This week's must-read stories
By Karina Fuerte
Education must respond to the demands of the labor market, according to Pearson
Demand Driven Education, a new report by Pearson, states interpersonal and complex thinking skills (critical thinking, logic and creativity) need to be measured and continuously learned depending on the demands of the jobs.
Stanford launch Center for Blockchain Research
Stanford University has founded the Center for Blockchain Research, a initiative that aims to address blockchain’s challenges and opportunities. The center will bring university scientists and industry leaders together to develop research and best practices for this potentially transformative field.
Indiana University Bloomington receives $1 million grant to establish a Humanities research lab
The grant will be used to create Platform, a collaborative research laboratory dedicated to contemporary arts and humanities with the aim to open up new professional pathways for students and highlight the many career choices available to individuals with degrees in the arts and humanities.
Characteristics of an online college student
According to recent studies, higher education enrollment is declining, although online courses are on the rise. In this regard, a survey revealed that online students seem to have different preferences, needs, and requirements. Online college students focus on their career, seek specific credentials, and value the time and cost of courses.
Talent and effort: girls in science
Motivating girls from an early age to know the meaning of "doing science" is key to the development of new research. This means that teachers and researchers in these disciplines must make a major effort in the search for funding for projects with this aim.
It is critical to assess teacher stress and burnout
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri assessed the way in which teachers deal with adversity and how this affects the performance of students. The study reveals that teacher inefficacy and burnout is the result of excessive demands, insufficient resources and lack of training.
VR could improve the effectiveness of educational content
According to a study by researchers from the University of Maryland, people remember much more information on virtual environments than on computer screens. This finding could boost the development of educational content in virtual reality.
What we are reading
Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?
Speculation on the value of blockchain is rife. How can companies determine if there is strategic value in blockchain that justifies major investments? (McKinsey & Company)
If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?
Being strategic is the most important leadership behavior for most leaders. Yet in a study, 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked the time for strategic thinking. (Harvard Business Review)
Universities in a World in Rapid Transformation
No more ivory towers. The 21st century requires universities to get closer to society and strengthen their relations with different social groups. (Inside Higher Ed)
Rebuilding Germany’s centuries-old vocational program
“Germany has shown that they can prepare people for a range of jobs today [...] What they haven’t shown is that they are preparing people who are as adaptable when the economy changes.” (MIT Technology Review)
How to build a scientific society’s international student body
As a critical and large part of the scientific community, early career researchers should be supported by scientific societies through student-led committees. (Times Higher Education)
Liberal arts and the workforce
“Technology reinvents itself every 18 months [...] If you’re a lifelong learner, you can learn and understand what goes on in the world.” (New Hampshire Business Review)
Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so
A rising number of journals —around 400,000— that claim to review submissions do not bother to do so. This seems to be leading some academics to inflate their publication lists with papers that might not pass such scrutiny. (The Economist)