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

Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

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

In this week’s news, higher-ed leaders are hoping to leverage the power of new technologies and trends to move their institutions forward. In one instance, a free learning-design tool could help faculty use their own course materials in adaptive learning. In another, a university is using virtual reality to help accepted students get an even more personalized campus perspective.

Read on for more:

Grant aims to leverage linked data for enhanced information access
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.

Can faculty get back pedagogical power in adaptive learning?
A free learning-design tool tries to make it possible for faculty to incorporate their own course materials in an adaptive learning environment; but are faculty really on-board?

A new type of student assessment emerges
A new, open source student assessment focused on developing core skills rather than passing or failing aims to transform the idea of student readiness.

University uses virtual reality for recruitment
The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business (the Barney School) has launched a virtual reality campaign in an effort to attract accepted students for the class of 2020 to enroll in this upcoming fall semester.

Laura Ascione