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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.

Targeting nonconsumption: The most viable path to growth

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In the early 1980s, AT&T decided to pull out of the mobile phone development business. The decision came after McKinsey & Co. estimated that by the year 2000 the global market for mobile phones would comprise of merely 900,000 subscribers.

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Teachers shouldn’t have to be their students’ judges

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Imagine you are a restaurant manager. How would you feel if one day the state health department announced that restaurant managers will carry out the food inspections for their kitchens? Would you worry about your ability to be truly transparent with your customers?

Don’t just flip the classroom, flip the school day

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Flipping the classroom—in which students independently consume online lessons or lectures and then spend their time in the classroom focused on what we used to call homework—crashed on the scene eight years ago.

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.

Nonconsumption: the fiercest competitor you didn’t know you had

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The way we typically define competition, and the method employed by companies to assess the competitive landscape, leaves out the most significant competitor of all: nonconsumption. And nowhere is this feisty competitor more prominent than in emerging and frontier markets.

Make P.E. great—for the first time?

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When I first began researching the field of online learning in K–12 education, I was surprised to learn that one of the most popular online offerings was physical education (P.E.). How could that be done online?

The inconvenient truth about transferring resources to poor countries

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Last month I was invited to speak about the ideas in The Prosperity Paradox at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Micro-internships: Just a gig or a promising gateway?

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This month the micro-internship marketplace Parker Dewey launched a new initiative, Gigs for Good , aimed at helping college students from underrepresented populations tap into the platform’s internship opportunities.

Making sense of corruption and how to reduce it

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In 2011, someone broke into my sister’s office at the university where she teaches in Nigeria. Thankfully, the person was caught, arrested, and charged.

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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.

What’s the key to ending vaping? Not following smoking’s roadmap

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If you’ve read the news recently, you’ve seen a harrowing trend: at least six people in the United States have died from vaping-related lung illness, with hundreds more cases of illness currently reported.

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.

Five reasons why free college doesn’t make the grade

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As the presidential campaign heats up, many Democratic presidential candidates are scrambling to see who can offer the most sweeping free college proposal. Many are making the argument that extending access to public colleges is analogous to when the US created universal high schools.

Why we need diverse data to understand what works in education

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In August, John Oliver dedicated a segment of Last Week Tonight to investigating bias in medicine, uncovering this gem of an interview from CBS in 2014, featuring correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewing neuroscientist Larry Cahill.

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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.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Lifestores Healthcare

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. A World Economic Outlook study showed that there are currently fewer than 25 pharmacies in Nigeria per million people.

How an “umbrella with four wheels” got France rolling again after WWII

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Last May, thousands of people from across Europe made a pilgrimage to an annual celebration in Saint-Amand Montrond, an inconspicuous town in the center of France. The purpose behind this unlikely gathering?

On corruption: How South Africa’s new leader can replace bold promises with bold action

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In their paper, The Rise of the Regulatory State, Harvard University economists Edward Glaeser and Andrei Schleifer wrote, “whatever law enforcement strategy the society chooses, private individuals will seek to subvert its workings to benefit themselves.”

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.

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.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Fyodor Biotechnologies

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. I awoke to what felt like lightning going through my legs, and then spreading through my body and in my head.

Leveraging Disruptive Innovation at the World Bank to finally end poverty

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I am a firm believer that extreme poverty can be ended in my lifetime, and with the right steps, prosperity can take its place.

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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The 3 things edtech can’t do illustrate why teachers matter now more than ever

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We’re swimming in a world of technologies that have huge implications for the future of schooling.

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EdTech at School

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

Prevention, not prescription: how to better address the chronic disease epidemic

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If you’re living in the United States, chances are you, or someone close to you, suffers from a chronic disease. According to the CDC, six out of ten adults in the US are diagnosed with at least one, with four out of ten having two or more.

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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.

Two reasons why teachers don’t automate their work

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Teachers today stand to benefit from using technology to substitute for some of their work.

The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

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I grew up in Nigeria where nearly half the population still lives in extreme poverty. But even for most who are desperately poor, education is highly valued as a majority of children—more than 70% —attend primary school and nearly half attend secondary school.

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.

The student loan crisis won’t disappear unless we tackle the root cause

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There’s been no shortage of potential solutions to the student loan crisis from politicos lately: “free college” and loan forgiveness efforts topping those most popular in the media.

A “Modern” classroom model, designed by teachers, helps students stay engaged and connected

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As a K-12 researcher, I visit a fair number of classrooms. But rarely do I walk away as excited as I felt after visiting Kareem Farah’s classroom.

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.

If We Do It Right, Teachers Plus Technology Can Free Educators to Focus More on Students

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The McKinsey Global Institute’s recent report on the future of work for women made for an interesting headline at Education Week: “Forty Percent of Elementary School Teachers’ Work Could Be Automated By 2030.”

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.