For GRU, developing mobile technology that both entertains and instructs is not just a theoretical goal — it's a whole new approach to education.
Brockenhurst College in the United Kingdom is hoping to achieve a 15 percent increase in growth and a 15 percent reduction in students who are at risk of dropping out over the next five years. To get there, the institution is rolling out IBM's Exceptional Student Experience (ESE), which uses a mixture of cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies to help personalize the experience a student gets from enrollment all the way through to entering the workforce and lifelong learning.
Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps.
Part Facebook, part e-portfolio, a new online service is connecting graduating high schoolers with college and career recruiters and letting students create shareable multimedia portfolios in the hopes of dazzling them.
Digital textbooks are becoming a bigger part of the vernacular in higher education. A recent survey showed that slightly more than three out of five students use interactive textbooks with features that include video, audio and quizzes; more than two out of five students work in courses that use apps, social media and online productivity tools; and one out of three students has attended flipped classrooms in which they watch video lectures before heading to class.
Nearly half of undergrads who participated in a recent survey have been assigned an e-textbook for a course, but they're not all that happy about it on the whole.
The odds are good that you accomplished something over the course of your life for which you were extremely proud, but the significance of that accomplishment was lost in the explanation to others. After telling them of your grand accomplishment, their retort was along the lines of: "Well, what do you want? A medal?"
MeetingOne has introduced a new version of a product that will let instructors and teaching assistants integrate meetings into existing Blackboard Learn courses.
Take a smartphone, add $10 worth of plywood and Plexiglas, a bit of hardware, laser pointer lenses and LED click lights from a keychain flashlight and you have a DIY microscope worthy of use in college classes. At least, that's the idea of an instructor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology who is adding the do-it-yourself technology in her biology lab courses.
The Mississippi Community College Board has adopted a tool from an education analytics company in an effort to reduce dropouts among students in online courses.