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OER Formats, Accessibility and More

What you need to know about OER formats, accessibility concerns, tools, copyright issues, events and more.

E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School

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.

OpenStax College

OpenStax College Adding 10 New Textbooks by 2017

Rice University's OpenStax College will add 10 new titles to its catalog of free textbooks by 2017, thanks to $9.5 million in grant funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Rice alumni John and Ann Doerr and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

EBSCO Adds New Subject Sets To Its e-Book Collection

EBSCO Information Services has added 12 new e-book subject sets to its complete library that now numbers more than 200 sets.

Awarding Badges in Moodle

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?"



Research: What Value Does a Degree or Certificate Hold for the Adult Learner?

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Hobsons completed a pilot study during AY 2013-2014 of adult learners at eight participating higher education institutions. The investigators have just released "Measuring Impact: Findings From a Study of Adult Student Gains and Satisfaction." CT asked Jim Fong, Director of the UPCEA Center for Research & Consulting and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons for their comments.

MeetingOne Aims To Help Incorporate Meetings into Blackboard Courses

MeetingOne has introduced a new version of a product that will let instructors and teaching assistants integrate meetings into existing Blackboard Learn courses.

This Flipped Class Is Studying Biology with a $10 Microscope and a Smart Phone

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.

Mississippi Community Colleges Deploy Analytics to Reduce Online Dropouts

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.

Wayne State University Academica Portal

Rethinking the Campus Web Portal

Wayne State University is rolling out a homegrown portal focused on real-time, two-way communication and better anticipating users' needs.