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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.

Cash transfers to the poor won’t solve poverty

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In July of 2017, I was invited by a prominent development organization to a convening on cash transfer programs. In global development, cash transfers typically describe direct payments that donor organizations or governments make to the poor, often with no strings attached.

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A market-creation story: Aravind Eye Care

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Of the estimated 39 million blind people in the world today, nearly a third live in India. An estimated 75% of blindness in India is preventable, but too many lack access to the eye care they need.

Why buying a mattress is like choosing a college

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On the face of it, comparing buying a mattress to choosing a college might feel apocryphal. Insulting even. College encompasses a series of experiences—from the classroom to extracurricular activities and social opportunities—that, in the best of scenarios, are transformative.

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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.

The next decade of disruption in education? Unlocking networks

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Over a decade ago, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen took his theory of Disruptive Innovation from the boardroom to the K-12 classroom. Observing the rapid rise of online courses, he predicted that online learning would radically shift education in the 21 st century.

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How FedEx made Tennessee a hub of global commerce

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Earlier this month I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to speak at a conference for socially-minded entrepreneurs.

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. .

5 reasons why impact investments and market-creating innovations go hand-in-hand

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It has never been easier for investors to support causes that matter to them. Hunger to do good has resulted in the growth of impact investments, conscious capitalism, and social entrepreneurship movements.

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.

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.

A bold new direction for Global Prosperity

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2019 was a milestone year for the Global Prosperity team. In January, along with Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon, I published The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty and soon after, began traveling across the globe to present the ideas in the book.

Let’s make 2020 the year when we reduce families’ exposure to higher ed financial risk

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Looking back on 2019, two stories in particular surfaced a fraught dynamic in Americans’ relationship with higher education. First, the college admissions scandal saw wealthy parents breaking the law—and going to prison—trying to get their kids into well-regarded universities.

Anomalies wanted: seeing bootcamps as an opportunity to refine regulations

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The late Clayton Christensen, co-founder of the Christensen Institute and father of the theoretical frameworks we use to analyze the higher education landscape, had a wooden sign in his office with a simple request: “Anomalies wanted.”.

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?

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.

Cutting-edge tech is exciting, but innovations don’t need to be flashy to be impactful

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175,000 journalists and tech industry professionals descended on Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this month for CES , the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show. The annual event, which started in 1967, has become synonymous with the latest and greatest in technological innovation. .

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.

From nonconsumption to market creation: How Toyota became an economic powerhouse for Japan

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If you had predicted decades ago that Toyota would someday become the world’s largest car manufacturer, many would have laughed at you.

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.

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.

Don’t discount the power of students’ acquaintances to expand supports and horizons

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Ask people who helped them get where they are today, and oftentimes they will point to deep, caring relationships with family members and mentors who unleashed their potential.

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 business model of research is winner-take-all. Is it killing higher ed?

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The international perception of US higher education can be pared down to three words: Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. But that’s not the reality of US higher education.

A step in the right direction: UAE’s investment in Africa’s youth

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As the youngest continent on the planet, Africa is at a major crossroads. The number of young people who will reach working age over the next 15 years is estimated at 450 million, yet, at its current trajectory, the continent is expected to create just 100 million jobs by 2035.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

How to create effective personalized learning professional development

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According to a 2019 Education Week Research Center survey of nearly 600 teachers, 11% view personalized learning as a passing fad, 10% say it’s not on their radar screen, and 8% see it as a “threat to public education.”

Calling for the disruption of liberal arts colleges—in order to save liberal education

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A report published last month by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce suggests a strong showing for liberal arts colleges in terms of ROI—if you go to the right school, and if you’re willing to wait a few decades for it to pay off.

Could social media be the key to cracking chronic disease?

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Today more than 50% of American citizens are afflicted with a chronic disease. In addition to the untold suffering that accompanies a long-term battle with poor health, the care for those with chronic diseases continues to be a major driver of our nation’s healthcare costs.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Chasing financial inclusion is a red herring—economic inclusion should be the goal

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The incessant quest to achieve financial inclusion—often measured by number of bank accounts open—for the almost two billion people who currently lack access is futile, so long as people remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and low productivity.

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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Four principles for designing the future of teaching in 2020

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When I started my career in education as a middle school math teacher, the work often felt overwhelming. Delivering excellent instruction day-to-day was itself a major endeavor. But even when my classes and lessons went well, they never felt like enough.

Could Minecraft disrupt traditional instruction?

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Minecraft, which hit its 10-year anniversary this year, is currently the second best-selling video game ever—only beat out by Tetris.

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EdTech at School

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