Report suggests that MOOCs might get similar learning outcomes as on-campus courses

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. 

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"Humanities must be a fundamental part of universities"

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.

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The future of Storytelling

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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.
 

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New Study Analyzes the Impact of Effective Teaching in Higher Education

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. 

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Instant learning

Today, higher education is facing the challenge of a globalized environment and a growing need to innovate in teaching-learning processes in order to produce the professionals demanded by the changing world of work. In the future, a new way of producing significant experiences for students will be through instant learning, also known as “ultrafast cognition”. But, how does it works?

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University Classes Should Start at 11am or Later to Improve Learning

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University Classes Should Start at 11am or Later to Improve Learning
At many universities classes start at early morning, without regard to optimal functioning times for students with different chronotypes. But a new study indicates that starting classes at 11am or later benefits the greatest number of students. 

Encouraging Students to Get Everything Right Is the Wrong Approach
Now more than ever, educators are aware that accepting failure can help students inside and outside the classroom. But with tests season upon us, the word “failure” seems to have no place in the classroom.

Now You Can Learn a Language While You Wait For WiFi
There are numerous moments in a day that are typically wasted due to waitin: waiting for the elevator to arrive, WiFi to connect, or an instant message to arrive. With that in mind, researchers from MIT's CSAIL have developed a series of apps that opens up new possibilities for micro-learning.

New York Will Offer Free Tuition (with some restrictions)
In a historic move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a deal that will make tuition free at CUNY and SUNY for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. The governor's office estimates that nearly 940,000 families in New York State will be eligible for free public college tuition when the plan is fully phased in. The program called "The Excelsior Scholarship" has been hailed as a breakthrough and a model for other states, but some additions to the plan are alarming experts.

Challenging Experiences Through Technological Replication
Is it possible to carry out educational projects based on technological replication? The answer to this question is definitely, yes, it is possible. You can challenge students with an existing technological development where they can understand how it works.
 

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