higher education

Faculty Say Online Programs ‘Cannibalize’ On-Campus Courses at George Washington University

Who oversees online programs at colleges? The question sparked an internal investigation at George Washington University, after a lawsuit last year raised questions about whether the academic quality of online programs was on par with their in-person versions.“There was concern among members of the faculty senate that little was known about online programs at the university, how large there were or how many there were,” says Kurt Darr, professor emeritus of hospital administration at GW. “The purpose was to investigate what we have and how it was being managed.”

?Anticipating and Addressing Challenges With Technology in Developmental Education

Colleges and universities in the United States are increasingly integrating technology into developmental education programs, which are designed to bring underprepared students up to college level. The uptick in tools used to address challenges with developmental education arrives both in response to state policy mandates as well as institutions’ own desire to improve student outcomes and conserve resources. Policymakers in Tennessee and Texas, for example, have explicitly encouraged the use of technology in developmental education reform.

?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. But up until last week, three of those publishers—Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning—were suing Follett over alleged counterfeit sales.

?Inside the Incubators: the Anatomy of a University Innovation Team

More than ever universities today are carving out fresh ways to bypass bureaucracy and drive innovation in higher education—and it’s working.Colleges are pioneering novel forms of credentialing and breakthrough education technologies for non-traditional learners around the globe. They are experimenting with more intensive ways to partner with the K-12 system and with employers, and they are creating new lines of revenue and educational business models.

More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

If 2012 was “The Year of the MOOC”—massive open online courses, usually offered for free—2017 could be “The Year of the Microcredential.”

A South Texas University Turns to Online Courses to Help Commuters, Students in Mexico

For the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, geography is everything. Split into two satellite campuses in South Texas—one in Edinburgh and another nearly 60 miles away in Brownsville—students and professors may commute more than an hour to get to their next class. And that’s just for those who live who live in the United States.

Can Technology-augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates?

According to a 2016 report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, only 40 percent of students finish their bachelor’s degree within four years, and only 60 percent graduate from the college they began at within six years of starting. And while gaps in graduation rates across “race and ethnicity are narrowing,” those based on “gender and income are increasing.”

In One Tech-Filled Writing Class, The Class Clown Is the Professor

Students in Mark Marino’s Writing 340 class at the University of Southern California say the professor always walks into the classroom with a smile, and always begins by giving out carrots.Specifically, he passes around a bag of baby carrots (the nibble-ready kind favored by toddlers) and encourages everyone to take one (along with a bottle of hand sanitizer). It’s one of the many unusual, often deadpan ways this professor approaches teaching by channeling the persona of the class clown.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow

It’s not uncommon for U.S. companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. Last year
the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”

As the University of South Africa Considers Predictive Analytics, Ethical Hoops Emerge

At the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria, the typical student experience could take place anywhere. As an “open distance learning” institution, students attending Unisa receive a course textbook and a study guide to direct them through course materials.

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