This week's must-read stories
By Karina Fuerte
The European universities with the best teaching and learning environments
The University of Oxford is the number one university for teaching and learning, according to a new ranking released by the Times Higher Education that focuses on institutions’ teaching and learning environments. The ranking measures student engagement and outcomes, the diversity of institutions’learning environments, and the resources that universities have to teach effectively.
DISCIPLINA, blockchain to verify academic credentials
DISCIPLINA aims to be the first platform with blockchain technology dedicated to keeping a secure and verifiable record of academic credentials. The blockchain project will allow users to store their academic and professional achievements, in addition to providing access to that data through a unified platform.
The challenge of university dropouts
A recent survey reveals some of the reasons why students quit higher education and identify areas of opportunity that are rarely addressed. Some of the causes of university dropouts are the lack of counseling, anxiety, lack of learning skills and the inability to concentrate.
Achieving Entrepreneurship through Play
It is vital that we approach the phenomenon of entrepreneurship with a new perspective that takes into account the entrepreneur as an individual, developing their transversal competences and the emotional processes that they face during the initial stage of the entrepreneurial journey.
The impact of video on education
A survey found that 92% of students say that video content raises the feeling of satisfaction in their learning experience. In turn, 83% of teachers consider that this tool promotes collaboration and professional development.
Coursera aims to be more accurate with A/B Testing
One of the most used marketing strategies to improve advertising outcomes is A/B Testing. Coursera recently added this instrument in its platform so that instructors can compare elements and better shape the content of their courses.
What we are reading
The importance of collaboration between faculty and administrators and the roadblocks to it
"It is vital to understand that any changes or innovations, particularly to curriculum and approaches to learning, need to start with the faculty." (Inside Higher Ed)
Blackboard Debt Takes a Hit After Colleges Drop Its Education Software
"Almost all of our peer institutions have moved to Canvas," Cornell University -- Blackboard’s very first customer -- said that Canvas was easier to use and more technologically advanced. (Bloomberg)
All learning ‘is going to happen digitally’, Coursera boss says
“The boundaries between online and on campus will blur together, and they already are.” (Times Higher Education)
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Skewed Values
When values aren’t considered before setting goals, some odd things can happen. (Inside Higher Ed)
Micro-management of learning is killing creativity
Learning outcomes discourages students from thinking outside the tick box, says Robert Nelson. (Times Higher Education)
Academic publishing is broken. Here’s how to redesign it
Only around 25% of the global corpus of research knowledge is open access which is a real impediment to resolving major problems. (Fast Company)
A College Prices Its Online Programs 60% Less
“You can spend a whole lot of money if you're not well organized and don’t know what you’re doing.” (Inside Higher Ed)