As institutions are increasingly pressed to graduate more students and to do so more efficiently, says AAC&U Fellow Gary Brown, understanding how quality is defined will be critical--and building consensus around competency is an emerging strategy for ensuring quality.
Desire2Learn has released updates to three of its mobile solutions: Desire2Learn Campus Life, Capture, and Assignment Grader. The updates were announced the this week at FUSION 2012, the company's ninth annual users' conference.
ExamSoft, which offers a Web-based service for secure exam administration, will be launching a mobile application for offline test-taking on iPads later this year.
Campus Technology 2012 keynote George Siemens says, "The changing way we create and share knowledge is at the core of what's driving education. It's not the fact that we have mobiles and the Web that requires education to change, but rather that we are using these technologies to begin circumventing existing knowledge processes. And what we do with knowledge determines the types of institutions we need." Here, Campus Technology asked Siemens for his perspectives on the groundswell of change apparent in higher education.
eInstruction's new release offers improved testing and assessment capabilities as well as integration with new technologies.
Norco College in Norco, CA has deployed a hosted online learning platform in an effort to help launch students into careers and assess student performance and retention.
Blackboard has updated its mobile app to accommodate test taking and to deliver alerts to students when changes happen to their courses without the learning management system app being opened.
Turnitin has added a new feature to GradeMark called voice comments that lets teachers provide personalized feedback to students using digital audio.
Retention and advising tools help students stay in school and graduate. But they can also be a boon to a school's bottom line.
Macmillan New Ventures' i>clicker unit is rolling out an enhanced version of its student response device this fall.