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Drake U Supports Diverse Student Devices With Virtualized Applications

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology When the time came to refresh the computer hardware in Drake University’s labs, the Infrastructure and Security Services (ISS) team turned to virtualization to reduce their hardware needs while providing students with anytime, anywhere access to applications on their own devices. Many of the students at Drake bring Mac laptops to [...]

Online Learning Brings Opportunities and Challenges for Students with Disabilities

By JEFF HILES, WYSO College students are surrounded by technology inside and outside of the classroom. And increasingly educators are reaching learners through smart phones and laptops. Community Voices producer Jeff Hiles is an instructional designer at Wright State University. He finds that for some students with disabilities, the move to online learning brings new opportunities [...]

Student loan debt: America’s next big crisis

by Mitchell D. Weiss, Detroit Free Press The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Report on Household Debt and Credit Developments, and the news isn’t good for student-borrowers. As of the second calendar quarter ending June 30, seriously delinquent student loans (which the FRBNY describes as those whose payments are 90 or more [...]

UC MERCED EXPANSION DELAYED BY BUDGET CUTS, ONLINE CLASSES

By MATT KRUPNICK, The Hechinger Report A decade has passed since America’s newest research university opened amid farmland in central California. And surprisingly little on the landscape has changed. Cows still graze alongside the University of California, Merced. There’s no student union, and some researchers are based miles away at a former Air Force base. Merced’s [...]

The Digital Humanities Are Alive and Well and Blooming: Now What?

by Nancy L. Maron, EDUCAUSE Review If the notion for the past decade in digital humanities investment has been to let a thousand flowers bloom, it seems to have worked. Digital creation is no longer just the realm of specialists, IT developers, and librarians who manage collections. Today, with digital humanities (DH) hitting its stride, historians, [...]

Data, Technology, and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education

by Ryan Craig and Allison Williams, EDUCAUSE Review In other industries, unbundling has driven fundamental change. Over the past decade, sales of recorded music are down 50 percent and continue to fall each year. Digital technology has forced a revolution in a business model that, in the past, relied on bundling the music that consumers wanted [...]

ASU’s MOOC lets students around globe earn freshman-year credit online

by Kaila White, The Republic More than 12,500 people from 163 countries have enrolled in ASU’s first for-credit massive open online course, or MOOC, which launched Thursday. Arizona State University has launched the first class of its Global Freshman Academy, which gives anyone in the world the opportunity to earn freshman-level university credit online without having [...]

6 concerns students have about MOOCs

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News Two research questions were used to guide the authors during their research: 1) What are the common perceptions among college students about the nature of MOOCs; and 2) How do current college students’ perceptions and attitudes toward MOOCs compare with press discussions on MOOCs? Thematic analysis on the qualitative data (the [...]

How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

by Dhawal Shah – Tech Crunch Coursera announced in July that they crossed 1 million registrations as China became their second largest market, overtaking India. Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and [...]

New Stanford Cyber Security Certificate To Study Crypto-Currencies

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology A Stanford University cryptography expert will be kicking off a new online graduate certificate program today by examining the future of bitcoin and cyber security during a free webinar open to the public. The Cyber Security graduate certificate program requires participants to pass four courses from among six topics, including “Computer [...]