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Industry perspective: What to expect in higher ed-tech this year

By Jon Phillips, eCampus News Dell Education gives insight into 2016’s higher ed-tech advancements. This will be an incredible year for advancements in technology and we will see considerable implications and opportunities in education, from more personalized and meaningful learning to an evolving shift in learning environments. Based on our longtime work in higher education [...]

Study: Adaptive, gamified approach can boost math scores

by eSchool News Students using Front Row’s adaptive, gamified technology increased end-of-year test scores by nearly 10 percentage points over those who did not. A new study from WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research agency, commissioned by Front Row Education, found that students using the adaptive, gamified and data-drive technology showed greater mathematics achievement outcomes when [...]

New On-line Classes and Models

by David, RealClimate My free online class on entitled Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change has already served 45,000 people (started, not finished) in the four times that it’s run. Now it’s set up in a new format, called “on demand mode”, which allows people to start, progress, and finish on [...]

Penn State professor looks to incorporate virtual reality for online classes

by Matthew Grillo, The Daily Collegian Following Penn State’s continued advancements in online education, Conrad Tucker is hoping to blend virtual reality with online classes. Tucker, an assistant professor in engineering design and industrial engineering at Penn State, received a research grant from the Penn State Center for Online Innovation in Learning. “The importance of online [...]

5 Tips to Improve Writing in Online Classes

by Bradley Fuster, US News Online classes typically require more written communication and interaction than oral participation. Unlike face-to-face classes, which often credit oral participation, online courses generally rely more on written work for grading and assessment purposes. As students submit assignments from the same devices they use to communicate for instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook, [...]

Pearson to leave the LMS market within 2-3 years

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive Pearson has announced it will phase out support for its learning management system Learning Studio in the coming years, following a similar announcement last fall about OpenClass, which will leave the educational testing and services giant without an LMS in its portfolio. Inside Higher Ed reports Pearson believes it can [...]

5 higher-ed issues that should dominate presidential debates

By Laura Devaney, eCampus News Many say the presidential candidates’ debates and discussions lack a focus on higher education—here are the issues the candidates should research. The presidential campaign and debates among candidates have shed light on the issues most important to the U.S. public—and among those issues is higher education, from financing it, to institutions’ [...]

In Israel, War Is No Excuse for Not Doing Your Homework

by Judy Maltz, Haartz In a forecast published last week, the Israeli army addressed the probability of an all-out confrontation with Hamas or Hezbollah sometime soon. Its conclusions were not particularly heartening. But whether or not Israel finds itself embroiled in another large-scale military operation in the near future, the country’s educational system intends to be [...]

Gallup to give US News rankings more competition

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive Gallup announced Thursday it has developed a certification process for colleges based on their efforts to improve the “well-being” of students and faculty. The certification process could take up to three years and is akin to the process builders go through to get LEED certification for environmentally friendly designs, offering [...]

10 must-haves to appease online students

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News Large-scale survey recognizes often-contradictory demands from students; offers recommendations for programs. Higher ed online learning students expect a lot from their programs; but with every student’s unique expectations and desires, how can institutions not only rise above the competition, but offer the best online learning options for their students? Those are [...]