Campus Technology Articles

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of May 22, 2017)
Posted on Monday May 22, 2017

Self-Directed Learning: Exploring the Digital Opportunity
Posted on Monday May 22, 2017

Following up on a Q&A article published two weeks ago, about how institutions can be informed by their "digital opportunities", Gardner Campbell considers why we should now explore our digital opportunities for self-directed learning.

Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs
Posted on Monday May 22, 2017

While a recent research project examined enrollment patterns for online courses, a new survey is looking at broader questions related to online programs, this one based on responses from "chief online officers." Produced by Quality Matters and Eduventures, the "Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE)" offers a "baseline" examination of program development, quality measures and other structural issues.

Survey Highlights Digitization's Impact on Campus Libraries
Posted on Monday May 22, 2017

Academic library leaders are feeling increasingly less valued by and less strategically aligned with senior institutional leadership, according to recent research from the nonprofit Ithaka S+R.

U Michigan Large-Course Writing Toolkit to Add Automated Text Analysis
Posted on Monday May 22, 2017

A team of educators at the University of Michigan is getting closer to releasing a new version of a writing program intended to implement writing-to-learn pedagogies in large enrollment courses. The enhanced edition of M-Write, expected in fall 2017, includes the use of automated text analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a student's writing submission.

Campus Safety Platform Offers Emergency Data, Streamlines Reporting
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017

Student engagement platform ClearScholar, with support from Butler University’s police, security and IT departments, launched a new platform that aims to enhance safety technology at colleges and universities.

U of Michigan Awarded Google Grant to Expand After-School Robotics Program
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017

More students in Detroit Public Schools will be participating in after-school programs in science and engineering, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Google to the Michigan Engineering Zone, a makerspace project of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

U of Washington-Madison Twitter Account Up and Running After Hack
Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) yesterday morning had its Twitter account (@UWMadison) hacked by an unauthorized user. The account, which has about 160,000 followers, published four tweets before UW-M staff became aware of the breach.

Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon
Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

Microsoft Boosts OneNote Accessibility, Offers Free Accessibility Training Course for Educators
Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

Microsoft has unveiled new accessibility features for OneNote, the company's collaborative note-taking app for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.

Blackboard Releases Accessibility Tool
Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

Blackboard is rolling out an accessibility tool that it plans to make available for all major learning management systems.

Congress Seeks to Establish New Student Data System with College Transparency Act
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

A new bipartisan bill introduced this week in the United States Senate and House of Representatives aims to increase transparency on higher education outcomes.

More Colleges, Universities Join Scholarship Platform to Fund Good Students
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

An online fundraising platform that has helped high schoolers raise more than $1 billion in scholarships for college is growing its community of academic institution partners.

Report: Students with Learning and Attention Issues Three Times More Likely to Drop Out
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

Despite the prevalence of children with learning and attention disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia, the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that only a small subset are formally identified with disabilities in schools, leaving many of these students without necessary support to help them succeed in school.

New Echo360 Algorithms Automatically Correct Common Lecture Capture Problems
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

Echo360 today rolled out new capabilities for its lecture capture software that use algorithms to anticipate, identify and correct recording issues on the spot.