"We know the current pricing of textbooks is discouraging students from purchasing the mandatory reading, but we are changing that," said Thomas Buus Madsen, chief operations officer of Bookboon.com, a company that makes its digital textbooks available free to college students.
Today, instructional designers at community colleges have exciting opportunities to improve instruction and service to students, as their toolkit has grown to include an amazing array of Web 2.0 tools and new media. CT asked Michael Medlock, the director of Instructional Design and Technology at Rio Salado College how instructional designers and a team of faculty, subject matter experts, and media developers follow instructional design principles and strategies that leverage technology and new media to create robust learning designs that advance instruction at Rio Salado College.
Thrust into online learning at scale in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--a disaster that put 45 percent of its physical campus out of commission--New Orleans-based Delgado Community College experienced the aftershock of realizing that many of its students were not "online ready." Success rates--and therefore retention and completion rates--suffered just because of a student skills gap in online education. A self-guided online learning module, DORM, has made a big difference even as a doubling of enrollment since 2006 has put further pressure on available classroom space.
Trivantis has released ReviewLink 1.0, an online tool provided in Lectora Inspire and Publisher to share and review course materials with colleagues before publishing.
International education and learning programs provider Pearson has upgraded its Equella digital repository system to version 5.2 by enhancing key elements of the product designed to help users search, create, and manage material online.
A new iPad app feature tied in to Facebook is designed to help students with ADHD combat procrastination and stay on task.
According to Rice University's OpenStax College initiative, the key to open ed success lies in better access to quality, turn-key content.
UC Irvine OpenCourseWare is now offering courses in Public Health, Physics, and Chemistry on iTunes U.
Faculty can review and evaluate textbooks using a new online portal from Akademos.
Citelighter Pro, a premium version of Citelighter's information sharing platform, will launch in May thanks to a partnership between the company and Cengage Learning.