21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources


MakerBot App Now Turns 2D Images Into 3D-Printable Files

Designed for beginners who want to get started quickly with 3D printing, the new Shape Maker app allows users to transform sketches, photos and screen captures into files that can then be sent to a variety of MakerBot printers.

ProctorU Launches Multifactor Online Student Verification

Higher education institutions have a new tool to verify online student identities in a variety of settings, from attendance tracking and online testing to managing financial aid disbursements.

NYU School of Engineering Expo Shares Research with the Public

This Friday the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering will share with anybody who wants to come by some of the most intriguing research projects from 10 disciplines and centers on campus.

CC Students Face Uphill Climb in Succeeding with Online Courses

A recently presented study from the University of California Davis questions the effectiveness of allowing first-time students in community colleges to take online classes.

Stanford Takes Biology Experimentation to Cloud

A project going on at Stanford University offers the promise of allowing online students and others with an interest to perform live biology experiments over the Internet.

CMU's Tepper Online Hybrid MBA: Equivalent to Onsite

Can an institution's new online offerings match the quality it has established over the years in its onsite programs? At CMU's Tepper School of Business, the Online Hybrid MBA is designed to be equivalent to its on-campus MBA programs.

NSF Bestows Massive Grants on Material Science Researchers at 12 Schools

Twelve research universities have received multi-year research grants from the National Science Foundation, among them Brandeis, Harvard, U Chicago and U Nebraska-Lincoln, for the purpose of continuing and starting up multidisciplinary materials science and engineering centers.

IMS Global Unveils Digital Credentialing Initiative

IMS Global Learning Consortium has launched the IMS Digital Credentialing Initiative, an effort designed to promote the adoption, integration and transferability of digital credentials, such as badges.

California Online Education Initiative town hall coverage 2015

California's Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness

The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), the state-sponsored project that aims to dramatically increase the number of students who earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, has come a long way since it was announced in the fall of 2013, according to the OEI's executive director, Patricia James.

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Resetting the Student Attention Clock

The length of time an average university student could concentrate on a task without becoming distracted back in 1973, according to a survey published at the time, was between 10 and 20 minutes. A 2006 survey by Diana Oblinger, current president of Educause, determined that the average student attention span had shrunk to around seven minutes.