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How Three States Boost College Student Outcomes with Analytics #highered #edtech

by Jennifer Snelling, Converge With the help of data analytics, state education agencies and higher education institutions are trying to increase college retention and graduation rates. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education, 60 percent of full-time students who enrolled at a four-year institution in 2008 took six years to graduate. […]

Melissa Woo Brings Diversity to Education’s C-Suite

by Julia McCandless, Converge She works closely with EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit community of IT leaders and professionals focused on advancing higher education, and received the organization’s 2012 Rising Star Award for her accomplishments. Joanna Young, senior managing director at BlueLine Associates and former CIO at Michigan State University, collaborates with Woo at EDUCAUSE and values […]

Nine reasons for your brand to use social listening tools

by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ Social listening is the process of monitoring and analyzing conversations across social media, centered around specific keywords, phrases, or brands. As social media becomes more important for marketers, it is also crucial to justify its return on investment in the strongest possible way. Social listening can be beneficial both in helping brands […]

I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.

by Cynthia Lee, Vox In the end, focusing the conversation on the minutiae of the scientific claims in the manifesto is a red herring. Regardless of whether biological differences exist, there is no shortage of glaring evidence, in individual stories and in scientific studies, that women in tech experience bias and a general lack of […]

Nonprofit Encourages African American Girls and Women to Stay Afloat in STEM #edtech

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal A new nonprofit science education organization based in Baltimore, MD wants more African American girls and young women to explore marine-related research and pursue careers in aquatic-based STEM fields. The Black Girls Dive Foundation (BGDF) operates the STREAMS program, which integrates science, technology, robotics, engineering, the arts and mathematics with scuba […]

How can schools better target adult and first-generation students? #highered

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive With most college students having at least one “non-traditional” characteristic, colleges and universities need to amend their recruiting and advertising strategies to attract potential applicants, including first-generation college students as well as adult learners, according to a recent op-ed in University Business. Some colleges and universities are reaching out to students […]

Amazon’s Alexa: Your Next Teacher #elearning

By Cait Etherington, eLearningInside News To date, Canvas, like most learning management systems, can be accessed via a computer, mobile phone or tablet. With the Alexa addition, Canvas can now be accessed by voice and not simply via a keyboard. This means that students will be able to ask Alexa key questions (e.g., What were […]

Thoughts On How Online Data Science Courses Stack Up To A Master’s Degree #elearning

by Gregory Ferenstein, Forbes University degrees are really, really expensive and there are plenty of new startups in Silicon Valley offering job readiness training for much cheaper. So, how does a $100,000 graduate degree in statistics stack up to an online course for 1/100th the price? The short answer is that I think for many jobs, […]

CBE programs face challenges of growth at many institutions, report finds #highered

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive For mainstream colleges and universities, competency-based education programs remain the exception to the norm, and “program stability and institutional readiness” are vital to their success, according to the second annual report on CBE programs from Eduventures, in conjunction with Ellucian and the American Council on Education.  The report found the most […]

Course Market Delivers Alternative Credentials and Certificates to Higher Ed #elearning #highered

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology A new digital marketplace is helping colleges and universities turn existing courses and content into certificates and digital credentials. Course Market aims to streamline any institution’s ability to deliver modular course offerings that meet shifting learner and employer demands. A collaborative effort among education technology companies, Course Market combines iDesign’s design […]