TecPrize, a contest to reinvent Higher Education

As part of the entrepreneurship festival INCmty 2017, a challenge was set: to reinvent Higher Education and to create the future leaders of our complex future. TecPrize dares authors and creators to imagine a different future for Higher Education. The goal is to attract brilliant minds from different backgrounds to imagine how Higher Education will be in 2049, through a short film, a comic book, or a short story.
 

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“The main purpose of education should be to help people develop fully in society”

In an interview for the Observatory, Xavier Aragay, Director of Reimagine Education Lab, addresses the challenges and obstacles education faces today and the 21 keys to transform education. Asked about leadership, he said “the 20th-century paradigm is that a great leader is the one that makes the change, and this is impossible in the 21st century. Today we need a distributed leadership.”

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Using AI to predict learning outcomes

One essential need for almost every teacher at the beginning of the course is to get to know their students as soon as possible in order to channel pedagogical strategies that will lead to better learning. To address this challenge, Tecnológico de Monterrey professors developed a predictive model based on machine learning that, with the help of artificial intelligence, predicts students’ grades for homework, quizzes, and even partial evaluations.

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Blended learning: the future of higher education?

In the last decades, colleges and universities have been threatened by the rise of the Internet and the new delivery methods that have emerged since then. But a growing number of colleges and universities are adopting hybrid learning models that combine brick-and-mortar teaching with online instruction, creating flexible and timely educational models. 

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How to boost educational outcomes?

In another example of how data science is changing the face of education research, McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, has released this year a series of reports on education around the world. Through advanced analytics and machine learning, a group of experts studied the results of the PISA 2015 test and found which variables were most strongly associated with good test performance. 

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Education, skills and employability in 2030

Nowadays it is almost impossible to talk about college education without also addressing the issue of employability. In this context and to tackle the threat of automation and the skills gap, Pearson has published the report The Future of Skills. Employment in 2030, a publication that identifies the skills and competencies that professionals will need to remain relevant in the —not so distant— future.

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New study highlights the benefits and challenges of education technology

The advances in education technology offer the potential to expand the access to quality education, facilitate communication, and bring opportunities to more people, but they also pose challenges because the speed and scale with which ed-tech innovations are being implemented may aggravate existing inequalities.

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Millennials still prefer pen and paper for learning

A new study found that 96% of parents think that paper is essential to their kids’ learning and that their children do well on homework when they write it down by hand. The report also lists some of the benefits of reading on paper, arguing that it allows you to better concentrate on the material, which improves how well you remember and recollect it".

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Top 1,000 universities in the world

The Times Higher Education announced today the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. Two UK universities lead the ranking for the first time in its history, with Oxford holding on to the number one spot for the second year in a row and Cambridge rising to the second place. 

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Humanizing distance education

Personalized and immediate attention is an area of opportunity that many education-oriented technology institutions and companies have begun to explore. The Project “Avatar Professor”, a telepresence model developed at Tecnológico de Monterrey, offers the experience of having a professor in holographic form in the classroom, providing virtual mobility from anywhere in the world with real-time, personalized interaction with students, delivering a social presence in the classroom. 

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