disrupting Coding Bootcamps


  • The U.S. Department of Education recently announced EQUIP, a new pilot program allowing federal student loans to be accessible to students attending coding bootcamps.
  • This year about 70 bootcamps will graduate 16,000 students. Unaccredited, 3-10x faster and far less expensive than college, these programs promise (and mostly deliver) stable, junior programming jobs.
  • Bootcamps have happily co-opted the language of traditional schools. There’s admissions, graduation, alumni services, career counsellors and job fairs. But when it comes to a standard definition for graduation bootcamps stumble, claiming job placement is the only meaningful metric.
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Keywords: higher education, bootcamps, employment

Y Combinator, the X Factor of tech

The Economist

  • In 2008 three young men applied to Y Combinator (YC), a school for startups, looking for help with their tiny firm, AirBed & Breakfast. Today, Airbnb is one of the most talked-about startups, valued at $25.5 billion.
  • Graduating from YC is a priceless asset in the tech industry. For its spring 2015 batch YC received more than 6,700 applications and accepted around 1.6% of them. In contrast, Harvard’s admissions rate was 5.3%.
  • Today fast-growing startups are celebrated as the centres of innovation and influence in technology. By providing training and producing a group of successful alumni, YC has helped popularise the idea that startups are a viable career.
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Keywords: Silicon Valley, startups, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship 

MIT Picks Hong Kong for Its First Innovation Center

The World Street Journal

  • Hong Kong has been picked by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the place for its first innovation initiative in the world.
  • The program, to be launched next summer, will include accelerator-style workshops where MIT and local innovators will collaborate to strengthen business plans by gaining early production experience.
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Keywords: innovation, business, asia, MIT

Amazon Offers Up Research Money for ‘Crazy’ Ideas That Just Might Work

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Amazon plans to give money to University of Washington faculty members, students, or anybody on a campus who has a "bold, risky" idea for making the world a better place.
  • The new grant program takes aim at ugly-duckling research projects that have a big upside but are too nascent or implausible to win the attentions of federal grantmakers or venture capitalists.
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Keywords: research, science, grants, innovation

Teachers — and Yale's president — become the students during Faculty Bulldog Days

Yale News

  • During Faculty Bulldog Days, it’s the teachers’ turn to learn. They attend classes, complete required reading, and participate in discussions. Even Yale's President, Peter Salovey, took the opportunity to become a student for a day.
  • “The idea is to make teaching a community property on campus, to make the innovative teaching that happens in our classrooms part of the campus dialog,” said Scott Strobel, deputy provost for teaching and learning.
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Keywords: learning, higher education, faculty, Yale

Brandman University’s MyPath App Offers Competency-Based Degree

Education News

  • Online app MyPath, offered through Brandman University is allowing students to earn a competency-based Bachelor in Business Administration degree at a low cost.
  • For $2,700, students can earn as many credits as they can within six months. This means that students completing their program in two and a half years pay $13,500 for the entire bachelor’s degree.
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Keywords: competency-based education, cbe, higher education, apps

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Harvard Business Review

  • Why do companies struggle to become or remain “learning organizations”? Through research conducted over the past decade, we have drawn this conclusion: Biases cause people to focus too much on success, take action too quickly, try too hard to fit in, and depend too much on experts.
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Keywords: organizational culture

Teaching and Learning: 2015 in Retrospect, 2016 in Prospect (Dec 7)

Conferences and Events
RE WORK - Connect Summit: Shaping a Hyperconnected World (Nov 12-13)
Miami Device 2015 (Nov 12 - 13)
Global Education Conference 2015 (Nov 16-19)
The 12th Annaul Open Education Conference 2015 (Nov 18-20)
2015 International Conference Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education (Nov 19-21)
LearnNow Game Design (Nov 19-20)
OEB - Shaping the Future of Learning (Dec 2-4)

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