Collaboration & Web 2.0


Survey: Digital Textbooks Gaining Esteem in Student Eyes

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.

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.

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?"

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.

Boundless To Add Open Textbooks

Boundless, which already publishes free textbooks that use repurposed free and open source material, is now allowing educators to publish their open educational resource textbooks via its authoring platform.

Google Classroom LMS now live

Google Rolls Out Free LMS for Apps for Education

Google's free learning management system, Google Classroom, is now in full release and is being made available today to all Apps for Education customers.