How colleges and universities embrace technology

Digital technologies have changed the way that college students and prospective students do everything from applying to school and enrolling in courses, to participating in class and taking exams.

Distance Learning is Revolutionizing Education, but There Is More To Be Done

Distance learning can only continue to revolutionize education in the United States if we can continue to innovate and invest in new technologies and services without unnecessary regulatory burdens.

What MOOCs Teach Us

Three years ago, several of us at Stanford launched the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs. We wanted to make the teaching of the world’s great universities accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The company we founded, Coursera, recently passed a milestone: 10 million enrolled learners. That makes it a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned.

What To Change About Teaching and Learning in 2015

Kyle D. Bowen, Penn State University's Director of Education Technology Services, is a leader in the development of technology for the enhancement of teaching and learning. His work has focused on tools that support student engagement and success, both in his current role at PSU and in his previous post at Purdue University, where he led the development of the Purdue Studio applications.

How are Tech Managers Responding to Google Glass & Other Wearables?

As wearables gain market acceptance, technology managers on campus want to know when—and in what wearble—to invest. What will be obsolete? How should ROI be reframed?

A Wave Crests: Silicon Valley, Postsecondary Education And A Half-Trillion Dollars

It’s easy to forget that these are early days for the Internet. We still have different ideas on what it is or how it should work. The web is governed by an iterative improvement process that moves faster than any other invention in human history. Ed tech is no exception. I’d like to direct your attention to an interesting phenomenon: since 2012, most ed-tech companies have quietly rewritten their product promise from unbridled learning for learning’s sake to a path to a job or career goal — website copy now essentially says “jobs, jobs, careers, jobs.”

Common Core: Cure or curse for students?

Advocates for Common Core standards say that the educational changes are bold and necessary for the nation's students to be successful in competing with students around the world. Opponents, however, say the standards are nothing more than federal overreach into a state and local jurisdiction, which does not provide the educational requirements essential for student success.

Get a Free Active Learning Classroom from Steelcase Education

North American schools and universities have an opportunity to outfit an active learning classroom for free through a new grant program from Steelcase Education. Open to schools in the United States and Canada from grade 6 to the college/university level, the grant program will fund and research up to 15 Active Learning Centers per year. The deadline for grant proposals is Feb. 27, 2015; awardees will be announced in April.

Embracing Technology Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

"Young adult workers should be prepared to approach the workplace from a new angle, in which education, creativity, and technological literacy are essential," the report says. "Unless we significantly alter our education pathways and address our country’s digital divides, much of the future positive value and meaning experienced in the workforce by this generation will be felt inequitably – perhaps more so than in the past."

E-Learning Software Tops Educator Shopping List

While half of schools already use e-learning software and online homework portals, another 29 percent expect to add or update that in their classroom arsenals. The story is similar for classroom management software. Half of classrooms have it; and 19 percent expect to get it or upgrade what's in place.

Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015 - Infographic

An infographic from cloud-based learning management services provider TalentLMS, describes some edtech trends to follow in 2015 such as Big Data, Gamification, Personalization, M-Learning, and APIs.

What Are MOOCs Good For?

A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these “massive open online courses” stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education. Their interactive technology promised to deliver top-tier teaching from institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, not just to a few hundred students in a lecture hall on ivy-draped campuses, but free via the Internet to thousands or even millions around the world.

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Save Higher Ed

Some college faculty members believe investing in education technology such as computers and digital projectors will cause more harm than good. Not that professors have completely resisted the trend. Nearly 75 percent have tried a new technology in their classes in the past year, according to a survey of 1,600 of them...

Can a school district’s technology program lift a rural Alabama town out of poverty?

Students in Piedmont have had more access to computers and the Internet since 2009, when the district adopted a one-to-one laptop program in its oldest grades. Since then, the district has been adding online courses, and in 2012 it installed a wireless network over the entire town, so that students and their families can access the Internet at home.

FCC Passes $1.5 Billion E-Rate Funding Boost

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed Internet.


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