Now You Can Learn a Language While You Wait For WiFi 

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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.

The Value of Interdisciplinary Research
Important research ideas often transcend the scope of a single discipline or program, pushing fields forward and accelerating scientific discovery. But interdisciplinary research is not easy to achieve, specially in big campuses where is more common to find clustered islands instead of real interdisciplinary teams. With that in mind, scholars at Duke University have attempted to solve this issue.

How Universities Are Using Big Data
“You could say it was bold. You could say it was crazy; maybe even arrogant. But I decided that if Georgia State was going to do something really big, this was the goal whose achievement would allow us to change the world,” declared Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, reflecting on a decision to focus on data analysis. A growing number of universities are using big data to improve student success but there are ethical issues that arises with the exploitation of student data.

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.


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The five universities leading the charge in innovation

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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. Moreover, technology is enabling a new, disruptive path to postsecondary education. 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.

 

The 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2017

MIT Technology Review

  • From brain implants, self-driving trucks, to 360-degrees cheap cameras, these are the technologies that will affect the economy, politics, improve medicine and influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop.

 

"Just a few decades ago, all the smartest people worked for universities. Today they’re all in startups”

TechCrunch

  • From the Silicon Hills in Austin, Texas to Silicon Alley in NYC, the Silicon Docks in Ireland’s capital city to Silicon “Wadi” in Israel, city officials worldwide are trying to figure out how to create their own version of Silicon Valley. But flourish on a scale similar to Silicon Valley is not an easy endeavor. The key ingredient underpinning Silicon Valley’s success, many believe, has been the steady flow of skilled engineers — with an entrepreneurial mindset — coming out of Stanford University.

 

The coding school that hopes to teach thousands of students, without professors

EdSurge

  • Coding school 42 it's the passion project of French telecom billionaire Xavier Niel who donated $100-million so students can study for free. Here the curriculum is project-based, and it’s focused on peer learning, meaning there are no professors. The school first opened in Paris in 2013 and just last year, opened an offshoot in the US, just outside of Silicon Valley, with the ambitious goal of teaching 10,000 students in the next five years. What's the secret behind this unusual school?

 

The colleges and universities with the highest mobility rates

NPR

  • The cost of college is high and rising. So, are the immediate costs of college, and the loans that can follow, worth it? A recent study used data on 30 million college students to construct mobility report cards — publicly available statistics on students’ earnings and their parents’ incomes — for each college in the United Sates. How did schools do? The results may surprise you.

 

New study reveals that virtual schools don’t serve low-performing students

The Hechinger Report

  • Online schools received a hearty endorsement last week from the new United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Meanwhile, an important study published last week revealed that online-only schools tend to attract and harm the most vulnerable students. Traditional schools should look at this as an opportunity to create a more effective model for at-risk students.

 

Working paper suggest that cost of online education may be higher than we think

Inside Higher Ed

  • We often think that online education saves money, but a new study has challenged this view, finding “little support for optimistic prognostications about online education.” The working paper, “The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education”, published by Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University, has also aroused criticism from other researchers that question the author’s data and methodology.

 

College students are not asking the big questions

NPR

  • 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.

 

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