• May 27, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning? image description

    As the disruption of monolithic teacher-led instruction continues to occur, there may be another educational practice that is being transformed along with it, especially for younger students: homework. Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of

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  • May 23, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Can new EdTech tools combat economic despair? image description

    In a recent Brookings paper on social mobility, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine illuminate an intangible, yet severe, consequence of income inequality: economic despair. In cities or states with wide disparity between the low- and middle-income brackets, high school students, particularly boys, appear more likely to drop out of school. The researchers attribute dropping out,

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  • May 20, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning image description

    One of the most powerful potential benefits of blended learning is how it can help teachers create an achievement-oriented culture in their classrooms. In many of the best examples of blended learning, the real magic of the model comes not from the technology alone, but from the ways the technology transforms how teachers engage with

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  • May 18, 2016 | by Spencer Nam

    What’s disruptive and what’s not? Three criteria for identifying disruptors in healthcare image description

    Over 20 years ago, Clayton Christensen coined the term disruptive innovation to describe the phenomenon of simpler and less expensive new products or services replacing established solutions from market leaders. Today, as one of the most popular terms in the global business world, it is often overused and misunderstood to mean “market domination” and “super

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  • May 17, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Five ways to modernize accreditation image description

    Last month, I had the chance to join a compelling discussion on national higher education at the Beyond the Horizon conference led by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in Chicago. HLC, one of the largest regional accreditors, chose to end the conference on an innovative note: looking at the future of accreditation in light of

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  • May 12, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    Reinventing research image description

    The traditional gold-standard approach to research—a randomized control trial (RCT)—is not worth its weight as we move to a student-centered education system that personalizes for all students so that they succeed. The reason why, as Max Ventilla, founder and CEO of AltSchool (where, full disclosure, I am an advisor), told Fast Company, is, “You’re not

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  • May 10, 2016 | by Alana Dunagan

    Free college: Beyond the buzzwords image description

    You’ve seen the headlines before: Americans are burdened with a record $1.2 trillion in student loans—with default rates above 10 percent. The overall balances are eye-popping and speak volumes about the cost of education, which continues to rise. College costs are an issue across higher education, but the student debt crisis is focused squarely on

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