7 Future Roles for Educators

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Report: 7 Future Roles for Educators
THE Journal
  • KnowledgeWorks has released a new report, "Exploring the Education Workforce: New Roles for an Expanding Learning Ecosystem," that aims to explore how educator roles may shift over the coming decade. 
  • The accelerating technological change, increasing personalization, greater diversity of educational models and the proliferation of sophisticated data systems are examples of trends that will lead to more diverse roles for educators.
  • The report offers seven examples of the future roles for educators to "help education stakeholders imagine what kinds of educator roles might contribute to flexible and rigorous learning ecosystems that enable both learners and the adults supporting them to thrive." These are: The Learning Pathway Designer, Competency Trackers, Pop-up Reality Producers, Social Innovation Portfolio Directors, Learning Naturalist, Micro-Credentialing Analysts, and the Data Steward. 
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Keywords: educators, future of education, professional development
Minecraft: Striking Gold in the Classroom?
Times Higher Education
  • In lists of the next big higher education technology trends, Minecraft may not figure too highly. But that could be about to change, with a series of projects at the University of Hull demonstrating the pedagogical potential of the world-building computer game.
  • Joel Mills, Hull’s technology enhanced learning adviser, likened deploying Minecraft in higher education to feeding children “chocolate-covered broccoli”, suggesting that it was an accessible way of exploring challenging concepts with students.
  • “Putting people in an environment where it’s OK to fail, where it’s safe to get things wrong, and where it’s OK to rebuild and change is an enlightening process,” Mr Mills said. “Through experiential learning, exploration and experimentation, we can really start to get underneath the barriers that could be there in some situations.”
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Keywords: minecraft, games, edtech trends, learning
When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom
The Atlantic
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, the biologist who first coined the term “mindfulness” in the ’70s, defines it as a state of mind: the act of “paying attention on purpose” to the present moment, with a “non-judgmental” attitude. 
  • The first major effort to use mindfulness in schools began in the UK in 2007. Interest in the movement has picked up pace since. This past July, Oxford researchers announced plans to launch a large-scale, seven-year, $10 million study on mindfulness in education next year. 
  • Mindfulness is widely considered effective as a treatment for children and adolescents with aggression, ADHD, or anxiety. But beyond helping students, mindfulness can also help teachers to cope with the strains of teaching. If applied to teacher education, mindfulness can be a way to help prevent burnout. 
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Keywords: mindfulness, meditation, educational trends, social and emotional learning
Harvard Business School Really has Created the Classroom of the Future
Fortune
  • For years, colleges and universities have been imagining what the classroom of the future would look like. Many have tried to create it, with video screens and cameras, even teaching robots. But after three full years of planning and building a unique virtual space, Harvard Business School has truly invented the future classroom: HBX Live!
  • Whether they’re in Beijing, Warsaw, or San Francisco, every student in Harvard’s HBX Live! virtual classroom now sits front and center. Anand, a Harvard strategy professor, faces the images of 60 students portrayed on a curved screen in front of him, a high-resolution video wall composed of more than 6.2 million pixels that mimics the amphitheater-style seating of a class HBS tiered classroom. 
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Keywords: online education, MBA, Harvard, digital learning, virtual classroom
Buzzwords May Be Stifling Teaching Innovation at Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • One of the obstacles to bringing "adaptive learning" to college classrooms is that professors, administrators, and even those who make adaptive-learning systems don’t always agree on what that buzzword means. The same happens with another trendy approach: competency-based education. 
  • Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, says language could be key to the success of this experimental teaching approaches. "In order to take this from an, ‘Oh that’s an interesting idea,’ to something you can actually implement, we have to get more precise with our language."
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Keywords: educational trends, innovation, adaptive learning, competency-based education, language
Research Uncovers MOOC Cheating Strategy
Campus Technology
  • Yes, even when the class is free and the only gain may be a certificate of completion, courses that are massive, open and online face one of the same kinds of problems as traditional courses do. Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have uncovered a new cheating scheme specific to MOOCs.
  • As they explain in a working paper freely available online, some students are taking advantage of design features that allow for the creation of multiple accounts for a MOOC platform. They use some of the accounts to ferret out the right and wrong answers to quizzes; then they use one remaining account to submit only the correct answers.
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, research, cheating
Finally! Knewton Opens Adaptive Learning Platform to Teachers and Learners
edSurge
  • After seven years and $105 million in venture funding, Knewton finally has something to show to the public. The NY-based company has opened up its adaptive learning platform to teachers, students and parents.
  • The free platform has over 100,000 pieces of content and multiple-choice questions for K-12 math, English, science and history. Any teacher can create classes on the platform and invite students to join. Teachers can also upload their own materials, which will be tagged with metadata about their subject, standards and other information that can be used by Knewton’s adaptive learning algorithms.
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Keywords: adaptive learning, knewton, adaptive platforms
These Videos Could Change How You Think About Teaching
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • After many years covering the same material, Michael Wesch, who won the national professor-of-the-year award in 2008, was worried things were getting too routine. And then there was the student who kept falling asleep during his lectures. Every class. That confirmed all his worst fears that he was no longer connecting.
  • Then, he decided to do something different: Going to lunch with students. This changed Mr. Wesch’s attitude about teaching, and he is trying to share his personal transformation through a series of videos he hopes will go viral. 
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Keywords: teaching and learning, educators, stories, video
Are Reluctant Retirees Undermining Innovation on Campus?
The Huffington Post
  • Postponing retirement is becoming more common in some professions, including higher education. A new survey shows two thirds of college professors now plan to work past the age of 67. That trend comes with serious consequences.  
  • Economist Paul Yakoboski thinks that the fact that some professors are simply afraid to leave can lead to stagnation in the university setting. "A certain amount of churn is a healthy thing - fresh blood, fresh ideas, people who are up-to-date on the most current pedagogies,” Yakoboski says. “And if you don't have a dynamic where that churn is occurring, you don't get the benefit."
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Keywords: higher education, economy, innovation, faculty
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