THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
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.
The universities that academics believe excel in teaching and research
Between January and March 2017, a selection of experienced scholars were surveyed about their views on the standards of teaching and research in their disciplines and in Higher Ed institutions. The responses were used to determined which universities were considered the most prestigious. The latest edition of Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017 rank the universities that academics believe excel in teaching and research.
Is Facebook testing an online learning platform?
A group of managers of Facebook groups that are listed as a class reported to have recently noticed a few updates in their group pages. The feature is an “Add a course unit” option where they can upload courses and also track student progress.
The Assessment Perspective
Is the assessment process formative? Assessment in education, with regard to student learning, is the same human and natural process carried out by individuals in their role as teachers. So, how can we make an objective, fair, reliable and valid assessment, but above all one that serves student development and education?
Success Academy launches online learning platform
Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter school network, launched a new online platform to expand its project sharing its model with more than 15,000 U.S. teachers, principals, superintendents, and policy makers.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invests $5M to help more educators buy homes
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced is investing $5 million to help teachers buy homes in the Redwood City, Ravenswood City, and Sequoia Union High School districts in California, districts which face some of the highest housing costs in the United States.
The University of Michigan will use machine learning to score writing tests
A digital tool created by the University of Michigan will use machine learning to score a student’s writing submissions. The goal is to ease the workload of teachers, who often have to asses hundreds of essays.
Wanted: Spanish content
Curriki, an online platform of K–12 open educational resources (OER), has opened a call for Spanish-language educators to publish their best Spanish-language teaching materials on their education content library.
Competency-Based Education Network opens its membership
The Competency-Based Education Network announced that it is opening its membership to all in higher education who are committed to working collaboratively to advance the design and build of high-quality competency-based education.
WHAT WE ARE READING
- What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation? (EdSurge)
- To Students, Many College Learning Experiences Feel Like They’re From ‘Another Century’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- The Unaffordable Urban Paradise: Here’s how tech startups are ruining cities (MIT Technology Review)
- Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. Now, 100 Years Later, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model (The 74)
- Sweden’s gender-neutral preschools produce kids who are more likely to succeed (Quartz)