news roundup

The Friday 4: Your weekly ed-tech rewind

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 news and thought-provoking developments from the past week.

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

It seems that technology is always changing (well, it doesn’t just seem like it–technology IS always changing). And with that, higher education is poised to experience innovation, new teaching and learning tools, and ground-breaking research. This week, we’ve gathered some of the latest “new” strategies and ventures that promise to bring more excitement to higher education.

Read on for more:

Can a new social tool revamp stagnant flipped learning?
Flipping your class by having students watch lecture videos for their homework can lead to richer discussions about the content, but only if students come to class prepared. And having them watch a video lecture at home “simply takes a technique that didn’t work in person and puts in online,” said Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur.
Penn State professor developing artificial intelligence (AI) classroom
Ann Clements, associate professor and the Graduate Program Chair for Music Education in Penn State’s School of Music, is exploring how a virtual reality classroom featuring artificial intelligence (AI) “students” can be used as a training tool for pre-service student teachers. The AI-driven virtual classroom offers opportunities to practice various student engagement techniques that these pre-service teachers may not have had before.
Why colleges and universities are easy targets for hackers–and what to do about it
The complexity of college campus computer networks, combined with the number of users and the need for unrestrained access, opens the door for hackers to try their skills. Unlike business owners who can make decisions on what is and isn’t blocked from the internet, colleges and universities must operate a bit differently.
Faculty create 4 initiatives to boost student success
Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online are creating robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors.

Laura Ascione