The United States’ dominance of the international university rankings is challenged in the latest edition of U-Multirank. Supported by the European Commission, U-Multirank claims to be the largest global university ranking and this year looks in detail at the diversity of strengths of more than 1,300 universities from some 90 countries.
US universities dominate many of the research lists, such as ‘top cited publications’, with Rockefeller University, MIT, Stanford and Harvard outperforming the rest of the world. But the North Americans don’t have it all their own way. Germany leads in ‘co-publications with industrial partners’ and the Netherlands won for regional engagement indicator.
Do educators need to pay attention to the blockchain? What, if anything, should they know about it? The blockchain had a big marketing splash at SXSWedu this spring, where the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and the ACT Foundation presented the idea of “the Ledger” as a new technology that could tie learning to earning.
A handful of schools have also started to experiment with the blockchain, primarily in creating cryptographically-signed, verifiable certificates. These include MIT's Media Lab, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, and the (unaccredited) Holberton School, an alternative, teacher-less software engineering school in San Francisco.
Online tutoring, while not new, is one solution that may be able to bridge the gap between student and tutor, and provide the accessibility, affordability, and flexibility necessary to move education forward in a substantial way.
Companies like HackHands are taking the live mentorship approach, while others, like Udemy and Codementor, are partnering to combine education with expert knowledge. But without the ability to truly integrate with the traditional school system, these companies would not be able to achieve widespread adoption.
In 2014, 45.3 percent of working-age Americans held a high-quality postsecondary credential, according to the Lumina Foundation's seventh annual report on college completion.
For the first time, this report includes an estimate of how many working adults hold a certificate the foundation determines to be of value in the workforce. Lumina has set an ambitious goal of 60 percent of Americans holding a high-quality postsecondary credential by 2025.
Too often, we start with the solution - a technology, a space, a system - and then look for a problem to solve with it. Particularly in education, we hear of an issue and jump directly into a solution. Instead of doing that, school leaders should look for a potential problem to solve and then create a new opportunity through three strategies: Empathy, strategy, and edupreneurship.
How technological developments will impact learning environments, skills training and access to education was discussed by futurists and education leaders at the StudyPortals Student of the Future conference. Yuri van Geest, founder of SingularityU, and Nanette Ripmeester, founder and director of Expertise in Labour Mobility, were among the speakers.
As Big Data proliferates, colleges are poised to take advantage of a wealth of data-driven insights, but many lack the analytics skills to do so. According to KPMG’s report, 36 percent of colleges have sufficient data, as a result, institutions outsource analytics because they lack that skill internally.
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