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April 29, 2016: Friday news roundup

Welcome to the weekend! Check out these articles for the latest on learning, teaching, and careers.

Professors hate online education. To save colleges, they have to learn to love it.
We’ve previously shared articles about how college faculty and administrators have been resisting the pull of online learning, even as their students are embracing it. Here, a professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland urges his colleagues to open their minds to what he sees as an inevitable move toward more web-based instruction.

Impress your new employer by solving problems they didn’t know they had
If you’re a creative thinker who likes puzzling through a tough challenge, employers will love you. This writer suggests looking at big problems in the workplace as perfect opportunities to take initiative and demonstrate your value.

Bill Gates: Ed tech has underachieved, but better days are ahead
The Microsoft founder has been talking about the education space a lot these days and using his tremendous influence to shine a light on how tech companies, in particular, can help improve schools in the U.S. and around the world. Udemy CEO Dennis Yang was at the ASU GSV Summit where Gates suggested focusing on three areas: effective personalized learning solutions, an evidence base that works, and adoption of proven technologies.

The career funnel is upside-down
The director of Hamilton College’s career center looks at recent research into why so many grads are “funneling” into the consulting, finance, and tech fields, and agrees with findings that colleges and universities themselves are to blame.

National Teacher of the Year: I was a teenage mom, and teachers changed my life
Here’s a wonderful feel-good story to take into the weekend. Read about Jahana Hayes, who realized her dream of becoming a high school history teacher, despite growing up in a disadvantaged area and becoming pregnant at age 17. She’ll visit the White House next week and then spend a year traveling the country “as an ambassador for a profession that has been battered and bruised by bitter debates over education policy.”

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