The future of Storytelling


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.


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


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.


Celebrating teaching excellence

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Stand out from the crowd - demonstrate your commitment to teaching excellence: Global Teaching Excellence Award

Times Higher Education

  • The Higher Education Academy and Times Higher Education launch Global Teaching Excellence Award, an independent peer review and benchmarking of institutional strategies for teaching and learning, and the impact they have on students’ outcomes.


Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; but they should be planning Education 3.0

User Generated Education

  • Although many would deny this, most schools are still living within and functioning through an Education 1.0 model. The pieces of an Education 3.0 are literally freely available for the taking, why aren’t those involved in the planning and implementing of schools integrating these ideas, tools and strategies into their systems? The time for planning for Education 3.0 was actual yesterday, but doing it now is okay, too.


College students are not asking the big questions


  • Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions & take more risks. In this TED Talk, Coleman emphasize the importance of a cross-disciplinary, hands-on learning.


College transformed: Meet the five institutions leading the charge in innovation

The Clayton Christensen Institute

  • To date, higher education has been on a continuous trajectory of optimizing for institutional prestige. But as more companies move away from GPA minimums and degree requirements, these transformations suggest a crack in the foundation of prestige. A new paper titled College transformed: Five institutions leading the charge in innovation, highlights five case studies of colleges who are innovating against the interlocking challenges facing higher education: affordability, access, business model issues, and the shifting demands of the workforce.


Listening: A forgotten 21st-century skill

Getting Smart

  • Of the career readiness skills companies demand, listening has been identified as one of the top skills employers seek. Although most of us spend the majority of our day listening, it is the communication activity that receives the least instruction in school. Many students don’t listen to each other simply because no one has shown them how. Teachers need to prepare students to actively listen and engage in conversations.


Combating fake news and increasing students' media literacy by writing for Wikipedia


  • "Wikipedia has been dealing with fake news since it started 16 years ago," says LiAnna Davis, deputy director of the Wiki Education Foundation. To combat misinformation, Wikipedia has developed a robust corps of volunteer editors. And now, the Wiki Education Foundation is sharing Wikipedia's methods with a growing number of college students and giving professors the technical assistance they need to assist students, in an attempt to increase students' digital literacy.


All learning takes place in the brain

The Learning Scientists

  • Any time we learn, our brains change. We know from behavioral studies that sleep enhances the learning that takes place during waking hours. Cindy Wooldridge shares some background information about how learning happens in the brain and examines the neuroscience behind how sleep may enhance learning.


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