Developed in collaboration with Intel, Dell’s Education Data Management (EDM) service is a predictive decision support system that colleges and universities can use to collect and analyze data about students, faculty, alumni, and donors, so they can turn these insights into action, Dell said.

EDM includes a customizable student retention module that uses predictive analytics to monitor and score student progress and generate timely alerts, and Illinois’ Harper College is using the technology as part of its student retention efforts, the company said.

Content provider Cengage Learning said it’s working on a new version of its MindTap product for release next year. MindTap is an online service that lets instructors create a personalized “learning path” for students, and the new version will take this customization even further, Cengage said.

For instance, the problem sets that students might see would vary, depending on who those students are. A premed student would see chemistry questions presented in a context that is relevant to him, while a chemical engineer would see questions based on her need to know the material.

Versions of the product for teaching U.S. history and chemistry are being piloted by a handful of colleges this year, Cengage said.

Other key trends

Collaborative learning was another key higher-education trend that EDUCAUSE exhibitors sought to address.

For instance, Extron showcased its TeamWork 400 system, a complete, pre-configured digital collaboration system for groups of up to four users. The package includes four HDMI “Show Me” cables, a switcher, a system controller, and a cable enclosure. Users connect a “Show Me” cable to their computer or tablet, then press the “Share” button to display their screen to the group.

As soon as the TeamWork system detects a connected source, it automatically turns on the display. The TeamWork 400 system is configured for easy installation with virtually any furniture system, Extron says.

Another trend in higher education today is the move toward “competency-based learning,” in which students receive credit based on what they know, not how long they have been in class. LoudCloud, an intelligent teaching and learning platform powered by “behavioral analytics,” previewed a new solution intended to help colleges with this shift.


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