Campus Technology Articles

SXSW EDU Featuring the Whimsical and Serious to Spark 'Creative Thinking' in Higher Ed
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

There may be no better place to combine lofty education issues with a sense of fun and creativity than the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival, coming to Austin next month. Where else can you attend a variety show inspired by student writing projects, participate in a Moth StorySLAM, view a powerful documentary film screening, discuss teaching and learning strategies and debate policy, all in one event?

App Allows for Open Annotation of Web Content; Schools Sign on to Pilot
Posted on Friday February 15, 2019

Nonprofit Hypothesis is offering an app that allows for “open annotation” of web content. The organization is especially interested in wooing educational users (both K-12 and higher ed) to serve as test pilots.

Survey: Faculty Development Most Important Teaching and Learning Issue for 2019
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2019

For the sixth year in a row, the topic of faculty development has turned up among the top three "teaching and learning issues" in an annual survey done by Educause. This year that same issue was also No. 1, getting 25 percent more votes than the next top choice: online and blended learning.

Working to Close the Gender Gap in IT
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2019

While more women are working in higher education IT, fewer are moving up the ladder to leadership positions. Here's what universities are doing to improve the balance.

Relieving Test Jitters Leads to Better Science Course Outcomes
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

A Stanford experiment found that low-income high schoolers who rechannel their "negative emotions" during STEM testing can do better on the tests — and the course.

Carnegie Mellon CS Academy Creating Free High School Coding Curriculum
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University has launched a free, online curriculum for high school students to help instructors teach programming skills using graphics and animations. The lessons were developed by the new CMU Computer Science Academy, part of the School of Computer Science.

Entry-Level NEC Projectors Deliver 15,000 Hours of Lamp Life
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

NEC Display Solutions has introduced two new lines of projectors intended for education. According to the company, the MC and ME series replace previous entry-level projectors (some of which have since gone on sale). Both sets promise longer lamp life.

Universities Join Blockchain Research Initiative
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

Blockchain currency company Ripple is bringing together 11 universities from around the world to spur interest in blockchain academic research.

VR Brings Historic Campus Building Back to Life
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

A project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is reviving an historic building that opened in 1869 and was demolished in 1948. Starting this week, people will be able to tour it, at least in virtual form.

Survey: Faculty Confident in Their Own Tech Skills, but Say Student Skills Lag
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2019

In our latest Teaching with Technology Survey, most faculty said they are comfortable using tech in the classroom, but many reported low-to-average tech skills among their students.

Completion Rates Suggest Student Retention Efforts 'Effective'
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2019

The United States can declare steady improvement when it comes to graduation rates for all kinds of students at two-year and four-year schools, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's "Signature Report," an assessment of student completion rates for the fall 2012 cohort through spring 2018.

Report: Why Tech for Adult Learning So Often Misses the Mark
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2019

When deploying new education technology for adult learners, is there such a thing as an ideal adoption pathway? Some "key actions," such as administrators using research and data on adult ed tech to inform their purchase decisions, can make the difference, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education-funded LINCS system.

Technology Change: Closing the Knowledge Gap
Posted on Monday February 11, 2019

Is the rate of technology change outpacing your ability to understand its impact, respond to its potential, or adapt to it appropriately? Here, Daniel Christian shares his insights about closing this knowledge gap.

Gates Foundation Seeks Intermediaries to Help Scale Student Success
Posted on Monday February 11, 2019

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking organizations (or networks of organizations) — including state agencies — that can help "transform" colleges and universities to boost student success.

Study Questions Popular Measures of Student Opportunity in College Rankings
Posted on Monday February 11, 2019

Often, national rankings of universities attempt to highlight those schools providing the greatest opportunities for low-income students. The problem is that they're, well, national: They don't take into account regional factors that may paint a very different picture. A new measure proposed by a couple of economics professors aims to remedy this by allowing universities to judge their recruitment efforts against their own missions and circumstances.