THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
MIT launches lab to help learners in the developing world
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a new laboratory to help educators, universities, governments, and companies, revolutionize the effectiveness and reach of education, through innovation. The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) aims “to help prepare people everywhere for a labor market radically altered by technological progress, globalization, and the pursuit of higher living standards around the world.”
Teachers fail to innovate due to “fear of looking stupid”
Despite being a leader institution on research into how students learn best, Carnegie Mellon University has largely failed to adopt its own findings. To find out why, anthropologist Lauren Herckis observed Carnegie Mellon University scholars for more than a year. Her conclusion was surprising: Teachers are too afraid of looking stupid in front of their students to try something new.
Coventry University partners with FutureLearn to offer 50 online degrees
Coventry University, from England, and FutureLearn, one of the largest MOOC platform in the world, will offer 50 online degrees over 5 years, focusing on postgraduate programs. The first master’s degrees will be available in early 2018 and will include programs in the areas of business, law, health, and life sciences.
Report warns that university email addresses are at risk
Digital Citizens Alliance releases a new report that shows that .edu email addresses are very prone to cyber theft. The researchers found around 14 million e-mails and passwords belonging to faculty and students on the Dark Web.
What teachers say they need to use technology effectively
A new report released by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow focuses on the readiness of teachers to use digital tools to transform teaching and learning and explores what teachers say they need to use technology effectively.
Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative has an ambitious plan to push personalized learning
The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative will be investing "hundreds of millions of dollars a year" in personalized learning with the aim to expand the efforts to provide every student with a customized education.
WHAT WE ARE READING
- A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills, not a college degree (The New York Times)
- Liberal arts majors are the future of the tech industry (Harvard Business Review)
- Does redesigning classrooms make a difference to students? (Paywall) (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- How Silicon Valley pushed coding into American classrooms (The New York Times)
- A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education (Quartz)