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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
March 10, 2015
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Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official
The New York Times
  • Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened? The failure of MOOCs to disrupt higher education has nothing to do with the quality of the courses themselves. What they don’t offer are official college degrees, the kind that can get you a job. And that, it turns out, is mostly what college students are paying for.
  • Free online courses won’t revolutionize education until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs. When that happens, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.
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Keywords: Higher Ed, Online education, MOOCs
Credentialing in Higher Education: Current Challenges and Innovative Trends
Educause Review
  • For many students, the credential is the coin of the realm. After completing a two-year or four-year program —whether brick and mortar, online, or hybrid—students leave with a credential. It's their currency for accessing opportunities as a function of the educational investment that they've made.
  • Colleges and universities are the beneficiaries of this growing credential society because they are the gatekeepers of many of those credentials. But higher education must find ways to credential better using the transformative technology we now have available.
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Keywords: Higher Ed, Credentialing
Just How High Can College Tuition Go?
The Washington Post
  • This is the time of year when private colleges are setting their tuition levels for next year. And at most colleges the question that emerges every year is what’s the breaking point? How high can we go with tuition until it’s just too much?
  • But the annual exercise in setting tuition is not an exact science. It’s about a college’s position in the marketplace. No campus wants to be an outlier among its competitors and the ranks of the most expensive colleges continues to swell: 57 colleges are charging $60,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board for 2014-15.  
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Keywords: Higher Ed, Tuition
The Man Who Snuck Into the Ivy League Without Paying a Thing
The Atlantic
  • Guillaume Dumas attended classes, made friends, and networked on some of America's most prestigious campuses for free: unenrolled and undetected. What does this say about the value of a diploma?
  • From this vantage point, a diploma starts to look a lot like a receipt printed on fine cardstock. It is proof not that one has learned something in college, but that one has paid for it.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/IvyLeagueForFree

Keywords: Higher Education
Embracing Failure to Spur Success: A New Collaborative Innovation Model
Educause Review
  • Failure is happening every day in our labs and classrooms and is essential to the learning and discovery process in both settings. But we tend to shun it in academic administration. When we don't succeed, we are inclined to keep that information to ourselves.
  • This is not the way to foster innovation and improvement in higher education. The best innovators in the world know that successful innovation requires experimentation and learning from failure. 
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Keywords: Innovation
British Universities' Best Ideas Revealed
The Telegraph
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified seven of the most promising inventors based in UK universities and is supporting them to turn their research into spin-out companies. The technologies include a wireless device that uses detailed 3D movements in your fingertips to interact with a computer, ‘smart’ glasses to help the blind and partially sighted, and smart materials based on ‘photocatalysts’. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BestIdeasBritishU

Keywords: Research, Science
The Mind of a Teacher and the Body of a Machine: One School’s Experience With a Telepresence Robot
The Hechinger Report
  • At the Nexus Academy of Columbus, students can choose either morning or afternoon sessions offered four days a week, and are required to do at least 12 hours of schoolwork off campus. The 120 students and 10 in-person staff report to the school building a few days a week at required times to work together. Another 50 teachers are online-only teachers who instruct a variety of classes.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TelepTeacherRobot

Keywords: Telepresence, Technology
1 School in 7 Loses 'Critical Data' Forever
Campus Technology
  • Compared to other kinds of organizations, educational institutions are the least prepared for disaster recovery. Only a quarter consider themselves "very prepared" to recover from a disaster or incident. In fact, educational institutions fared far worse than other types when they experienced a disaster.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DataLosing

Keywords: Data, Technology, Security
What Will It Take to Close the Adult Digital Literacy Gap?
EdSurge
  • As new technology continues to emerge and evolve, the need for digital literacy in the American workforce becomes increasingly important. Almost 8 in 10 middle-skill jobs now require basic digital literacy skills. These jobs represent 39% of the overall U.S. job market, and can often serve as a vehicle for upward economic mobility.
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Keywords: Digital Literacy, Job Market, Skills, Competencies
What Educators Can Learn From House of Cards
EdSurge
  • In 2011, Netflix made a reported $100 million bet and bought 2 full seasons of House of Cards, sight unseen. While Netflix executives hadn’t seen the show, what they had seen was data. Tons of data. Data from 29 million customers about what they wanted to watch.
  • With stories like this, it’s no wonder that Harvard Business Review is calling “data scientist” the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” And education is the most promising industry for current and future analysts and data scientists. 
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Keywords: Data in education
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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