This week's must-read stories
By Karina Fuerte
Top universities in emerging economies 2018
Every year, the Times Higher Education unveils its University Rankings of BRICS nations and emerging economies. This year, Chinese universities excel, and a couple of Latin American institutions occupy distinguished ranks. Analysts estimate that it is possible that China’s improvement is the result of its Double First Class University Project, which started in 2015.
Carnegie Mellon launches first bachelors degree in AI
The growing demand for specialists in this field of study prompted Carnegie Mellon to develop a comprehensive program of Artificial Intelligence. The program also emphasizes social responsibility and the ethics of using AI with courses dedicated to exploring applications of this technology in education, transportation, and health.
Innovative Approaches to Teaching Industrial Design
A series of surveys administered to students, graduates and faculty from Industrial Design programs revealed the need to integrate effective,innovative learning approaches to achieving efficient sustainable development teaching. These ideas can be implemented from higher education to contribute to sustainability.
What is the critical age for learning a language? MIT study offers an answer
A recent study carried out by researchers at MIT suggests that anyone can learn a language with great aptitude until the age of 18 years old, but speak it in a native way only until 10. MIT specialists published all of their results so that other researchers can analyze it from different angles and with other purposes.
Tour Creator, Google's educational tool for creating virtual experiences
Google launched a tool for teachers and students to start developing educational content in virtual reality (VR). Tour Creator allows teachers and students to easily generate instructive experiences in virtual reality.
What we are reading
His College Knew of His Despair. His Parents Didn’t, Until It Was Too Late.
Every year, parents send their children to college, trusting that they will be well, or that word will come if they are not. There are growing questions about when educators should, in fact, call home. (The New York Times)
With MIT launched, Learning Machine raises seed to replace paper with blockchain credentials
The startup Learning Machine announced a $3 million seed fundraise to migrate transcripts and diplomas into the digital era by placing them on the blockchain. (TechCrunch)
Are You in a BS Job? In Academe, You’re Hardly Alone
David Graeber argues that nowadays in most universities academic staff find themselves spending less and less time in activities that have social value and more time in administrative tasks. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Scholars Have Data on Millions of Facebook Users. Who’s Guarding It?
“As a researcher you get immediate access to people’s behavior, attitudes, feelings and relationships, which are of course tempting for all” (The New York Times)
Google’s got our kids
Joanna Petrone discusses that Google has saturated classrooms with free software that teach kids, among other things, to trust companies like Google. (The Outline)
Memory transferred between snails, challenging standard theory of how the brain remembers
The finding hints at the potential for new RNA-based treatments to one day restore lost memories and, if correct, could shake up the field of memory and learning. (STAT)
The CEO of IDEO explains how your “creative capacity” is the key to surviving automation
This is the upside to automation that no one talks about: It has the potential to make the future of work more creative. (Quartz)