higher education

Group Looks for New Ways to Peer Over the Edtech Horizon

A group of educators trying to get a handle on what’s coming next in technology are working to build a new type of organization to track edtech trends.The effort isn’t backed by any college, major philanthropy or membership organization. Rather it’s a loose group of volunteers with a website and a notion that a digital collaboration might fill a gap and offer new kinds of insights.

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance.

Last Year, Google Entered the Job Search Space. Now, It’s Entered the College Search Space.

Per a recent announcement, Google is entering the college search space. In a blog post, the tech company announced a new search feature where students can type the name of 4-year U.S. colleges and universities and get information regarding “admissions, cost, student life and more.”

Rethinking the Metrics of College Admissions

When we consider college access for low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented populations, little attention is put on rethinking the metrics considered in the admissions process. Sure, “holistic admissions” gives admissions officers some leeway to look beyond test scores and GPAs, but the needle has not moved for many groups of students.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Last fall I started my first day on the job as an embedded faculty member with a corporation—as a scholar-in-residence at Steelcase Education. But don’t be too impressed by the title; according to the employee system, I was just an intern.

Facebook’s Latest Higher Ed Push Part of Broader Trend

Facebook is teaming up with community colleges as part of a nationwide effort to teach digital-literacy skills to small-business leaders and others in cities.

Apple’s New Digital Student IDs Raise Questions About Security

Apple is rolling out digital student IDs.The company is working with two other companies, Blackboard and Assa Abloy, to bring the technology to Duke University, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma, which will deploy it this fall in time for their incoming classes, and to Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University, which will deploy it by the end of the 2018 calendar year.

Copy Machines in Libraries Are ‘Going the Way of the Dodo’—Slowly

The printed book just won’t die. But another print-based technology—the copy machine—is disappearing from many academic libraries, as librarians swap the old dime-eating machines for multi-function devices that scan texts and send copies to students via email. “Copiers seem to be going the way of the dodo, slowly,” says Stephanie Walker, dean of libraries and information resources at the University of North Dakota.

Facebook’s Teachable Moment: What Higher Ed Can Do to Improve User Behavior

I changed my privacy settings, did you?Who among us didn’t review our Facebook privacy settings this past March? Were you spurred to do so by the Cambridge Analytica news? By Facebook’s full-page apology in the New York Times? Perhaps you are naturally cautious and just happen to always review your social media privacy settings on the second-to-last Sunday in March?

How Schools and Startups Are Hacking College Affordability

College is expensive. But what does that mean—and how are schools, startups and nonprofits trying to make higher-ed a more affordable option to students?Three panelists gathered Wednesday evening in San Francisco to discuss challenges around rising costs of college as well as what’s being done about one of the most difficult issues facing students and families today. The panelists were Jaclyn Piñero, Executive Director, Bay Area at uAspire; Katherine Zellner, Director of University Partnerships at RaiseMe and Nathan Ranney, Director of Product at Moneythink.

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