Discussions of technology strategy and planning for new media at colleges and universities are informed by many factors of higher education culture and the way its core constituents--faculty and students--work and learn. One rapidly evolving area is online assessment, whether for fully online programs or for blended learning environments. Here, learning designer Judith Boettcher examines online assessment strategies beyond the traditional end-of-term paper.
Blackboard has launched a free hosted course management service. The system, CourseSites is an online platform that enables faculty members to set up Web-based class sites where they can post course materials, communicate with students, encourage collaboration, monitor performance, and manage grades.
Five universities in the University of Wisconsin System have participated in the release of a new e-portfolio product. The Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh, River Falls, and Stout campuses worked with OrgSync to create the application, which provides students with a way to document, reflect on, and share their college experiences.
An American media company and a major Indian IT service provider are teaming up to develop a mobile platform that can be used for learning. McGraw-Hill Education and WiPro announced mConnect, a digital platform built on open standards that will play programs designed to bridge the skills gap in emerging markets.
As the electronic portfolio becomes a more critical element in teaching and learning at higher education institutions as well as a key tool in an era of digital knowledge generation, a new field of scholarship is emerging around the study of ePortfolio practice--complete with its first scholarly journal, IJeP.
An overly simplistic view of teaching and learning as classroom-centric, "delivered" education may have resulted, in the past, in an overly simplistic view of eLearning as well. But now, there is a shift from classroom-centric thinking to a more holistic, multi-dimensional viewpoint and a greater emphasis on experiential learning.
Macmillan has debuted an updated version of its student response system, the i>clicker2. According to the company, the current version is in use at 900 academic institutions in North America. The new version is currently in beta and is expected to roll out in the fall.
The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning will hold its 2011 annual conference July 25-28, co-located with Campus Technology 2011 in Boston. A Call For Proposals for the AAEEBL event is open through Jan. 28.
The free and open source learning management system OLAT has been updated to version 7.0. The latest release, which rolled out in late September, has gained a new course creation wizard and enhanced integration with external tools.
Adobe has introduced Acrobat X Pro, the latest version of the company's document creation, portfolio, and collaboration tool for Mac OS X and Windows.