Campus Technology Articles

Deal with Independent Colleges Expands Online Course Sharing Options
Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2018

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and College Consortium recently hammered out an online course-sharing initiative. The program is intended to help the private schools increase course access to students, with all kinds of benefits.

Digital Dominates in College Libraries
Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2018

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 million items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

New Insights into How People Learn
Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2018

When the National Academies issued its first expanded "How People Learn" report, the contents struck a nerve, providing a readable explanation of the various research findings on the science of learning along with guidance on how to turn those insights into instructional practice in the classroom. A new version of that report offers an updated view on the topic and pushes beyond K-12.

Online Course Enrollment Grows in Face of Shrinking College Enrollment
Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018

The share of college students taking online courses has grown, up by about 6 percent, even as the overall number of people enrolled in higher education institutions dropped by about half a percent. According to preliminary numbers issued by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 20.1 million students enrolled in fall 2017, 6.7 million were taking at least one distance education class, representing 33 percent of the total — a boost from 31 percent in the previous year.

FLEXspace: From Learning Space Examples, to Planning and Assessment Tools and a Research Community
Posted on Monday December 10, 2018

FLEXspace, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, has changed over time, starting out in 2013 as a great place to showcase and exemplify learning spaces, then rapidly growing to include a comprehensive toolset for planning and assessing these spaces, and now connecting a vibrant research community. Here, CT gets an update from FLEXspace.org pioneers Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Frazee.

Advising Program Helps Underprivileged Students Find the Right College Fit
Posted on Monday December 10, 2018

A recent project found that low-cost advising techniques can help disadvantaged students increase the number and selectivity of colleges they apply to. "Find the Fit," as the initiative is called, is intended to address the continuing problem of "undermatch," in which students don't go to college at all or choose a college that's less selective than their academic credits warrant.

Report: Data Challenges and Retention Offer Barriers to Equity in CS Education
Posted on Monday December 10, 2018

A new report from the Association for Computing Machinery asks whether there's anything to be done for the lack of diversity in the tech field, which seems to arise in high school and college and percolate into the workforce from there. The research project called on university representatives and industry experts to examine questions of diversity in computer science. They offered two big conclusions: First, retention in CS is a major issue; and, second, data collection about retention in CS is poor.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 10, 2018)
Posted on Monday December 10, 2018

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2019, the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2019 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.

Emphasis on STEM May Be Overkill
Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

A paper published by the conservative American Enterprise Institute suggested that the country may be putting too much emphasis on STEM and obscuring the "noncognitive skills" that are really needed, such as persistence and "character."

Department of Education Ranked in Top 10 of FOIA Lawsuits
Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

A Freedom of Information Act project to measure the number of FOIA lawsuits filed against federal agencies has added the Department of Education to the top-10 list for the first time.

Survey: Most Campus IT Investments Aren't 'Very Effective'
Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

Campus IT leaders aren't wildly enthusiastic about the investments in technology their institutions are making. In just a single area — student recruitment — do at least half of these individuals (52 percent) rate the IT investment "very effective." That's according to the latest the Campus Computing Survey, produced by Kenneth Green.

Carnegie Mellon and Western Governors Building Career Coaching Agents
Posted on Wednesday December 05, 2018

Two universities will be working together on a research project to help students explore jobs. The National Science Foundation awarded almost $700,000 over three years to Western Governors University and Carnegie Mellon University to create "intelligent coaching agents" for non-traditional students pursuing work in STEM.

DePaul Wrangling Faculty Processes with Interfolio
Posted on Wednesday December 05, 2018

A Chicago-based school is implementing an application intended for managing faculty affairs. DePaul University adopted Interfolio to merge faculty affairs processes under a single system designed to support the lifecycle of faculty careers, including hiring, promotion and tenure and accreditation reporting.

VR Tops Faculty Wish List for the Classroom
Posted on Wednesday December 05, 2018

In our 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, faculty members told us about their most-wanted hardware and software, feelings on tech's value for learning, technologies they're using in class and more.

Trump Administration Sets Five-Year Strategy for STEM Education
Posted on Tuesday December 04, 2018

The National Science and Technology Council has released a new report outlining the nation's goals for STEM education over the next five years.