EDUCAUSE 2013 conference roundup

The 2013 EDUCAUSE conference featured more than 250 exhibitors and nearly 7,500 registered attendees discussing everything from MOOCs to data security to social media.

Big Data was an oft-discussed subject at the conference.

If it had to do with instructional technology, it was part of the conversation at EDUCAUSE.

And eCampus News was there in Anaheim, Cal., bringing you daily updates, interviews, and announcements from the conference floor. You can find all of our EDUCAUSE 2013 coverage below, and be sure to keep coming back to this page as we update it with more stories during the week ahead.

Remedial placement meets adaptive learning
McGraw-Hill Education is using its ALEKS adaptive learning software to address inaccurate remedial math placements at colleges and universities.

New grants aim to spur ed-tech innovation
Want to develop an app that can recommend the best courses, videos, or other resources for your students, based on their specific needs and interests? There’s a new grant for that. Ed-tech firm Instructure is giving $100,000 in grants to K-12 and higher-education projects that use technology in creative ways.

Restoring the ‘American Dream’ with online learning
Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University says the “American dream” is in danger, but it could be saved through online learning.

Is Big Data too ‘messy’ for higher education?
The collection of data in higher education will never produce a single formula for success, no matter how much students clamor for such a miracle algorithm.

MOOC: ‘Every letter is negotiable’
What’s in a name? What’s in an acronym? Lots, it turns out, and every letter can have different meanings, according to these EDUCAUSE  panelists who ask the question: “To MOOC, or not to MOOC?”

Key campus technology challenges ‘no longer about IT’
The top challenges facing campus technology leaders today “are no longer about IT,” says Casey Green, founding director of the Campus Computing Project. “Technology is almost linear by comparison” to all of the other demands that campus IT leaders face, such as managing people, policies, priorities, and egos, Green says.

Computing on campus: ‘An accidental revolution’?
A panel examines a 1981 report called “The Accidental Revolution,” which proposed that advances in computing on college campuses have been largely unplanned and unanticipated. Can the same be said today?

Income gap developing between campus IT professionals
Chief information officers on college campuses have seen their annual income increase by 1.4 times more than the lowest paid IT staffers, a report says.

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