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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
February 3rd, 2015
Contact us observatorio@itesm.mx
Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute, unscripted critique for each student. 
  • Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/VideoFeedbck

Keywords: Teaching
What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’?
MindShift
  • Personalization is often used to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace. The only choice a student gets is what box to check on the screen and how quickly to move through the exercises. For many educators that’s not the true meaning of “personalized learning.”
  • We often say we want creativity and innovation – personalization – but every mechanism we use to measure it is through control and compliance. A real personalized environment gives students the freedom to follow a meaningful line of inquiry, synthesize and analyze information into original productions.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/WhatPEmeans

Keywords: Personalized education, Personalized learning, EdTech
Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour
Edutopia
  • Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about!
  • Since it's not often possible for teachers to sacrifice an entire day of schooling, the idea has been reinterpreted in many schools as a "Genius Hour," where students get one hour per day or week to focus on a project of their choice. The practice combines well with classroom pedagogies such as project-based learning and inquiry-based learning.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GeniusHourPBL

Keywords: Project-based learning, Inquiry-based learning, PBL
The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The Carnegie Unit, more commonly called the credit hour, has been around for more than a century and it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon because, despite its flaws, the Carnegie Unit remains the best option for a common language in education. 
  • That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The report examines the role of the Carnegie Unit in an ever-evolving world of education. 
  • Critics of the Carnegie Unit have argued that it is a poor indication of how much students have learned. But the report says that "It was never intended to be a measure of the quality of learning." 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CarnegieUnit

Keywords: Credit hour, Carnegie Unit, Higher Education
How to Help Students Improve Their Note-Taking Skills
Faculty Focus
  • Students love it when teachers provide class notes—the more complete the set, the better. Students want the teacher’s notes online because it’s convenient, they’re readable and well organized. That way, even if they don’t understand, they can memorize what the teacher said and find it on the test. But that’s not learning.
  • So this revisit is a recommendation that instead of giving students class notes, teachers ought to help students develop note-taking skills and motivate them to take notes by showing them the value of a good set of notes.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TkingNotes

Keywords: Teaching, Learning
Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape
The Atlantic
  • Will higher education go the way of music albums and cable TV? Is it inevitable that the Internet will break apart degrees and colleges? Economists predict that colleges will soon become "unbundled" by the Internet.
  • Fortunately, they are wrong. It’s a fantasy that higher education is careening toward an unbundled future of consumer choice, lower prices, and efficiency. Those making such predictions just don’t understand the economics of higher education.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/HigherEdMixtape

Keywords: Higher Education, Future of Higher Ed
$50 Million For Naming Rights To New York's Mega Tech Campus
Forbes
  • Cornell University’s developing tech campus in New York City just got a major cash injection. The investment, which comes from Verizon, gives the company the right to name one of the buildings within the campus.
  • Cornell’s new tech campus, developed in conjunction with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, began construction last month and is slated for completion in 2017. The overall campus will be 2 million square feet, have 2.5 acres of new green space housing for 2,000 students, 280 faculty, it is providing some 20,000 construction jobs and will ultimately offer 8,000 permanent jobs to the area. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CornellTechCampus

Keywords: Cornell University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Technology
With Academia Moving in a Digital Direction, Sustained Investment in Media Training Would Benefit All
The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • The dilemma facing many universities today is that distributed, external communication involves risk, but having a limited presence means the scholarly community is vulnerable to complete disregard. 
  • Putting your head in the sand and not taking part in external media opportunities is also a risky proposition. You leave so many opportunities and benefits on the table. Academia is increasingly moving in a digital direction. Having no presence at all leaves you vulnerable.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DigitalAcademia

Keywords: Academic communication, Higher Education, Digital media
Why I Think Students Should Cheat
Wired
  • The benefits of cheating are obvious – improved grades in an environment where failure is not an opportunity for learning, but rather a badge of shame. 
  • It’s important to bear in mind that students prepare for tests with the intention that they will retain the material just long enough to take the test and then forget most of what they learned soon afterwards. This completely undermines the purpose and value of testing.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Allowedtocheat

Keywords: Opinion, Learning
The Business of Fake Diplomas
Priceconomics
  • With a four-year college degree generally averaging around $80,000, a diploma is the most expensive piece of paper most people ever earn. Though it’s just a flimsy sliver of dead tree embossed with a stamp and signed by the lords of higher education, it’s also a symbol of the hard work that went into being admitted.
  • Unless, of course, you purchase your certificate from one of the dozens of websites offering fake diplomas for as little as $400. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which regulates the legitimacy of degrees in the United States, estimates that 100,000 fake degrees and diplomas are sold every year.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FakeDiplomas

Keywords: Higher Education, College degree
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: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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