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Top higher-education technology news: February 2013

The February issue of eCampus News focuses on Campus IT Suppot and Learning Analytics.

The nation’s largest MOOC platform says it will offer certification to students who complete its courses … Colleges turn to learning analytics programs to boost student retention … Campus CIOs have a new roadmap for success: These are among the top higher-education technology stories in the February 2013 edition of eCampus News.

Our February digital edition is now available online. You can browse the full publication here, or click on any of the headlines below to read these highlights:

Learning analytics aim to boost student retention, outcomes

As policy makers focus on boosting college completion rates, learning analytics is a field that has exploded in importance. A number of programs now exist to help instructors and campus leaders track student progress more closely, leading to better student outcomes…

A road map for college CIOs

Colleges and universities are facing new market forces, such as online education and MOOCs, that challenge the traditional ways they recruit students, raise money, and deliver services, a new report says—and the role of the college CIO is also changing…

Coursera will offer certificates for MOOC completion

Coursera, a company that partners with universities to create and offer massive open online courses (MOOCs), has announced plans to offer students verified certificates for the completion of select MOOCs for a slight fee…

Colleges help students scrub their digital footprint

Syracuse, Rochester, and Johns Hopkins are among the universities that offer online reputation-building tools to their students free of charge, realizing that ill-considered web profiles of drunken frat parties, prank videos, and worse can doom graduates to a lifetime of unemployment…

MIT innovation could personalize eLearning

Critics of online education programs commonly refer to the perceived disconnect these create between students and instructors, but a new crowdsourcing system that offers students personal feedback could help alleviate these concerns…

More college profs are ‘flipping’ how they teach

A new wave of college instructors are rethinking the college lecture hall, finding better ways to spot students’ weaknesses, helping them practice new ways of thinking, and shoring up basic materials—often with the aid of new tech tools…

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