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BBL Ventures has opened the first Reverse Robotics Pitch for ExxonMobil. Interested applicants are invited to enter the challenge by March 29th for the chance at an invitation to Houston to participate in the reverse pitch the week of April 17. The prize for the winning challengers is $60,000 and eligibility for a commercial pilot.
How could studying and reviewing with a buddy influence both the person asking the question and the person who is tasked with speaking the answer? Does simply hearing a person speak an answer elicit the same benefits as recalling and speaking the answer oneself?
Today’s students have increased access to technology and with it, a never ending stream of stimuli. It’s prompted many teachers to ask the question: “How do you adapt the traditional curriculum to accommodate students raised by technology and is there a price for compromising on traditional education?”
Some common solutions to this problem include breaking lessons up into smaller chunks, leveraging gamification, and using the mediums students are already on such as video and social media. However, other studies have shown that traditional teaching styles garner the best results, and yet more others that say a blended approach is needed.
Students and employers feel higher education institutions are not giving students the skills they need to be desirable employees in the modern workforce.
In response, universities are evolving their programs to allow for more online courses and competency-based learning. Over 600 universities planned to adopt such degree programs in 2018, up from 50 in 2014.
MOOCs have given way to a new breed of digital class providers: online program management organizations. These businesses provide a hub for students to take online courses developed by universities and corporate partners seeking to help students develop in-demand skills at low cost.
India has embarked on an exciting journey to convert its brain drain into brain gain by attracting expertise and investment in higher ed through US-India Knowledge Exchange. Now, India is investing $20 million to create ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ hubs in higher ed institutions that bring American universities to its campus.
An important product of this collaboration are te 10 hubs that India will be funding at the rate of $2 million each. This $20 million investment promises to create a close university-university collaboration on knowledge and involve sector specific industries to share their expertise.
In 2014, anthropologist John Ziker released the results of a faculty time-use study, which found that the average professor spent 60 hours a week working, with 30% of that time dedicated to email and meetings. Reports hint that this allocation has only gotten worse over the past five years.
The knowledge economy is systematically undervaluing uninterrupted concentration and overvaluing the convenience and flexibility offered by new technologies.
Higher education can lead the way in turning back the tide of electronic chatter that threatens to overwhelm us. Do we have the will to protect what’s important against the pull of what’s easy?
Many researchers turn to the business sector to do some good in the world, with financial gain a secondary or tertiary motive. And start-up founders don’t necessarily make a large amount of money. Although they might own most of the company when it launches, over time, the value of founders’ shares is often reduced by new investors with deeper pockets.
Although there’s no way to ensure that any new company will be a blockbuster, business-savvy scientists can maximize their chances of success. Learning what the market requires, along with other aspects of entrepreneurship, might not feel as strange as scientists might think
In recent years, a handful of Chinese companies have emerged as global innovators and have garnered a lot of attention.These companies are challenging the R&D strategies of foreign companies to keep up with the pace in China, and they are providing valuable lessons on how to make ideas commercially viable.
But there’s a less obvious force to be reckoned with in China: thousands of innovative companies that are quietly disrupting numerous industries, overtaking incumbents, and developing new products and business models. These emerging innovators are not easy to identify — yet they pose real threats, often in unexpected places.
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