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Striving for Interdependence: Transparency Considerations when Expanding Globally
Rob Sparks is vice president of Product Management and Strategy, Education, and Research, UNIT4 Business Software.
The challenges in education and the opportunities education provides as the enabler for economic growth and employment remain a critical priority globally. Educational institutions across the world are under increasing pressure to produce high levels of student satisfaction, successful outcomes, and competitiveness on a global scale despite the current backdrop of cost cutting. These pressures, plus rapid growth in student populations, are driving intense reevaluation of people, programs, partners, and services that will transform higher education unlike anything before, often with a strong focus on technology as "the" solution to administrative costs and gaps.
Prevention and Retention: Identifying At-Risk Students Before It's Too Late
Retaining students is one of the most critical issues facing colleges and universities today, yet few have put into place a comprehensive system that empowers them to effectively address student attrition. When an early-warning system identifies an at-risk student, it may very well be too late for the school to intervene successfully. To be truly effective, these systems require controls that can identify students likely to become at-risk. If the only ways to identify at-risk students are a drop in grade point average or attendance, the term “early-warning system” is a misnomer.
Fishing Where the Fish Are: Adding Facebook to the Learning Management Platform Mix
Lessons from Dewitt by Mike Chapple
Recently the higher education IT community suffered a great loss when Dewitt Latimer was tragically taken from us after a motorcycle accident in Montana. The news of Dewitt’s accident spread quickly through the institutions he served: Clemson, Kent State, the University of Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Montana State. This quickly led to an outpouring of stories on social media and mailing lists from those who knew Dewitt and the impact he had on higher education IT.
What We're Reading, April 2013
"The 3-D Printing Revolution: Dreams Made Real, One Layer at a Time," Rachel Ehrenberg, Science News 183 (5) (March 9, 2013)
Status report and backgrounder on 3-D printing: "Many herald 3-D printing as a game changer, a 'disruptive' technology that will turn traditional manufacturing on its head. But the technology is also at the peak of hype."
"Welcome to the Digital Public Library of America," Dan Cohen, DPLA blog post, April 18, 2013
Co-founder and DPLA Executive Director Cohen explains the launch of and goals for the new library, including planned development.
Collaboration Enables Next-Generation Digital Learning
The growing emergence of digital devices, learning platforms, and applications promises easier access to a variety of content, increased productivity, and the realization of personalized learning environments. Unfortunately, it is a major challenge to use these rapidly emerging resources productively to meet students' diverse and increasingly demanding learning needs.
HEEMAC 2013 Conference Sessions from Daphne Hunt
Daphne J. Hunt, University Web Administrator in the Office of Web Services at Tarleton University, recently shared an article she wrote summarizing a few of what she considers the best sessions of HEEMAC 2013. Thank you to Daphne for sharing her thoughts with those of us who did not attend this conference. Those who have done something similar for various conferences they attended have helped build a wonderful (but definitely distributed) resource for the community. (I know many conference attendees share their reactions -- thanks to all the contributors, whether posted articles, blog entries, or live tweeting through events.) I encourage you to follow Daphne's lead and share your thoughts about conferences and meetings you attend.
HEEMAC 2013 Review: Theories + Methods + Strategies = A Potentially Great App!
Fulbright Scholar Program Also Serves Learning Technologists
What I Learned in Jail
"Are we going to do collage?" asked a large man in a blue jumpsuit and day-glo orange tennis shoes.
"No, I don't think we'll be doing any collage, at least not for now, Bob. Sorry."
It was the first day of my first class at the local county jail. I'd signed on as a volunteer graphic design instructor, and I knew there would be challenges. But putting a 290-pound student in a deep funk within the first five minutes of class was a bad start.
Recent Reading by the EDUCAUSE Editors
The EDUCAUSE editors pulled together some recent publications we found interesting or entertaining. Let us know what you think, and please do share your own recommendations.