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“Impact Investing: Profit with Purpose” was created in partnership with Asha Impact, one of India's leading impact investment and policy advocacy platforms. The 4-week online course has been designed to provide an understanding of:
Financial instruments and techniques used to fund social enterprises
Impact measurement components, tools, and frameworks
Current market trends and key players of the impact investing ecosystem
Key challenges in impact investing industry and how to unlock opportunities to invest in social and environmental impact
Impact Measurement: An Interview with The Bridgespan Group
In this interview, Michael Etzel and Mariah Collins from the Bridgespan Group, a leading social impact advisor to nonprofits and NGOs, philanthropists, and investors, share some insights on impact measurement with one of our course educators.
"Jeremy: How can we make existing research evidence more accessible/digestible to impact investors to help them develop appropriate impact goals and metrics for their portfolio?
Michael and Mariah: There is an incredible amount of research and evidence available in the world—by one estimate there are 2.5 million studies on various products, services, and interventions published every year. Development agencies, foundations, NGOs, and policymakers have pioneered the use of research to guide funding for social programs with proven results. This “what works” movement has gained momentum at a time when the social sector increasingly strives to achieve measurable outcomes—real change in people’s lives—not outputs—such as headcount of people served. The hunger for evidence of what works...."
Self-Regulated Learning in Refugee Entrepreneurship Education: A University-Based Program for Tibetan Entrepreneurs in India
Gopa Nayaka, Isabel M. Salovaara, and Jeremy Wade
This article presents a case study evaluation of an entrepreneurship education (EE) program for Tibetan refugees in India. In the context of both calls for and critiques of entrepreneurial support strategies for refugee communities, the authors of this study used mixed methods and ethnographic approaches to reflect upon the delivery and reception of the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development initiative’s preincubation training program during its third cycle. Two innovative features of this program—its use of the material and intellectual resources of a university to support the refugee-entrepreneurs and its pedagogical emphasis on self-regulated learning—might serve as a model for similar initiatives among refugee groups in South Asia and beyond. Examining the participants’ evolving entrepreneurial visions of themselves and their community, we offer critical reflections on the program’s successes and areas for improvement.
6 Key Trends to 21st Century Teaching
This EdSurge research guide, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, explains some new teaching approaches catching on at today’s campuses around the world.
1. More professors are shifting from textbooks to open educational resources
The 2017-2018 survey on teaching materials in U.S. higher education shows a steady growth in awareness of open educational resources (OER). Responses from over 4,000 faculty and department chairpersons paint a picture of steady improvement, with almost 50% of faculty now reporting OER awareness. Read more.
2. Flipped classrooms seem to be growing exponentially
“The number of publications on flipped learning is doubling every 16 months...an increase in flipped learning research suggests a similar growth in the practice since many of the papers detail experiments by the authors in their own classrooms."
3. More professors are looking to experts to help them teach. (Though some resist.)
By 2016, there were an estimated 13,000 instructional designers on U.S. campuses, according to a report by Intentional Futures. And that number seems to be growing.
4. The classroom isn’t the only place to learn
Among the examples: experiments with putting office hours online to get students to show up, bringing virtual reality to science labs to broaden what students could explore there, and changing how homework and tests are written.
5. Universities are still struggling to find the best fit for online education
And in an era of intense political polarization, colleges and professors are looking for best to train students to become digitally literate so they can play their roles as informed citizens. But just how to do that is up for debate, though some are looking for a nonpartisan solution.