Innovation Comes From Educated, Hard-Working Immigrants—Not Genius Dropouts

March 1, 2016

Innovation Comes From Educated, Hard-Working Immigrants—Not Genius Dropouts


  • Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) surveyed 923 tech innovators in the United States. Did it find most US innovators to be brilliant college dropouts? Quite the opposite.
  • Most innovators are highly educated; 80% had at least one advanced degree, and 55% had a PhD in a STEM subject. What’s more: the median age was 47 and more than a third of those surveyed were born outside the US.
Read more:

Keywords: innovation, higher education, graduate education, reports

The Death of “Online” Learning in Higher Ed

University Business

  • Online learning has expanded dramatically over the past two decades. Yet by 2025, the phrase “online learning” could disappear from the common vernacular. How could such a good thing die so young? Two words: ubiquity and integration.
  • Numerous studies have found that learning outcomes in an online environment are the same, if not better, than classroom-based learning outcomes. The question is no longer how online education compares to face-to-face learning, the delivery mode is now irrelevant.
Read more:

Keywords: online education, ubiquitous learning

LinkedIn And The Golden Age Of American Education


  • The skill gap between what our education systems produce and what employers demand is a data problem. Real-time data on the actual skills of job seekers doesn’t exist. But LinkedIn assured it's already creating such a marketplace for the 40 million users on its platform.
  • In the not too distant future LinkedIn will have a “profile for every member of the global workforce, a profile for every company in the world,” and a “digital representation of every job and every skill required to obtained those jobs offered through those companies.”
Read more:

Keywords: skill gap, competencies, data

Philip Knight of Nike to Give $400 Million to Stanford Scholars

The New Tork Times

  • Philip H. Knight, the co-founder and chairman of Nike Inc., had pledged to give Stanford University $400 million to recruit graduate students around the globe. With this gift, the new Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program has raised $750 million, making it one of the largest fully funded scholarship endowments in the world.
Read more:

Keywords: higher ducation, scholarhips, donations

MBA Rankings: The Best Global Online MBA Degrees Of 2016

Business Because

  • The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2016 placed Warwick Business School of the UK, Spain’s IE Business School and Alliance Manchester Business School, in first, second and third places respectively. In total 30 online MBAs have been ranked — the largest ever report undertaken by higher and business education analysts QS.
Read more:

Keywords: rankings, online education, MBA

3 Ways Higher Ed Can Avoid the Fate of Polaroid

Inside Higher Ed

  • The idea that Polaroid missed the digital camera revolution is wrong. Polaroid invested heavily in developing digital imaging technologies. The problem was that the company never shifted its business strategy from physical film to digital. Higher ed needs to understand that investing in technology is not a substitute for evolving the culture. We need to put that educator / learner relationship at the center of all of our efforts - and then figure out how technology can support this strategy.
Read more:

Keywords: higher education, innovation

Sony Advocates Blockchain Technology to Streamline Education

Education News

  • Sony Global Education, Inc. has announced plans to adapt Blockchain technology to the educational field, as well as to develop technology that will allow for the open and secure sharing of academic proficiency and progress records. According to Sony, the technology could become a central system for candidates and their test results, acting as a universal ID or an official version of resume sites such as LinkedIn.
Read more:

Keywords: blockchain technology, edtech, education technology

What Is Virtual Reality's Role in Education? An Interview with Nearpod Cofounder Felipe Sommer


  • Nearpod launched virtual reality lessons. Their platform is the first publicly available virtual reality (VR) tool for schools. It could be an academic revolution, but are teachers ready for it? As teachers journey into uncharted territory, who will direct them with professional development? Virtual reality has received a great deal of press lately, but how will it function in the classroom?
Read more:

Keywords: virtual reality, edtech, education technology, professional development

Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life

The New York Times

  • Our data-driven culture bears much of the blame for the decline of the humanities in higher education. But at a time when the price of a degree from elite institutions is well over six figures, fields such as literature and the arts may seem like a luxury item. But we may have it backwards.
Read more:

Keywords: humanities, arts, literature, higher education

Virtual Tools in the Classroom (Mar 1)
Using Formative Assessment to Influence Planning, Guide Teaching, and Support Student Learning (Mar 3)
10 Educational Apps New Teachers Need Now (Mar 8)
Go Digital With Formative Assessment & Critical Thinking (Mar 8)

SXSWedu (Mar 7-10)
IEEE Virtual Reality 2016 (Mar 19-23)
SITE 2016 - Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (Mar 21-25)
All events...

Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2016.

Observatory of Educational Innovation

Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation: We identify and analyze the educational innovation trends that are shaping the future of learning and education. 

Tecnológico de Monterrey | Av Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey, NL, México