THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
Can you predict your students’ final grade at the start of the course? Yes, you can with Artificial Intelligence
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.
The crisis of the college degree
A new report question the usefulness of college degree in a world where the line that separates students from working professionals is blurred by the constant need to stay up to date in skills and knowledge, the threat of automation, and a labor market facing international competition. In The Future of the Degree: How Colleges Can Survive the New Credential Economy, Jeffrey J. Selingo, outlines the biggest challenges college degrees face today in the knowledge economy.
Southern New Hampshire University launches competency-based Master’s Graduate Degree in online teaching
The program will consist of training modules and graduate-level micro-credential programs which can stack into a full master’s degree in education with a focus on online and blended learning in elementary and secondary education. Teachers will be able to advance at their own pace, completing competencies and projects set in real-world contexts.
Two EdTech companies create new game authoring tool
The eLearning Brothers and the Game Agency, two companies focused on gamification, eLearning, and training, announced the release of The Training Arcade, a new game authoring tool that allows EdTech developers to quickly create games with their own content and embed them in online courses.
WHAT WE ARE READING
Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals (The New York Times)
How can curriculum be adjusted to embrace competency-based learning? (Education Dive)
Teachers Aid Struggling Test Takers with Real-Time Alerts (EdTech Magazine)
When to Stop Using a Teaching Technology (EdSurge)
A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs (EdSurge)