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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
March 17, 2015
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Literature Teacher Wins $1 Million Award, Donates It All To Improve Education Methods
The Huffington Post
  • An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature.
  • Nancie Atwell was selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants from 127 countries. The teacher plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which was created for the purpose of developing and disseminating teaching methods. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeacherPrize

Keywords: Education, Teaching, Global Teacher Prize 
Higher Education Isn’t In Crisis
The Washington Post
  • Let’s be clear. Higher education is not in crisis. It's in motion, and it always has been. Higher education evolves as knowledge expands, societies change and new technologies are introduced. This does not mean that we should relax: There should be no comfort taken in maintaining the status quo.
  • As our universities and colleges undergo an intense period of evolution we should be asking ourselves questions, the right questions: Is higher education evolving in the right way? Will it continue to be able to meet the needs of students and their families?
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NotinCrisis

Keywords: Higher Education
Adaptive Learning: The Real Revolution in Online Learning
Eduventures
  • A  few years ago, while Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others were introducing MOOCs, a small group of researchers and data scientists at Carnegie Mellon University were quietly focused on something that may prove to be far more revolutionary: understanding the intersection of online pedagogy, educational technology, and rapid advances in the learning sciences.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RealRevAdap

Keywords: Adaptive Learning
The Inverse MOOC
Inside Higher Ed
  • The primary function of most MOOCs today is the dissemination of knowledge to the world. What would it look like if the opposite were true? What if MOOCs convened communities and individuals to focus on co-creation rather than dissemination?
  • Davidson College partnered with Middlebury College and OpenIDEO to pilot an “Inverse MOOC,” where the MOOC is flipped from a content delivery platform to a community of inquiry.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/InverseMooc

Keywords: MOOC, Learning, Community
Rhode Island’s Lively Experiment With Blended Learning
The Hechinger Report
  • Village Green Virtual, is a public charter school in Rhode Island opened in 2013 with a mission to “personalize instruction” for every student. Each student’s needs are being met. If they need more time, they can get it. If they have an aptitude for a topic, they can go faster.
  • "We’ve found that teachers are critical, and, in fact, we need more of them than we originally thought. This kind of virtual school is not an effective personnel-reduction strategy.” said Robert Pilkington, Village Green Virtual school founder.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BlendedLrningExp

Keywords: Blended Learning, K12
The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • I could not compete with Facebook and YouTube, and I was tired of trying. The next semester I told students they would have to take notes on paper. Period.
  • A year after banning students from taking notes on laptops, a professor reports on the results.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/NoTechNotes

Keywords: Teaching, Tips, Advice
Gates Foundation Fine-Tunes Its Focus in Higher-Education Policy
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has decided to narrow its focus to just a few specific areas that it thinks are most likely to make colleges more “flexible, personalized, affordable, and clear.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/GatesHigherEdPolicy

Keywords: Higher Education, Administration
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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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