Campus Technology Articles

Google Adds Instant Access to College Data on Search
Posted on Monday June 18, 2018

Google is expediting access to details about college when somebody looks up a specific institution in the search engine. When a user enters a college name, he or she will receive the usual capsule description from Wikipedia, as well as a menu with quick links to information about admissions, cost, majors, outcomes and other aspects and other stats.

Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face
Posted on Monday June 18, 2018

In a survey of 1,500 online students, most considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. The survey was conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.

California Community Colleges Publish Makerspace Startup Guide
Posted on Monday June 18, 2018

A new resource from the California Community Colleges provides a step-by-step guide to building makerspaces on campus, from initial planning stages to facility design, pilot programs and community outreach. The free Makerspace Startup Guide comes out of the C.C.C. Maker initiative, a project funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office, Workforce and Economic Division.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of June 18, 2018)
Posted on Monday June 18, 2018

Upcoming events include the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Institute, T.D.W.I. Anaheim Conference, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference and SANS Network Security 2018.

New 'Flex Video Wall' Software Supports Changing Standards
Posted on Friday June 15, 2018

Next month Black Box will begin shipping its new Radian Flex Video Wall software. The company said the platform is "infinitely upgradeable" and provides "unlimited" resolution and screen outputs.

New Tech Makes Mixed Reality More Interactive
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

In the future, according to a group of German researchers, users of virtual reality will be able to interact with each other more easily, more naturally and in real time between real and virtual worlds. A scene from the real world could, for example, be transferred into VR, after which feedback could be reflected back into the real situation.

First Cohorts Graduate in California Community Colleges Baccalaureate Pilot
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

A pilot program formed in 2014 in California's community colleges just came to fruition when 135 students around the state graduated with bachelor's degrees from their two-year schools. The program's intent: to meet workforce needs where they're not duplicated at the state's public universities.

Study: People Remember Information Better Through VR
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

A new study from the University of Maryland found that people recall information better when it is presented to them in a virtual environment, as opposed to a desktop computer.

Turning Around an Enrollment Decline
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

When Mesa Community College needed to crank up enrollment retention, it turned to an outside company for help. The result was a striking 9x return on investment.

MIT Algorithm Tackles Network Data Congestion
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

A research project at MIT has developed an algorithm in which a constantly updating network — of sensors, drones or data-sharing vehicles — minimizes how much new information is received at any moment to avoid data congestion, while still keeping the most important data "as fresh as possible." Right now, the approach works for "simple" networks; but eventually, the team expects to tackle complex ones as well.

Playbook Offers Blueprint for Free College Programs
Posted on Wednesday June 13, 2018

A new playbook promises to help mayors build and expand College Promise programs within their communities. The "City and County Playbook: How To Build a Promise" was the brainchild of the College Promise Campaign and Chris Cabaldon, a board member and the current mayor of West Sacramento, California. The report is intended to serve as a blueprint to help cities and counties create programs that fund the first two years of college for "hard-working students."

Study: It's Time to Regulate Brokers Specializing in Student Data
Posted on Wednesday June 13, 2018

Information about students has become fair game for data brokers, which don't adhere to any protective measures currently in place, according to a new study by Fordham University's Center on Law and Information Policy. As "Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data" reported, lists of student information are widely available for purchase "on the basis of ethnicity, affluence, religion, lifestyle, awkwardness and even a perceived or predicted need for family planning services." Those who trade in student information are governed under no federal privacy law.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an Online Technical Instructor
Posted on Wednesday June 13, 2018

Despite their skills and credentials, many instructors can feel a sense of inadequacy throughout their careers. Here are 3 ways to appear more confident than you actually feel — and help students learn at the same time. 

Udacity and Google Launch Free Online Career Courses
Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2018

Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career courses for recent graduates, mid-career professionals and those re-entering the workforce. The duo tested out the concept in March, when Udacity launched a "Networking for Career Success" course for 60,000 "Grow with Google" learners in Europe and the United States.

EdX Begins Testing a Paywall
Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2018

MOOC provider edX will be moving away from its current model of offering almost everything free. The nonprofit announced last month that the decision was intended to help it and its partners "achieve sustainability." The first charge to be introduced is a "modest" support fee, according to a blog post on the change.