This week's must-read stories
“We need a more interdisciplinary education that allows students to graduate with transversal competencies”
Colleen Silva-Hayden, Assistant Director of University Innovation at Harvard University, LASPAU, spoke with the Observatory about the challenges facing universities, the role teachers and students in the future of education,alternative credentials and interdisciplinary education.
MicroBachelors: the new edX credentials
The online educational platform maintains its objective of reinventing higher education with the development of a new online program calledMicroBachelors. Although the program has not yet been formally launched, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, announced that these programs will be modular and flexible and will cover 25 to 50% of a conventional bachelor degree.
Maxwell lab: curricular integration in the area of science to generate electromagnetic visualizations and consolidate STEM initiatives
Teaching and understanding of electromagnetism require a broad abstraction that is why we must perform activities that help students better assimilate and relate the concept.
A bachelor's degree in the humanities can also lead to a successful career
A new report belies the hackneyed stereotype of humanities students as a group destined to underemployment. The report reveals that the wage gapbetween the humanities and other fields, such as business and engineering, isreduced over time.
Paying MOOC students are on the rise
The pursuit of alternative credentials is on the rise. Platforms like Udacity, edX and Coursera are maturing, and the job market is starting to recognize their certifications. The leading MOOC search engine platform, Class Central, reported MOOC consumption statistics in 2017, and results show anincreasing paid course enrollment.
Do students want a college degree just to make more money?
A recent study conducted by Gallup and Strada Education revealed the main reason why students aspire to have a degree. Is it to learn something new? To shape a better world? or is it just to earn more money? The survey taken by 200,000 adults from more than 3000 post-secondary institutions in the US, revealed that the main reason for studying a career is to have a good job.
What we are reading
Lawrence Bacow Will Be Next Harvard President
The son of immigrants and former president of Tufts University, Bacow will succeed Drew Faust. (Inside Higher Ed)
Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
Harvard and the MIT are jointly offering a new course on the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence. (The New York Times)
7 Things Your Students With Autism Wish You Knew About Them
How best to reach their autistic students? Be a voice for your students. (We Are Teachers)
Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook—and the World
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all. (Wired)
Berklee College Expands Online, to Graduate Degrees
The Berklee College of Music is expanding its online degree offerings adding graduate programs to its digital offerings. (The New York Times)