With the goal of providing flexibility and reduce stress, MIT allowed students to complete an edX version of its Circuits and Electronics class. An analysis of course data found that the online class was not harder or easier than the on-campus one, and student performance was similar in both versions.
The Competency-Based Education Network announced that it is opening its membership to all in higher education who are committed to working collaboratively to advance the design and build of high-quality competency-based education.
U.S. President Donald Trump took an important step toward addressing the skills gap, signing the executive order ‘Expanding Apprenticeships in America’ in order to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs.
A digital tool created by the University of Michigan will use machine learning to score a student’s writing submissions. The goal is to ease the workload of teachers, who often have to asses hundreds of essays.
Curriki, an online platform of K–12 open educational resources (OER), has opened a call for Spanish-language educators to publish their best Spanish-language teaching materials on their education content library.
A group of managers of Facebook groups that are listed as a class reported to have recently noticed a few updates in their group pages. The feature is an “Add a course unit” option where they can upload courses and also track student progress.
In an exclusive interview for the Observatory, Magdalena Merbilháa talks about the role of the humanities in the future of education, the new role of teachers in the 21st century, and about the model of imaginative education, which emphasizes the importance of the emotions in learning.