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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
April 21, 2015
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Why We Need Learning Engineers
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Almost no one who is involved in creating learning materials or large-scale educational experiences relies on the evidence from learning science. We are missing a job category: Where are our talented, creative, user-­centric "learning engineers" — professionals who understand the research about learning, test it, and apply it to help more students learn more effectively? 
  • There are plenty of hard-working, well-meaning professionals out there, but most of them are essentially using their intuition and personal experience with learning rather than applying existing science and generating data to help more students and professors succeed.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/LearninEngineers

Keywords: Learning
9 Ways to Boost Your Chances of Promotion in Academia
The Times Higher Education
  • The academic business is a peculiar one, never more so than when it comes to seeking promotion. For people from the so-called real world, the process must seem like The Lord of the Rings: an epic quest, at glacial speeds, for uncertain ends. Those of us on the inside know that it is, if anything, even worse. 
  • But the key is “academic citizenship” – a set of fuzzy rights and responsibilities that are nowhere written down. And to make citizenship work for you, you need the pragmatic acceptance that universities are organisations like any other.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AcademicCitizenship

Keywords: Academia, Education, Career Advancement
Where Flipped Learning Research Is Going
Campus Technology
  • In general, research has shown that the flipped classroom model has a positive impact on student outcomes. Nevertheless, faculty members, provosts and centers for teaching and learning continue to try to quantify the impact of flipping, using traditional lecture classes as control groups.
  • Of course, setting up studies that compare traditional and flipped classroom settings can be challenging, and some research is more informal than statistically significant, controlled studies. There is still a lot to learn and a need for more evidence and detail on the many facets of a flip.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/FlippedLrnGoing

Keywords: Flipped Learning, Research
The New Tutor Dynasty
Macleans
  • It’s not piano lessons, dance classes, or even playdates; the biggest extracurricular activity after school nowadays is more school—or to be precise, going to a tutor. There has clearly been a shift in the stigma around tutoring. “Children used to get bullied for having a tutor,” says ulie Diamond, president of Toronto-based Teachers to Go. “Now it’s becoming the norm to have one.” 
  • Another reason for the uptick in business, says Susan Cumberland, who founded School is Easy Tutoring in Vancouver, is not only parental frustration, but their packed schedules. “A lot of parents just don’t have time to help their children with homework. Parents are busier than ever,” she says. “And the amount of homework given out doesn’t leave for much ‘fun’ time at home.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TheTutorDynasty

Keywords: Tutoring, Education
Blended Learning Research: The Seven Studies You Need to Know
Education Week
  • One of the biggest complaints about blended learning is that educators don't know if it really has a positive impact on student achievement, and if so, under what circumstances. 
  • But in the last few years, a handful of studies have come out concluding that some programs show at least modest gains using blended learning techniques and tools. Here are a few highlights from that body of research. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/7StudiesBlended

Keywords: Blended Learning, Research, Innovation
Pedagogical Knowledge: Three Worlds Apart
Faculty Focus
  • I often wonder if teaching and learning don’t continue to be devalued because they don’t rest on a well-known and widely accepted knowledge base. We have what we need to construct one, but we have knowledge worlds that are dispersed and largely unaware of one another. 
  • We know a lot about teaching and learning, but our knowledge is scattered across three separate domains: Educational research,Discipline-based pedagogy and Experiential knowledge. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/3WorldsApart

Keywords: Pedagogy, Pedagogical Knowledge, Teaching, Faculty Development
Disrupting Higher Education
Campus Technology
  • "Disruption" is one of the most overused buzzwords in education today and yet, most people don't really know what it means. There is this tendency to call any kind of technological advancement a 'disruptive innovation'. But obviously, it's not that simple.
  • According to education industry watcher, Michelle R. Weise, true disruptive innovations can be identified by six characteristics that might at first seem counterintuitive. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DisruptingHE

Keywords: Innovation, Higher Education
Blogs Aren’t Better Than Journal Assignments. They’re Just Different
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Although some instructors are phasing out journal-keeping assignments in favor of a class blog, a study has found that blogs are not inherently better instructional tools. “There are a lot of blog enthusiasts out there in the sort of faculty world who are really, really breathlessly lauding the positive benefits of assigning your students blogging," said Drew Foster in the paper “Private Journals Versus Public Blogs: The Impact of Peer Readership on Low-Stakes Reflective Writing.”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BlogsVsJournals

Keywords: Teaching, Research, Blogs
‘When is Cheryl’s birthday?’ The Math Problem that Stumped the Internet
The Washington Post
  • Are you smarter than a Singaporean high school student? Here’s one way to find out. A math problem intended for sophomores and juniors in Singapore has become the obsession of some portion of the Internet over the past few days. The students were asked to answer a seemingly simple question: “When is Cheryl’s birthday?”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CherylsBdayProblem

Keywords: Math, Science
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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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