It was my first time at OEB where I joined my team and spent three crazy days full of tech inspiration and pep talks to smart people. You can’t even imagine what a striking feeling I had introducing new AI/machine learning technology EMMA (authorship definition). So now I would like to say a few words about the conf, what we liked, as well as what could be improved.
We all know that these are educators who are responsible for giving students the knowledge. It looks like studying at university without them is next to impossible. Despite it sounds very strange, there is one university without teachers. This revolutionary school is named 42, the answer to the meaning of life taken from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The school was founded by the French billionaire Xavier Niel. The school helps students become software developers. When students finish their studies, they’re supposed to be able to code most of programs – from simple calculator to sophisticated plagiarism detection software.
Education has long gone digital. Educators successfully use online platforms to exchange feedback with their students, share assignments, plan their lessons or check for plagiarism. Nevertheless, there are countless free software options available online, using them still entails some hidden costs. Actually, average expenses can reach up to 3,000 dollars per teacher. The hidden fees are usually associated with some additional features or expanding the number of users.
Student led conferences have recently replaced teacher-parent ones. There are many reasons of that phenomenon. Before attending teacher-led conferences, parents are prepared to hear teacher’s reprimands and a call to action – tell their children off. At the same time, teachers feel uncomfortable either because they mainly should talk about the pupil’s drawbacks and how to improve them, or they explain their marks basis. That kind of meeting is not efficient, and student led conferences solve that problem. Moreover, preparation takes time, and instead of checking student papers, teachers spend their time on a red tape.
There is a new milestone in the development of education now. Plagiarism is a pivotal problem many higher educational institutions face today. To use plagiarism checkers has become vital for the academic cheating detection. However, it is not the only challenge they should be ready to take on.
Today, 5 million students study abroad. The increase of international student mobility influences world economy and improves international relations. The main reasons to leave their own country and go abroad may be different, yet it is interesting to know students’ incentives to get international experience. Students learn different cultures, languages and get experience of working with different software. There are 4 main trends that are likely to have the strongest impact on a student mobility.
How a good teacher looks like? What qualities does he/she have? There is a big list of qualities, skills and knowledge every teacher should have. Besides, every student may have their own image of a great teacher. So many men, so many minds.