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What everyone gets wrong about corruption

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There’s a common misconception that until corruption in poor countries is eliminated, or at least significantly reduced, these countries will not be able to develop.

Why personalized learning is hard to study

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This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

“Free college:” Why offering access to something broken does not make it better

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Across the campaign trail, we are seeing myriad variations of “free college” proposals. The intentions aren’t bad: provide a solution to the record $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.

The underestimated resource for personalized learning (and how to get more of it)

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When schools think about incorporating personalized learning, it may seem intuitive to consider resources like specific technologies or professional development plans. But there’s another critical resource that too often gets discounted but is hiding in plain sight: time.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

When it comes to personalized learning, understanding the problem is everything

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Late last year, iNACOL published a landscape analysis of personalized learning across the country. The report showed emerging growth, but it also demonstrated how key elements of personalized learning are still not widely practiced in schools.

An investor’s take: seeing the patterns of potential in bootcamps

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Coding bootcamps are undeniably big business these days, and capital is flowing into the space at a dizzying pace. In 2018 and 2019, acquisitions alone saw at least $1.4 billion change hands—many deals have been done on the private market, with terms not disclosed.

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Bootcamp profiles: Nashville Software School

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For our recent paper, Betting on Bootcamps , we conducted in-depth interviews with seven bootcamps spanning a variety of business models. We’ll be sharing each of their stories over the coming months.

Lessons on innovation, economic prosperity, and cultivating joy

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This post first appeared on the website for the Aspen Ideas Festival, where Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon will speak in June 2019. To say that Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen has had a profound impact on innovation, business, and management is an understatement.

What the debate over homework is getting wrong

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Debates over the purpose and benefit of homework seem to be cyclical. A recent Atlantic article summarized the state of affairs with regards to homework, tracing its history and analyzing debates for and against homework in today’s schools.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

For Jumia—Africa’s tech unicorn—to succeed, here’s who it must focus on

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On April 12, 2019, Jumia—Africa’s largest e-commerce company and the first African tech unicorn—debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s stock was priced at $14.50 and is now trading at $23.29, at the time of this writing, representing a 60% increase in value since its debut.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: EarthEnable

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. More than half of Africa’s 1.2

A how-to guide for taking the guesswork out of innovation in emerging markets

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Innovation is often perceived as an enormous risk. No matter how much data you collect, there’s no guarantee your innovation—however clever, attractive, or useful it may be—will succeed. And that’s true in economies with developed markets, where infrastructure and laws actually support innovation.

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The way people think about edtech misses the mark

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Does adaptive learning software improve test scores? Does a 1:1 device initiative improve learning? Is screen time good for students? Questions like these are regulars in debates about edtech.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Inyenyeri

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. Globally, almost three billion people depend on traditional biomass for cooking, a number that is expected to remain unchanged by 2030.

750 million reasons to care about bootcamps

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Conversations about coding bootcamps, at least in Silicon Valley, seem to take one of two forms: breathless odes to a bright new dawn for education, or dire warnings of their likely collapse. Either way, novelty drives the narrative, not market size.

From rhetoric to reality: creating communities to forge a skills-based future

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As the Hechinger Report recently reported , there is growing momentum around hiring based on skills, rather than degrees.

Don’t worry about disruption: The business model of college is collapsing under its own weight

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The Class of 2023 is already coming up short, despite not yet having set foot on campus. High school graduation season is still in full swing, but The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week that a handful of elite schools have already announced enrollment shortfalls. NACUBO has reported record-setting tuition discounting. The demand for workers with education and skills has never been higher, yet many traditional colleges are struggling. Because the business model of college is broken.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Why smaller dosage work-based learning can mean bigger professional networks

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Students need relationships to get by and to get ahead. But all too often in our education system, relationships are treated as inputs to learning, rather than outcomes in their own right.

What is population health management, and why is everyone talking about it?

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Healthcare in the United States is in crisis, with costs growing to almost $ 4 trillion in 2017, alongside some of the worst health outcomes relative to other wealthy countries.

After running a poverty alleviation organization for 10 years, here’s what I’ve learned

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On a cold night in February 2008, I read about Amaretch, an Ethiopian girl who had to wake up every morning at 3 a.m. to walk miles, fetch firewood, and sell it. She was ten years old.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

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Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018. Some of this work requires asking hard questions. Some requires acknowledging that there’s an elephant in the room. And some requires looking beyond our current conversation to where the next waves of innovation stand to emerge.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

The start-up using tech to foster students’ connections across the globe

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As students of Disruptive Innovation we’re often looking to new models emerging at the edges of traditional school and after-school systems.

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5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

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In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students.

The disruptive playbook for bootcamps to upend higher education

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Will bootcamps and other last-mile providers disrupt higher education? Ryan Craig, an investor and writer thinks so. His most recent book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College , makes a compelling case that the disruption is already underway.

Why the rich and famous broke the law to get their kids into college

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In the wake of the massive college admissions scam in which parents allegedly used fraud and bribery to help their children get into elite colleges, commentators and aghast onlookers have speculated about the answer to one big question: Why?

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

A tight-knit community upending underemployment

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Students need relationships to get by and to get ahead. But all too often in our education system, relationships are treated as inputs to learning, rather than outcomes in their own right.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

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To crack the chronic disease epidemic, tap into consumers’ priorities

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Spiraling healthcare costs have been of grave concern to the healthcare industry, government, and public for at least 50 years.

Will half of all colleges really close in the next decade?

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Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen consistently turns heads in higher education by predicting that 50% of colleges and universities will close or go bankrupt in the next decade.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Sustaining Bangladesh’s economic miracle

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Bangladesh is probably not the country that comes to mind when you think about economic miracles. Its GDP per capita is just $1,750, and close to 15 million of the 166 million people in the country live on less than $1.90 a day.