10 août 2014

6 reasons campus networks must change

eCampus NewsBy . “Legacy,” in these exchanges, is shorthand for a technological solution that isn’t only outdated, but also inefficient, ineffective, and costly to maintain. Campus IT plans, in fact, often revolve around the best way to rid a school of legacy systems that were once the only option, but now stand in the way of ed-tech progress. More...

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eTextbooks are as polarizing as ever in higher ed

eCampus NewsBy . The survey, conducted by CampusBooks.com and released in July, showed that four in 10 students said they had been assigned an eBook for a college course, meaning non-print books have yet to crack the 50 percent threshold in higher education. More...

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Learning from MOOC mistakes, one click at a time

eCampus NewsBy . There are reams of data telling educators how students learn best online, what to avoid in designing a web-based course, and what needs to be done before students are consistently engaged. Perhaps none of that data is more detailed than the information analyzed in edX’s release of how 100,000 online students viewed course videos in its massive open online courses (MOOCs). More...

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Stunning changes are coming to university research—and why they’re important

eCampus NewsBy . There’s not a person in the higher education world who would tell you that research—the production of, dissemination of, and funding of—isn’t mission-critical for most colleges and universities. And now, thanks to innovative IT practices, admin-created projects and cutting-edge technology tools, today’s research-intensive universities are getting a much-needed 21st Century makeover. More...

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How to implement blended learning in higher education

eCampus NewsBy . A recent study made a great point about blended learning: It starts with a few interested faculty who experiment with the model, but often faculty and IT are at a loss in how to get the institution on board. Indeed, where does full-scale implementation start, and what do admin need to know? More...

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Rise in international students boosts universities' bottom line, diversity

Crain's Detroit BusinessBy . The number of international students at Michigan's universities has been rising steadily over the years, helping campus diversity and the universities' bottom line in an era of declining state funding.
A report by the Institute of International Education found there were 26,930 international students in Michigan last year, the ninth most of any state and up from 22,857 in 2008. More...

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College Discounting Does Students a Disservice

By Lucie Lapovsky. As nearly everyone’s aware, the price of tuition at a private college in the United States has gone up and up and up. The average list price at a private college today is over $30,000 a year; at one college in four it’s more than $40,000. (College Board Trends in College Pricing 2013) Most people don’t realize, however, that most students don’t pay nearly that amount because, on average, almost half of that tuition is being paid by the institution in the form of student aid. More...

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How Can Public Research Universities Pay for Research?

Remaking the UniversityBy Christopher Newfield. Higher ed policy is suffering through a long siege  of intellectual gridlock.  The default result is what I've been calling permausterity, a chronic funding shortage for public colleges that now rests on a chronic lack of confidence in the job they're doing.  This has become a vicious cycle that feeds itself.  
Making matters worse, faculty responses are fragmented, when faculty respond at all.  Some of the most eloquent voices are increasingly disenchanted: William Deresiewicz got so much pushback for his recent piece, "Don't Send your Kid to the Ivy League," in part because he seemed to be saying that even our premier universities are turning America's most successful students into mercenary sheep. More...

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The feds tried to rate colleges in 1911. It was a disaster.

By . Somewhere in the US Education Department, statistical experts and policymakers are at work on a highly controversial idea: a federal system to rate colleges based on their quality, much as Consumer Reports rates refrigerators.
Many colleges hate this idea, and it turns out the uproar is nothing new. The forerunner of the modern Education Department tried a similar idea in 1911. At the time, colleges opposed the federal quality ratings so bitterly that two American presidents eventually intervened to halt their publication.
Quality ratings spent 102 years as a third rail of higher education policy. Then, last August, President Obama revived the proposal for a federal rating system. He quickly found out the idea hasn't become any less controversial in the past century.
At the turn of the 20th century, college was for the elite. Less than 3 percent of the US population had a bachelor's degree in 1910; just 14 percent had even finished high school. More...

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BISG Higher Ed Study Shows Continuing Disruption

Technology continues to impact the way students and teachers are interacting with educational content, according to the latest survey from BISG.
The core study, Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, analyzes key trends in how students and faculty members acquire, assign, teach, and consume educational content in multiple media formats. The results from this year's study suggest that the “growing range of technological solutions for teaching and learning has meant that publishers have recast themselves as software companies offering learning platforms.” More...

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