10 higher ed blogs worth the quick read in 2016

Deep thinkers in the higher ed-tech world share their thoughts on reinvention, the new IT model, management changes, and what really works in the classroom.

higher-ed-blogsThough Twitter is always good for a quick one-sentence thought-and-reply, it’s still blogs that evoke not only the most thoughtful opinion summations from its authors, but also attract a community committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue: two characteristics that lend well to higher education.

As colleges and universities across the higher education spectrum continue to experience dramatic shifts in practice in practically every aspect of the campus ecosphere, blogs can often provide a national sounding board for faculty, staff and stakeholders that are often siloed with their department or institution.

But which one to take the precious time left in the day to read?

Here, the editors of eCampus News have selected 10 vetted and well-read higher ed blogs that cover a range of topics, with a focus on education technology and IT topics. Know of some that didn’t make the list that you think are worth a mention? Be sure to leave your comments in the section provided below!

[Listed in alphabetical order]

1.Academic Tech Tips: Run by IT staff at Loyola University Chicago, this higher ed blog offers technical advice and how-to’s on apps, software workflows, lecture capture, and all areas that deal with issues of technical expertise.

2.Community College Roundtable: A higher ed-tech blog from eCampus News that solicits unedited blog posts from community college professors and administrators on innovation and the evolution of teaching, learning, and admin within their institutions.

3.Dr. Josie Ahlquist: Ahlquist is a prolific blogger, a student affairs educator, and received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program studying higher education leadership. She is interested in what technology can do from both the student and faculty perspective, and her posts showcase her research into social media trends’ influence on higher education.

4.e-Literate: Written and curated by Michael Feldstein, former Assistant Director at the SUNY Learning Network and current partner at MindWires Consulting, this higher ed blog features by-invitation-only bloggers with diverse backgrounds in e-learning and online learning, as well as blended learning and instructional technology.

5.EDUCAUSE Blogs: EDUCAUSE, a well-known resource for all in higher ed (and especially IT), the nonprofit association aims to connect IT professionals and help drive meaningful change in colleges and universities. EDUCAUSE staff “synthesize current topics and invite guest-bloggers to share their thoughts on a wide variety of issues and themes important to higher education,” notes the blog website. The association’s staff blogs on everything from cybersecurity to classroom practices, and invites readers to share their experiences and thoughts by commenting on blogs of interest.

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