news roundup

New ways to improve online classes and CBE programs

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week

news-roundupEach Friday, I’ll be bringing you a recap of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

I can’t fit all of our news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed.

In this week’s news:

6 revelations on faculty roles within competency-based programs

When it comes to competency-based programs in today’s myriad array of higher-ed institutions, faculty spend most of their time on curriculum design, and have the most concerns about advising and mentoring.

Less could mean more for a campus network

In deciding how to protect a university network and optimize their performance, IT departments often face a choice: Go with best-of-breed applications for each service, even if integration sometimes poses a headache, or opt for an all-in-one solution that wraps multiple services into a neat bundle. When the headaches start to outweigh the performance benefits of standalone solutions, the all-in-one approach can look mighty attractive.

How to make online classes accessible

According to professors at Montana State University (MSU), incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes—but how to implement?

Community colleges struggle to compete with industry for instructors

Alabama’s Calhoun Community College recently created a process control technology program to train people for high-tech, high-level industry jobs, like those that will be available at the recently announced GE Aviation plant in Limestone County. But finding qualified instructors has been a problem.

Laura Ascione