Collaboration & Web 2.0


Retention Software Makes It Easier for Students to Request Help

The newest release of Starfish’s student retention software, its fifth version, features a streamlined interface as well as new ways for acting on data, online help for students, and options for making it easier to communicate with groups of students.

In Yearly LMS Count Canvas Gains, Blackboard Learn Loses

Even though support for the Angel learning management system will not officially end this month, plenty of institutions are apparently seeing the writing on the wall and jumping ship anyway. According to data compiled by Edutechnica.com, Angel has lost 39 institutional customers in the United States. During that same period Blackboard also lost 31 Blackboard Learn LMS customers. The only clear winner during the year has been Instructure, which gained 66 new institutional users, nearly making up the loss for the other two learning management systems (LMS).

Gale Adds Nearly 700 STEM Titles to Virtual Reference Library

Gale will add approximately 750 new books focused on STEM, healthcare and K-12 topics to its e-book platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library, as a result of signing four new publishers.

GitHub Rolls Out Free Student Developer Pack

GitHub has partnered with 13 companies and organizations to provide a package of developer tools free for students.

Oculus Rift

Could the Oculus Rift Redeem Virtual Reality in Higher Ed?

While early virtual reality was ahead of its time, Oculus VR just might push the technology into the mainstream -- particularly in higher education.



Stanford Business Programs Start Using Canvas LMS

Stanford Graduate School of Business is implementing the LMS Canvas for its management education programs, including its MBA.

Wallenberg Learning Center

Stanford U Display Wall Takes Visualization to a Higher Level

The newly furnished room includes high-resolution Christie MicroTiles that start two feet off the ground and form a seamless, curvilinear video wall that's 256-square-feet in size, spanning nearly the entire width of the room.

Elsevier Adding Classic Science and Humanties Ebooks to Legacy Collection

Elsevier is releasing a slate of new ebooks to its Legacy collection on ScienceDirect in five new areas, including arts and STEM, as well as new materials in a variety of existing categories.

Blackboard Teams With Ricoh on Document Imaging

Document imaging technology provider Ricoh will work with Blackboard to integrate its tools with the ed tech company's teaching and learning environments.

UMBC Joins Blackboard's Internet2 Project, Net+

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has joined up with Blackboard’s Internet2 related offering, Net+, although the school has had a partnership with Blackboard for years.