On-demand video enriches student, faculty engagement

More than 30,000 hours’ worth of Babson’s on-demand video presentations were viewed last year.

In an age when “bring your own device” initiatives are  booming and flipped learning is gaining steam, many colleges believe that video is an ideal medium for delivering academic content.

Last year, Babson College students and faculty reportedly watched 30,000 hours of Brainshark on-demand video presentations outside of the classroom—a staggering number with numerous implications for the future of higher-education technology.

Looking to reduce costs, Babson initially enlisted Brainshark to inspire students and faculty members to create their own content more efficiently, instead of having to book time in an expensive recording studio. Brainshark’s cloud-based technology allows students and professors to add vocal commentary to PowerPoint presentations.…Read More

Spike in online enrollment not surprising to many

Three-fourths of public colleges and universities believe online courses are "critical" for long-term success.
Three-fourths of public colleges believe online courses are "critical" for long-term success.

The 2009 Sloan-C report on online education confirmed what campus officials have seen during the country’s economic downturn: Americans are flocking to web-based classes.

The seventh annual study, based on responses from more than 2,500 colleges and universities and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, reported a 17-percent increase in online course enrollment, with more than one-fourth of U.S. college students taking at least one web-based class during the fall 2008 semester.

Three-fourths of campuses with online programs said demand increased over the past year, and two-thirds of colleges that don’t offer web courses said students had requested online learning.…Read More