The 6 Major Barriers to Technology Adoption in Higher Ed

"Even as technology proliferates in education at unprecedented rates, new hurdles - including limitations of the human mind to keep up with technological advances - are throwing themselves in the way of effective implementation."


ADA Compliance for Online Course Design

"Providing multiple ways for students to gain knowledge, demonstrate knowledge, and interact goes a long way toward making a course accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. It is also helpful to know a bit about the thousands of assistive technologies that people with disabilities might use to provide input to the computer and gain access to the output." | 0 Comments


Illinois Issues: Hackers Expose Cybersecurity Holes In The State

"When Tim Soper received a letter from the Illinois Board of Elections in late September informing him that personal data from his voter registration may have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach, he chose to find the humor in the situation." | 0 Comments


OneDrive brings new file collaboration and management features to the enterprise

"Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while.

The company also launched a new Mac client for its business-focused cloud storage service that can be deployed outside the confines of the Mac App Store. Users will also be able to sync files from SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders to their desktops, like they have been able to for files that they own." | 0 Comments


Looking Beyond the LMS: Why a Single App Won't Work

"What will the next-generation learning management system look like? Will it just be the next iteration of Blackboard, Canvas or Moodle? Malcolm Brown, executive director of the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI), said his group started researching the topic and decided that was the wrong question.

"We soon realized the thinking that prompted that question was old and in a box. We needed to step outside that box," said Brown. He recalled talking to Randy Bass, vice provost for education at Georgetown University, who said, "If you are talking about a single application, I don't want to talk any further about that." | 0 Comments


Grading the MOOCs

"More than four years after Harvard and MIT launched the nonprofit learning platform edX, a joint research team from the two schools have released a report on the online classrooms.
What they found was increased participation by diverse participants, many of whom are teachers." | 0 Comments


Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having

"The pursuit of personalized education at a mass scale still drives a number of current technology initiatives in education. New technology is promised to level the playing field, effectively creating equal access to learning opportunities by democratizing information and instruction. Advocates hope that a technologyenabled shift (e.g., from teacher-based classroom interventions to personalized tablets and data-driven individualized learning plans) can provide a new incarnation of the one-teacher-one-student model— tailoring the learning experience to individual progress, interests, and goals. Classrooms could then be spaces in which advanced students and struggling students alike not only have their needs met, but are supported in the curious and creative pursuit of their own paths. Through personalized learning, these lofty goals seem within reach" | 0 Comments


Accessible Instructional Materials Bill Introduced with Higher Ed., Disability, Publishing, and Tech Groups’ Support

"the American Council on Education, and other higher education groups worked with the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Publishers, and the Software and Information Industry Association on proposals leading to the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HE) Act. Now before Congress, the bill replaces the TEACH Act with legislation having broad stakeholder support" | 0 Comments


Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

"This claim, of course, runs counter to our current understanding of social media’s role in the professional sphere. We’ve been told that it’s important to tend to your so-called social media brand, as this provides you access to opportunities you might otherwise miss and supports the diverse contact network you need to get ahead. Many people in my generation fear that without a social media presence, they would be invisible to the job market." | 0 Comments

The 2016 National Survey of eLearning and Information Technology in US Higher Education

"Eight years after the beginning of the Great Recession, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the CIOs and senior IT officers who participated in the 2016 survey report that IT funding at their campus “has not fully recovered from the budget cuts we have experienced over the past four-six years.” | 0 Comments


2016 Students and Technology Research Study

Students report that technology increases their levels of engagement with faculty, each other, and course content; enriches their academic experiences; and empowers them to take ownership of their learning. | 0 Comments


The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech

"This election cycle has revealed the deep, dark underbelly of all that technological progress. It’s shown us—and not for the first time—how the same communication tools that can connect strangers in far-flung parts of the world can also be used to disseminate gas chamber memes and death threats. "



University opens without any teachers

"A university without any teachers has opened in California. It’s called 42. The U.S. college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another’s work." | 0 Comments


Blackboard Acquires Accessibility Platform

"The Ally platform "provides educators with essential guidance for improving accessibility of their course materials, while supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of course content accessibility across the institution," according to a press release. The software automatically checks course materials for accessibility issues and generates supplemental material for students who need alternative file formats, such as semantic HTML, tagged PDF, audio, e-pub and electronic braille." | 0 Comments


To Improve Student Success, a University Confronts the Email Deluge

"Michigan State University is rethinking how it communicates with students, especially those who are freshmen or the first in their families to go to college. Sending hundreds of emails isn’t the best way — but what is?" | 0 Comments

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