Category Archives: Op-Ed

Guest posts and opinion pieces by writers unaffiliated with EDUKWEST.

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Online Learning In India – A Note

There is a lot of activity around the Online Learning, MOOC, Hybrid Learning space in India. A number of leading universities have started their own MOOC’s (IITBX, IIMB) and are offering open access to their content to students.

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Professionalization of Sports and the Rising Stakes of Education

A High-Stakes Feedback Loop

There are twin, parallel forces slowly severing learning from American education.

If it seems contradictory that “learning” could somehow be separate from “education” (one is the purpose of the other), consider that standards for credentialing overwhelmingly rely on time spent in an educational environment (school attendance) and discrete performance indicators (standardized tests). Possibly no one explains the fundamental gap in our priorities more eloquently than Sir Ken Robinson in his TED Talk.

Despite their best efforts, neither of these measures of education guarantees learning; more alarmingly, neither is immune to the interference of grade inflation and school athletics. Continue reading

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Education Startups are Vineyards

The ubiquity and glamour of wine does a good job of hiding it, but vineyards—where the grapes are grown and any wine gets its start—are actually a pretty precarious investment.

It isn’t enough to know that people are passionate about wine, that demand is high, or that wineries have a need for large volumes of grapes—to make it as a vineyard, you need a strong reputation. You need winemakers to have confidence and trust in your ability to produce reliable quantities of grapes at a consistent level of quality, and with a consistent character. Their pride of process means high expectations for those they do business with.

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Learning a New Language in Virtual Reality

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on the Unimersiv Community.

Virtual Reality, and its immersive nature, are fast changing the way education is being imparted in some of the leading schools worldwide. No longer is the transfer of knowledge restricted to pen and paper, blackboard and chalk, and PowerPoint presentations. It has taken the turn for experience-based learning in its truest form. This is so because with virtual reality, the observer is transported into a whole other world which has been designed to provide visual and tactile stimuli to them. This aids in more adequate retention of knowledge.

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3 Themes Defining The Future of Education

A society’s view of education is simply a reflection of the broader culture. Back when America was far more homogeneous and agrarian, we developed schools that reflected those values and ideals, right down to the calendar we taught kids on. I would argue one reason there is such confusion over where education should go in the future in this country, is because we now have so many competing visions of what our culture is and how that should collectively define us in the 21st Century. But if you step back, remain objective, and keep your eyes open, what is happening in the world today is pretty clear. And when we understand the direction of the broader world, the role and direction of education comes into focus.

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