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Moody's Issues Negative Outlook for Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
On the heels of a similarly downcast assessmentby Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service has issued a negative outlook for the higher-education sector in the United States.
While American higher education faces limited growth prospects over the next 12 to 18 months, Moody’s says, positive trends like strong long-term demand for higher education and reduced household debt could help create conditions for colleges to stabilize over the next year.
But Moody’s cautions that the institutions will face continued financial pressures in the near term.
Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?
The spirit of play and discovery of knowledge is missing from much of formal education. Students not only have no experience with making or the tools needed to build things, they’re often at a tactile deficit. “Schools haven’t changed, but the students have,” Dan Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire, and editor of Make Magazine said. “They don’t come with these experiences.”
Dougherty often watches kids as they interact with hands-on experiments or materials at Maker Faire events. “It’s almost aggressively manipulating and touching things because they’re not used to it,” he said, which is unfortunate because that kind of work is in high demand in doing engineering or mechanical jobs.
“Even at the university level we’re choosing talent based on math scores, not on capabilities and demonstrated abilities,” Dougherty said. “I think kids are going to be the drivers of change in this.”
Technology buzzwords, although annoying, often seem innocuous enough. They’re just catchy and trite enough to bleed into common usage, but just misleading and obfuscatory enough as to discourage deep analysis. Two of the most widespread buzzwords and phrases to escape the tech world and infiltrate our general lexicon are the couplet “digital native” and “digital immigrant.”
For any buzzword, we should ask what assumptions and generalizations using it obscure and who benefits from its propagation. These two particular labels are prime subjects for inquiry. In brief, they overlook socio-economic differences, which exist within the younger generations, and do so in a way that creates lucrative business opportunities for education gurus.
When we take a look at the data and research, however, it becomes clear that the great divide between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” is a puff of smoke—one that obscures the actual differences that other factors (like socio-economic status, gender, education, and technological immersion) play in digital proficiency.
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech.
The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.
IBM Bets $3B That the Silicon Microchip is Becoming Obsolete
IBM is worried that the age of silicon may be drawing to a close. So it’s going to spend $3 billion over the next half-decade to try and find new ways to power the future generations of microprocessors.
The first step of IBM’s $3 billion quest will fund research into ways of making these smaller chip components work — even if they don’t use silicon.
BM has high hopes for a silicon alternative, called carbon nanotubes, but the concept still needs work if it’s going to become as easy to crank out carbon nanotube chips as their silicon alternatives. Another promising area is silicon nanophotonics: a way of using light instead of electrical signals to send data around the chip.
They Have Seen the Future of the Internet, and It Is Dark
The New York Times
The Pew Research Center, one of the better-known think tanks, on Thursday published the third in a series called “Digital Life in 2025.” Even taken as a snapshot of today and not the world to come, the report, titled “Net Threats,” is pretty dark reading.
Collectively, the experts posited new government crackdowns on online freedoms, greater surveillance and less trust online, and the squelching of individual creativity through control by big companies.
There are even dangers from the personalization of content: That customization, a way of limiting information overload, was also seen as a threat to healthy serendipity in what we read, watch and think about.
Four Tips for "Going TESLA" to Create an Open and Innovative Culture
Tesla has removed all knowledge silos and created a platform for global collaboration and advancement on electric cars. What lessons on innovation and collaboration can we take away from their recent business move?
After a successful first week of “Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required,” Paul-Olivier Dehaye, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Zurich, deleted the course content as part of a social experiment to show students how their data can be manipulated online. But since Dehaye had not notified anyone of his intentions, the experiment raised confusion rather than awareness.
George Siemens, a researcher based at the University of Texas at Arlington, said Dehaye actually deserves some credit for raising awareness about MOOC providers’ ability (or lack thereof) to control quality and manage crises
“Coursera has been revealed as a house of cards in terms of governance and procedures for dealing with unusual situations,” Siemens wrote in a blog post. “MOOCs were developed so quickly and with such breathless optimism that the architects didn’t pay much attention to boring stuff like foundations and plumbing. What is the governance model at Coursera? Is there anything like a due process to resolve conflicts?”
Adult education is experiencing a much-needed surge of interest from the innovation and entrepreneurial communities, according to experts, observers, and providers. They hope that this interest will develop new human capital, improve outcomes, and attract additional resources.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting trends and innovations in adult education from our interviews with experts and leaders in the field.
An Oxford Rocket Scientist Has Designed A Better Saucepan io9
The "Flare" Pan is a saucepan designed by University of Oxford engineer Thomas Povey that borrows design aspects from jet and rocket engines to burn hotter and more quickly than a conventional pan would over the same flame. It also looks pretty space age-y, which we can obviously get behind.
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