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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Diamonds aren’t forever, but there’s still hope for Botswana

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In 1966, when Botswana gained independence from Britain, it was the world’s third poorest country. With a GDP per capita of around $70, a population of just over half a million people, and the fact that it was landlocked, Botswana’s economic prospects were very poor.

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.

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: Safe Water Network

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. The development industry is brimming with programs that seek to bring water to poor communities, and for good reason. Globally, 2.1

The dormant potential of extracurriculars for remaking assessment

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Powerful learning experiences aren’t as common in core subjects as we hope—but they occur in schools more often than we tend to think. . That’s the conclusion I walked away with after reading Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s new book investigating deeper learning in high schools.

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.

The key to staying vibrant in a competitive market

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In much of my writing, I espouse the virtues of market-creating innovations. In fact, in our book The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty , the power of market-creating innovations takes center stage—and for good reason. .

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.

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.

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.”

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?

EdTech at School

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

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.

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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How to make your own luck in emerging markets

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“Build a better mousetrap,” a popular saying goes, “and the world will beat a path to your door.” Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple for many businesses in emerging economies.

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Why this former school principal is igniting new social networks across Boston neighborhoods

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The term “social capital” is one popular way to describe the inherent value contained in social networks. But it can also suggest that our social networks are a fixed asset like a bank account.

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 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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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.

Why teachers should disrupt themselves

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Daily life in the United States two hundred years ago looked strikingly different from life as we know it today. Back then, most people had to pump water from wells or gather it from streams, make candles for light, grow most of their own food, and make and wash their clothes by hand.

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.

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.