Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category


Social Media in the Classroom: Opportunities, Challenges & Recommendations

The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) conducts an annual survey of over 250 institutions of higher education, including the University of Washington, examining the technology experiences of undergraduates and faculty. A recent ECAR survey included questions exploring faculty and student perceptions of and experiences with social media as an academic resource. While the ECAR […]


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements welcomes Utah as it’s newest SARA state

Submitted by jshanika on Fri, 09/02/2016 – 11:22 Boulder, CO – On August 26th, 2016, the state of Utah was approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to join as the latest SARA state bringing the national total to 42 states plus the District of Columbia. This newest addition attests to the success of the […]


Download Report: Transforming Chaos into Clarity: The Promises and Challenges of Digital Credentialing

How should our current higher education system be transformed to better prepare workers for the new economy? A brief from the Roosevelt Institute explores this question, focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities associated with credentialing. Lumina Foundation 


Introducing a personal learning environment in higher education. An analysis of connectivity

Universities have a key role to play in the progress and development of the Knowledge Society. They should lead the way in the design of teaching strategies that promote knowledge building. Personal learning environments (PLE) represent a groundbreaking new development in educational practices through the incorporation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and an opportunity […]


UC San Francisco Outsourcing IT Ops to India

IT people are sounding sick from the announcement that the University of California San Francisco intends to outsource many of its technology functions to an India-based service provider. Reporting by Computerworld found that layoffs for some 17 percent of the institution’s 565-employee IT staff will hit next February — after those same workers have trained […]


Amazon Web Services Joins Georgia Tech’s Internet of Things Research Center

Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) has added Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to its growing list of members and launched four new working groups. Georgia Tech


introducing AU’s [Athabasca University] president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university’s main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university’s Board of Governors. Athabasca University 


Canvas as OU’s replacement learning management system receives mixed reviews

Canvas will fully overtake Desire2Learn as OU’s learning management system in the summer of 2017, but the transition toward it has begun. OUDAILY 


Online and Face-to-Face Language Learning: A Comparative Analysis of Oral Proficiency in Introductory Spanish

The primary resistance to online foreign language teaching often involves questions of spoken mastery of second language. In order to address this concern, this research comparatively assesses undergraduate students’ oral proficiency in online and face-to-face Spanish classes, while taking into account students’ previous second language experience. The sample consisted of 90 undergraduate students, both online […]


Understanding the Online Doctoral Learning Experience: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Sense of Community

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow steadily, it is becoming increasingly important to inquire about the experiences of these students in order to understand the factors that contribute to their success. It is imperative that the social needs of students be understood, as interaction is an important aspect of the […]