Do all students learn in the same way and at the same pace? Nowadays, most students use smart mobile devices to support their learning process and videos are one of their favorite learning resources.Read More
In today’s digital age, a strong sense of community in the workplace is more important than ever. With this in mind, The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized the higher education institutions distinguished by their work environment.Read More
Despite their potential, young refugees are greatly disadvantaged in accessing university education: Only 1 percent of refugees attend university, compared to a global average of 34 percent. Today, Southern New Hampshire University is paving the way as one of the first American institutions to grant online degrees to students living in refugee camps.Read More
Despite being a leader institution on research into how students learn best, Carnegie Mellon University has largely failed to adopt its own findings. To find out why, anthropologist Lauren Herckis observed Carnegie Mellon University scholars for more than a year. Her conclusion was surprising: Teachers are too afraid of looking stupid in front of their students to try something new.Read More
While the idea of failure has become a badge of honor in the startup world, students still seem unable to cope with basic setbacks that come with college life. That is why more and more universities are engaging in programs that involve talking about what it means to fail.Read More
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.Read More
In an exclusive interview for the Observatory, Magdalena Merbilháa, historian, professor and Associate Director of the Research Group on Imaginative Education, 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.Read More
Harvard University revoked acceptance offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students posted “obscene memes” in a private Facebook group chat.Read More
A new study shows that learning styles, an influential and popular approach among educators, can oversimplify human cognition and provide wrong advice, with the danger of negative outcomes for learners.Read More
THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
The future of Storytelling: Interview with Bryan Alexander
Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are an important part of Storytelling in education. In an exclusive interview, futurist and educator Bryan Alexander, shares his expertise on the implementation of storytelling and the use of technological tools in the classroom.
These are the universities leading on AI research
Companies and governments are showing an increasing interest in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the industry is rapidly adapting to push the frontiers of AI. But no advancements can be made without the work of researchers and universities.
Wearable technologies for creating interesting learning experiences
Advances in wearable technology are making possible to use such devices to generate practical learning experiences for classes that are traditionally taught in a theoretical or explicatory manner. Providing enhanced mobility, wearables can turn into mobile laboratories.
Blackboard creates accessibility tool
Blackboard announced the release of its accessibility solution called Blackboard Ally, which focuses on making digital course content more accessible. The tool generates a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor's original content while providing teachers with guidance on how to improve the accessibility of their course materials.
Study provides guidelines for the use of educational data
As massive amounts of educational data can now be stored, parents and privacy advocates are raising concerns about the misuse of the information. Addressing this issue, a new report provides guidelines for the use of research data.
Math can be less intimidating with this website dedicated to combat innumeracy
Many students struggle with math and need extra support. Unfortunately, not all students can afford extra math help lessons. To tackle this problem, a new website called MathQED wants to assist any math student, from kindergarten to college.
WHAT WE ARE READING
Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools (The New York Times)
Why Technology is a Creative Subject, Not a Science (Getting Smart)
The Future of Work: Career Services in the Classroom (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers(The New York Times)
How do we know what learning will look like in the future? We don’t(The Hechinger Report)
Today, students use digital tools in every aspect of their lives, for communication, socialization, entertainment, organization and learning. Therefore, the design of effective digital spaces and tools has become extremely important in terms of pedagogy.Read More
Although there is a substantial body of research on the importance of teacher quality in elementary and secondary schools, relatively little is known about the impact of teaching quality on student performance in higher education. With this in mind, a group of researchers analyzed the impact of instructor effectiveness on student achievement in the higher education sector.Read More