By Matt Reed

Ambiguities that need addressing.

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By Joshua Kim

Why I’m showing up at your office.

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By Ana Dinescu

Getting in better intellectual shape.

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By Marcelo Knobel

If considered with caution rankings can provide important information and lead to a better understanding of the complexities of the higher education scenario.

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By Elena Aguilar

Elena Aguilar
Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

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By Amy Erin Borovoy

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
Strong relationships between families and teachers are critical for successful students, but where do you begin to build them? VideoAmy offers up resources and a playlist of videos about parent engagement.

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By Megan-Kinsey-835696

Megan Kinsey
For a successful school-wide blended learning program, administrators should remove obstacles, let teachers lead, and remain engaged with the process as well as the results.

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By Glen Tripp – 94042

Glen Tripp
Teach the mindset of innovation through example, iteration, failure, and reflection, and cultivate your students’ curiosity and determination to try something different.

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By By The Learning Network

On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.

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By By Michael Gonchar

Do your parents limit how much time you spend on technology? Do they set limits on the types of things you are allowed to do with screens?

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By By Michael Gonchar

Why did 5,000 former players sue the N.F.L.?

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By By Katherine Schulten

Below are six paragraphs from the Sept. 10 article “Microsoft Sees More Than Fun in a Game Like Minecraft.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?

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By Jake New

Two weeks after president called for preserving campus as platform for all ideas, more than 30 student groups protest appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali — a women’s rights activist and a vocal, often controversial critic of Islam.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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By Ry Rivard

As the newly independent University of Oregon searches for a new president, faculty and staff unions say it’s being too secretive.

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By Scott Jaschik

Unemployment was up in 2010, but is down in 2013.

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By Paul Fain

A new shade on lead generation includes assessments, online courses and mentors to help ensure that students can succeed once they enroll.

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By Scott Jaschik

Professor fired by Israeli university in West Bank explains why he feels allied with the controversial scholar denied a job by the University of Illinois.

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Amir Hetsroni

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By Michael Stratford

States last year kept their spending on student aid roughly the same — but they continued to invest more heavily in grant programs based on financial need rather than merit.

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By By The Learning Network This word has appeared in 77 New York Times articles in the past year.

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By Natascha Chtena

Books to help new TAs develop their classroom skills.

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By Zaid Ali Alsagoff

33% of the S&P 500 CEOs’ undergraduate degrees are in engineering, and only 11% are in business administration.”
- Business Insider 2013

PROF MUSHTAK AL-ATABI

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi is currently the Dean of School of Engineering at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. He is a passionate educator, innovator and has an exceptional drive to challenge the status quo, and inspire students to discover and unleash their true potential. He is most known for pioneering the use of the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) educational framework in Malaysia, and offering one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Asia in 2013.

Click here to discover more about him and his exceptional work.

THINK LIKE AN ENGINEER

Why should you read Think Like an Engineer?

Today, we are for spoilt for choice on books exploring the mind (and Neuroscience of the brain) and how we can unlock our amazing potential through rethinking the way we think, which include positive thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, growth mindset, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), law of attraction, creative/critical thinking, etc. So, why this book?

Coming from a non-engineering background, it was really refreshing to explore Think Like an Engineer, which introduced me for the first time to CDIO process, and how it can be applied to solve everyday challenges and unlock the inherent values in them.

More interestingly, Think Like an Engineer goes beyond that to explore passionately and creatively how the brain works (Brainology), emotional intelligence, ergonomics (Human Centred Design), communication, teamwork, project management, entrepreneurship and innovation, encouraging failure (to innovate), structured problem solving, and engineering holistic education.

Alright, most of the items above can be Googled or found it other books, but what really inspired me to read Think Like an Engineer from start to end, was re-experiencing with my imagination Prof Mushtak’s captivating personal stories and unique techniques he uses to systematically and creatively rewire students brains to develop an entrepreneurial mindset with a healthy, caring and positive outlook.
For example, Prof Mushtak outlaws the P-word (PROBLEM) in his courses and replaces it wherever it appears in the curriculum with either “OPPORTUNITY” or “CHALLENGE”. To encourage students to stop using the P-word, he has created what he calls the “OPPORTUNITY NOTE“. If they keep their promise of not using the P-word throughout the semester, he will personally sign this special note for them.

In his Emotional Intelligence course, students are required to “brain rewire” a positive mindset by reporting 5 things that they were grateful for on a daily basis for a period of 18 weeks (adapted from Ben Shahar’s gratitude journal reporting technique).
Think Like an Engineer provides many examples on how his unique techniques (and passion) has worked with transforming the mindset of especially Asian and Malaysian students, which I find more relevant and contextualized than reading how successful people like Steve Jobs has created a dent in the Universe.
Finally, Think Like an Engineer also provides some insights on how he has explored his learning and mindset techniques online through MOOCs (using the OpenLearning platform), and how thousands of students joining his MOOCs from more than one hundred countries have been impacted positively from them.

MOOCIFY

To find out more, you might want to explore these two MOOCs offered by Prof Mushtak:

What I found most perplexing and astonishing with Prof Mushtak (after getting to know him) is that he is not exactly the most tech savvy educator I have come across, but through his amazing drive and passion to transform and prove people wrong, he is facilitating one of the most inspiring and dynamic MOOCs that I have come across.
His student enrollment numbers (2,000+ per course) cannot compete yet with the kings of Coursera, Edx, Udacity, etc., but the quality and personal touch he provides by every day engaging with students using various tools on OpenLearning, especially through chat….Makes his courses second to none!
After discovering him online, I have also got to know him offline, too. I have learned a lot from him since, but I have also made sure he picks up a few tricks from me, too. Like juggling balls!
We both have a passion to share what we learn, so that is a good start :)

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By Matt Reed

The impact of population shifts.

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By Joshua Kim

Thoughts after getting a bit of distance from distance learning.

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By John Warner

Do not go to grad school thinking you’ll become your favorite professor someday.

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By Herman Berliner

My blog for this week will be my actual Welcome Week 2014 speech to the Class of 2018.

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By Tracy Mitrano

A question about the Internet.

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By Susan O’Doherty

The joy of activities.

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By Beth Holland – 49983

Beth Holland
When introducing new technology in a 1:1 classroom, consider breaking the lessons and tasks into small increments with easily measurable products and goals.

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By Rebecca Alber

Rebecca Alber
Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

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By Becki CohnVargas – 94101

Becki Cohn-Vargas
Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not In Our School, presents five ways to empower and motivate young people to turn a climate of bullying into one of safety and acceptance.

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