THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
Millennial parents and students still prefer pen and paper for productive learning
A new study found that 96% of parents think that paper is essential to their kids’ learning and that their children do well on homework when they write it down by hand. The report also lists some of the benefits of reading on paper, arguing that it allows you to better concentrate on the material, which improves how well you remember and recollect it".
Father of the flipped classroom says we should let students use their phones in exams
Eric Mazur, pioneer of the flipped classroom, urges academics to take the next leap allowing students to use their laptops and phones in exams. He says universities should use technology to encourage more collaboration between students outside the classroom.
Personalized learning improves math and reading skills, according to new report
A study released by Education Elements, which analyzed performance data from 36,000 students that used personalized learning in the school year 2016-2017, shows a strong growth in reading, math, and other academic measures.
MIT and IBM are teaming up to build a $240 million AI research lab and business incubator
IBM will invest $240 million to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab in a 10-year partnership with the MIT with the goal of propelling scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. The new lab will focus on fundamental artificial intelligence research with the aim to “advance AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas”.
Google and Bertelsmann will fund 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap
The European Union has predicted that half a million Information and Communication Technologies jobs will remain unfilled by 2020. To bridge the digital skills gap, Google, Bertelsmann and Udacity are opening 75,000 full scholarships for residents of Europe, Russia, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey.
LOST: a simulator for making logistics decisions
Inspired by Isaac Asimov’s "Foundation", Professor Ernesto Pacheco developed LOST (Logistics Simulator) with the aim of understanding how people make decisions in the area of logistics. The game fosters the integration of different elements to enhance the learning experience and make it possible to detect areas of opportunity.
WHAT WE ARE READING
The college lecture is dying (Quartz)
Flipped Courses and Costs (Inside Higher Ed)
How Design Thinking Can Be Applied Across the Campus (paywall) (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Will learning analytics empower or entrap students and academics? (Times Higher Education)
Mentorship Without Hierarchy (The Atlantic)