5 gray areas of higher education’s reinvention

New innovations in higher-ed technology and practice are popping up daily in higher education’s reinvention—but that doesn’t mean they have seals of approval.

higher-education-reinventioneTextbook engagement analytics, cloud systems, career training programs, MOOCs, flipped learning, virtual worlds, game-based instruction…the list could continue for pages. And while institutions emphatically communicate that many of these technologies and practices part of higher education’s reinvention need further research, even some of the seemingly accepted innovations have yet to receive a clear green light.

These “gray areas” on campuses across the country often occur due to technology-based changes in social practices; and though college and university staff often are eager to incorporate these practices in the classroom or within administration, conflicts over institutional mission, student satisfaction or learning quality can occur.

For example, take online assessments: the ability for a student to take an assessment anywhere on a computer initially seems to benefit both the student (easy access) and assessment quality (adaptive functionality). Yet, after initial trials-and-errors, the verdict is still out thanks to major concerns over student cheating and identity verification.…Read More

10 higher education blogs worth following

These education technology-focused blogs are worth a few minutes of read time

blog-technology-educationBetween MOOCs, online learning and mobile technology, higher education is a booming topic across the country, with the internet often its most prolific forum.

Educators and other ed-tech aficionados hold large discussions about all things campus-related, whether it’s via Twitter or on personal blogs. And though these blogs often contain the most up-to-the-minute news on topics most valuable to faculty and administrators, much is left unseen due to time restrictions and limited searches.

To better help you and your campus keep connected to what’s happening in higher education ed-tech now, eCampus News presents 10 higher-ed blogs that have paved the way into transcending education news and trends.…Read More

5 technology trends poised to rock higher education

From the hottest tech degree to a tool for everyone, these trends are changing higher-ed in 2014-15

trends-higher-educationTrends like “devices,” “MOOCs,” and “Twitter,” are making the rounds in higher education, but what do these trends means for admin and students, and how are they affecting classroom practice and IT capabilities?

In this 2014 higher education trends report, we’ve talked with some of the country’s most tech-savvy professors to discuss the finer points of these broad issues.

For example, if devices are popular among students, which ones are most popular, and why does this matter? And if MOOCs were all the rage in 2013, what’s the new non-traditional mode of learning this year, and is it different?…Read More

This is the reason why higher-ed is dying

Cornell political scientist argues that Congress is to blame for crushing America’s higher-ed dream

higher-education-AmericanIn perhaps one of the most eloquent discussions on the problems facing higher education today, Suzanne Mettler, professor of American Institutions at the Department of Government at Cornell, argued that the polarization of Congress is quickly killing the American Dream-and why.

Mettler, author of the book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream, lead a discussion on how the demise of the promise of higher education is, fundamentally, a political failure.

“I was fascinated from my previous book about the G.I. Bill and its influence on providing access to college for typically below median income people and wanted to know why that access hasn’t changed since the 1970s,” said Mettler.…Read More

Professors: Here’s how to flip your classroom

Although the flipped classroom may not fit everyone’s teaching and learning style, the benefits are numerous

professors-flipped-classroom-benefitsEducators have been experimenting with and adopting new learning models now more than ever, as these innovative teaching strategies have the potential to enrich and advance student outcomes.

President Obama addressed this topic recently, noting that “a rising tide of innovation has the potential to shake up the higher education landscape,” while singling out flipped classrooms as one model among many worth considering.

With so many learning models emerging, many instructors are wondering if any of these new models are suited for their classroom and will live up to the hype to actually increase student success.…Read More

4 questions every institution needs to answer

New report on scarcity of “useful” postsecondary data details what questions higher-ed institutions should answer

questions, institutions, dataAccording to a new report, there are basic questions institutions, with access to internal data, need to be able to answer—for themselves and for prospective students and the community. It’s up to institutions, notes the report, to help combat rising college costs and stagnating rates of completion through better collection and dissemination of data.

The report, “Mapping the Postsecondary Data Domain: Problems and Possibilities,”produced by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says that while seemingly straightforward questions, such as “Which students have access to which colleges,” can’t easily be answered with current data available.

“A careful mapping of federal data systems against these questions shows that while we have a solid base of understanding in some areas, we fall far short in others,” notes the report.…Read More

10 new facts about students and distance education

IPEDS data system reveals that the perception of distance education may be exaggerated

distance-education-IPEDSAccording to a new analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the current national conception that distance education is “booming,” is an exaggeration, since only a low percentage of postsecondary students are enrolled in a distance education course.

The analysis, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), which brings higher-ed stakeholders and institutions to “improve the quality and reach” of eLearning programs, and based on the same methodology of Phil Hill of the e-Literate blog, is based off of IPEDS’ first time inclusion of data on students taking distance education courses in Fall 2012.

“With this data, we can finally get a comprehensive, objective look at the current state of distance education adoption nationally,” said Terri Straut of Ascension Consulting, who provided the analysis for WCET.…Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: The rise of mobile technology in higher education

Current stats, advice from experts give colleges and universities a grasp of higher-ed’s mobile influence

mobile-technology-educationAccording to numerous industry reports, as well as simple observation, mobile technology is booming in higher education. But do students still prefer laptops to tablets? What affect do tablets have on campus websites? How can universities create a killer app? Thanks to recent statistics, higher education can get a better handle on the influence of mobile technology.

In this infographic, you’ll find the most up-to-date information on the prevalence of mobile devices on campus, and how everything from the IT issues surrounding mobile devices to how faculty respond to the inclusion of mobile devices can affect implementation.

For example, did you know that even though use of tablets and smartphones is increasing, students still rate laptops as the most useful device? However, though laptops are currently students go-to device, tablets drive more traffic to campus websites than smartphones, accounting for 70 percent more page visits over smartphones.…Read More