Colleges are using innovative technologies to advance student learning.

As educational technology becomes more prevalent in higher education, administrators are hoping to improve student outcomes, boost their school’s visibility and prestige, and aid in student recruitment and retention. Here’s how four institutions are doing just that.

1. Rhodes College (Memphis, Tenn.)

Here’s what Robert M. Johnson, Jr., vice president of student and information services and chief information officer, had to say:

Rhodes College has used digital assets management technology to make its educational ‘footprint’ much larger than one would expect from a college smaller than 2,000 students. Rhodes has used Fedora and DSpace, both open-source digital asset management systems, to provide access and preservation options for documents, images, video, datasets, maps, and audio files.

“Fedora is the backend software for Rhodes College’s Crossroads to Freedom, which houses student and community collaborative projects.

“Additionally, based on an aggregation of scores related to the size, visibility, number of ‘rich files,’ and scholarship potential, the D-Space installation, a repository named DLynx, is ranked No. 80 in the United States and No. 407 internationally, according to The Ranking Web of Repositories.”



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