Free iPads, With a Catch: They’ll Squeal if You Cut Class

"The university is planning to try out a new app, called Class120, to “ping” its students’ iPads during class periods. If GPS or the campus wi-fi network indicates that someone’s device is not present, the app will send the student an automated reminder, and may notify his or her academic coach as well. (At Lynn, students are expected to carry their iPads to classes.)" | 0 Comments


The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings

With the August 2014 debut of Money magazine’s Best Colleges, the ranks of rankers now include Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, and The Washington Monthly, along with employment-focused companies like LinkedIn, which introduced its University Rankings in October, and PayScale, which will release its sixth annual return-on-investment ranking in March, just before U.S. News publishes the latest edition of its Best Graduate Schools." | 0 Comments


Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks

"College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds." | 0 Comments


As High-Tech Teaching Catches On, Students With Disabilities Can Be Left Behind

"Though many colleges have set up procedures for converting traditional teaching materials, like printed textbooks, into accessible formats for students with disabilities, colleges are still figuring out how to adapt online materials. Mr. Blanck recalled the struggles of blind students he wrote about in his book. Courtney, for example, couldn’t take classes that required significant library research, and Blair couldn’t read certain texts for his physics classes. | 0 Comments


Anonymity of Yik Yak causes nationwide concern at universities

One of the fastest growing startups is being shut down on college campuses across the nation.
Yik Yak, an anonymous social media app that allows users to post public comments, or “yaks,” has become popular among college campuses since its launch in 2013. | 0 Comments


Professional Networking Makes People Feel Dirty

"For many of us, the idea of professional networking conjures unctuous thoughts of pressing the flesh with potential employers, laughing at unfunny jokes, and pretending to enjoy ourselves.

No wonder a recent study found that professional networking makes people feel unclean, so much so that they subconsciously crave cleansing products. The study, titled The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty, appeared in the December 2014 issue of Administrative Science Quarterly." | 0 Comments


Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them

"A new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found that 40 percent of the professors surveyed use or are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies. But of that 40 percent, only half—or 20 percent of the overall survey sample—have actually used them." | 0 Comments


3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education

"The Babson Survey Research Group released its annual online-education survey on Thursday. The Babson surveyors, Jeffrey Seaman and I. Elaine Allen, have been tracking online higher education since 2002, soliciting responses from chief academic officers at thousands of institutions." | 0 Comments

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

"Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable." | 0 Comments

Don’t call them “utility” rules: The FCC’s net neutrality regime, explained

"Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page order from 2010 that was mostly overturned by a court ruling last year." | 0 Comments


Hackers Use Old Lure on Web to Help Syrian Government

"To the young Syrian rebel fighter, the Skype message in early December 2013 appeared to come from a woman in Lebanon, named Iman Almasri, interested in his cause. Her picture, in a small icon alongside her name, showed a fair-skinned 20-something in a black head covering, wearing sunglasses." | 0 Comments


Microsoft’s New Outlook for iOS and Android Is Worth a Try

"As crazy as it sounds, the WSJ’s Joanna Stern writes, Microsoft Corp. may have created the best email app yet for the iPhone and Android phones. Microsoft Thursday released Outlook, really an updated version of the email startup Acompli which the company acquired last year. the app has support for Microsoft’s own Exchange, Outlook.com, Apple Inc.’s iCloud, Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., as well as other accounts." | 0 Comments


University eText platforms, open-source textbooks lower cost of learning

"With the rising cost of textbooks, which can cost hundreds of dollars every semester, more students are turning to e-books.
Milind Basole, principal eLearning professional at CITES, serves as a manager of the University’s textbook platform project. EText is a reading platform developed on campus, based off an Internet browser, for e-books and multimedia." | 0 Comments


Harmonia app brings music theory to life

The National Science Foundation granted $225,000 to Heinrich Taube, a music professor at the University, to continue the development of his computer application for teaching music theory.
The application, Harmonia, which is already available for free on iTunes, can automaticly analyze music, grade it, determine harmony and anomalies and provide instant feedback of the user’s performance. The best way to think about it, Taube said, is that it is a multimedia version of a textbook, where the examples can change. | 0 Comments


EDUCAUSE's 10 higher-ed IT issues in 2015

"Technology is becoming more important as campus leaders try to support business operations and improve student outcomes, according to the annual list of IT issues from higher-ed technology association EDUCAUSE. A panel of IT and non-IT leaders, CIOs, and faculty develop a list of top IT issues, and the EDUCAUSE community votes on the top 10." | 0 Comments


Virtual Reality Comes to the Web—Maybe for Real This Time

"Get ready to take the stage with Paul McCartney. If that’s not your thing, you can test-drive the latest SUV before it's available in showrooms or experience a movie as though you're in the scene. That's been the promise of virtual reality (VR) for years, although stepping into an immersive three-dimensional virtual world has always required expensive stereoscopic head-mounted displays and other specialized equipment." | 0 Comments

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