New trend has massive implications for personalized learning

Research has shown repeatedly that humans learn more rapidly and deeply from experiences, rather than from a lecture or a book. However, many institutions struggle with the resources needed to meet this new mandate for personalized instruction, thanks to lack of funding and widespread teacher shortages.

The good news is, technologies like cloud, big data, mobility, and augmented and virtual reality are converging to enable unprecedented levels of personalization in education. Much like the introduction of PCs and internet connectivity into classrooms, these technologies are helping institutions do more with less, and are accelerating and improving the learning experience.

The convergence of these technologies is leading to “Digital Cohesion,” a future in which technology anticipates the needs of users and seamlessly delivers services on demand.…Read More

5 brilliant ways top universities are handling Millennials’ web needs

The proliferation of connected devices (Gartner predicts that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020) is coming with a generation of people who will leverage the internet in novel ways. Already, online courses and web-based resources are an everyday option on campuses all over the country thanks to Millennials’ web needs.

To handle this new digital paradigm, universities are coming up with new ways to leverage students’ expanding use of technology and adapt their networks to meet new demands. Current teaching styles and innovative campus technologies supporting these Millennials’ needs are leading to a shift in how higher education plans and deploys its IT infrastructure.

Universities that are meeting Millennials’ needs:…Read More

Wayne State University targets retention and graduation rates

Administrators and staff at Wayne State University are dedicated to helping students succeed. But accessing student-level data to guide their strategy was challenging. Pre-formatted online reports provided limited insight, and working through IT was time-consuming. To solve these issues and quickly create and share interactive reports, Wayne State uses SAS® Visual Analytics with Hadoop.

Located in Detroit, Wayne State serves more than 27,000 students. Using SAS Visual Analytics to dig into massive amounts of data stored in Hadoop, the university analyzes details on enrollment, demographics, classes, students and more. Among the dashboards the university creates are retention and graduation rates by different cohorts, admissions, peer comparisons and overall university enrollment. Administrators can see all these views on one screen and easily analyze variables.

In just five months using SAS, Wayne State was able to recreate and modernize 80 percent of its old, non-drillable reports (that previously had taken five years to create) into new interactive reports and dashboards.…Read More

The next generation of wireless services: Super-fast 5G

Federal regulators recently opened the door to the next generation of wireless services, making the U.S. the first nation to allocate a wide swath of airwaves to deliver super-fast 5G access.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to clear the way for mobile devices to send and receive signals over high-frequency spectrum that has had only limited uses until recent technological advances.

The agency also laid the groundwork to auction a large amount of that spectrum to wireless companies while allowing more open or shared uses of the rest–all with flexible rules in hopes of duplicating the regulatory environment that helped fuel innovation in the existing fourth-generation networks.…Read More

How 3 colleges are embracing Pokémon Go for campus engagement

Pokémon Go–the popular augmented reality game from Nintendo that’s sweeping the U.S. has caught the eye of several creative professionals at colleges using the CampusBird Interactive Map and Virtual Tour platform.

Pokémon Go Guilford 

The team first got wind of the Pokémon Go + CampusBird activity from the following Tweet from Guilford College.  And (as map/tech geeks do), we had to explore further.…Read More

Trend: Online learning going personal

Personalized support and advising achieved through new advances in technology and data analytics are all recommended for helping today’s online students.

In a recent online learning panel, innovative institutions that have achieved measurable success in their online learning programs waxed poetic on how harnessing technology to bolster personalized learning experiences is the key to online learning’s success; specifically in helping students advance toward their educational goals and create a culture of success.

The panel was part of A recent webinar hosted by The New Media Consortium (NMC) called “Getting Personal,” and featured insight from college and university IT and technology leaders on how advancements in online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies are making it possible to support learners’ individual paths.

“There are so many different things involved when you start to talk about personalized learning and putting those tools together,” said Dr. Vanessa Kenon, lecturer at the college of Education & Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “We’re trying to start from the beginning when students come in for the admissions process…getting all their degree plans laid out so that they can actually see how long it’s going to take them and what the cost is for them if they decide to make changes. It’s an approach that integrates those degree plans with the students getting the right kind of advising they need and a more personalized approach to getting them in the right courses…and try to get them to finish in four.”…Read More

Cengage sees digital sales outpace print

New milestone marks first time that more digital units are sold than print textbooks

For its fiscal year 2016, Cengage Learning reported that digital unit sales outpaced print textbook sales for the first time. For the 12 months ending March 31, 2016, Cengage Learning activated 3.5 million digital student experiences, up 12 percent from the prior year.

“Fiscal 2016 marks an important milestone for Cengage Learning as we transition from a traditional print publisher to a digital education company,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer at Cengage Learning. “Our financial turnaround is well underway, fueled by significant digital growth over the past year. At our core, we are committed to improving the student experience, which has focused and inspired every aspect of our organization.”

MindTap, Cengage Learning’s flagship digital teaching and learning solution, recognized growth in activations of 136 percent for the year. MindTap is the most flexible and innovative platform in the market and learners using the digital courseware are exhibiting increased engagement and better results. Students who spend at least three hours in MindTap each week are twice as likely to get 90% or above on their assignments. MindTap now covers more than 550 courses, or approximately 60 percent of Cengage Learning’s product portfolio.…Read More

Tablets will see a decline, then increase in 2018

After a decline, tablet shipments will pick up due to the emergence of detachables

Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline for the second straight year in 2016, dropping 9.6 percent compared to 2015 volumes, according to a new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast.

The tablet market in totality has seen its peak and will face down years in 2016 and 2017, followed by a slight rebound in 2018 and beyond driven by detachable tablet growth. Right now the detachable category only accounts for 16 percent of the market and IDC expects it to reach 31 percent in 2020.

Tablet life cycles have proven to be more like PCs a few years back, which is likely to be somewhere around four years. Tablet manufacturers, both large and small, are slowly shifting focus toward the detachable tablet market segment, which has quickly resulted in increased product offerings, lower average selling prices (ASPs), and broadened consumer awareness for the category.…Read More

How a telepresence robot is sparking engagement

A new technology enables both interactive communication and observation capabilities with a telepresence robot platform.

Educators and students are exploring a new way to remotely observe and interact with colleagues and peers with a telepresence robot that enables face-to-face communication.

Using Kubi, from Revolve Robotics, users download an app onto a tablet and connect the tablet to Kubi using Bluetooth. The tablet sits on a robotic platform. Other users can then “navigate” to Kubi with a browser. This lets them control the robot remotely over the web, including moving it for face-to-face communication.

The technology has opened up numerous possibilities at both the K-12 and higher-ed levels, where remote observation and communication can come in handy.…Read More

Mobile learning converges with competency-based

Software developed at the University of Central Florida is powering a new way of learning

Today’s student expects their learning experience to be as mobile-centric as they are. DreamDegree is an educational experience that serves up course content to students in their individual learning style, when they are ready and where they spend the most time – on their mobile devices. And technology developed at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at UCF is supporting this interactive mobile learning experience.

California-based SignificantTechnology, LLC licensed the technology developed by David Metcalf, Ph.D. and his research team in the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at IST to support its existing cloud-based learning tool. In addition to assisting the adaptive learning experience, the UCF technology uses the principals of gamification to reinforce learning objectives by encouraging students to work as a team in competitive environments.

SignificantTechnology Founder, Michael K. Clifford, Ph.D. said, “DreamDegree™ is the best of competency-based education powered by adaptive learning available on a mobile cloud-based platform. We believe this licensed technology from UCF will help improve communication between students and their professors and the overall learning experience for students.”…Read More

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