In support of its strategic plan to increase student satisfaction, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide launched a live virtual classroom dubbed EagleVision nearly 5 years ago. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive, and in fact the system has been life-changing for many. Becky Vasquez, Embry-Riddle CTO, reports that demand from students for this new learning platform has increased almost 100 percent in the last year alone.
Some say the virtual real estate bubble has burst, but next-gen technologies and niche applications may breathe new life into virtual environments.
Virtual worlds like Second Life may have lost some luster in recent years, but educators and technologists say they still have value for higher ed. Here are four ways to make virtual environments work for you.
A new deal between Cambridge University Press and education technology vendor EduTone is the latest to blend access control infrastructure with actual digital media. California-based EduTone is purchasing the Press' UK-based Global Grid for Learning, a digital content aggregation business.
Each state has its own regulations pertaining to education services offered in their state by out-of-state institutions. Some distance education providers will not be able to comply with every state's regulations, choosing instead not to serve students from those states where they find it too difficult or impossible to obtain the state's authorization. WCET and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association recently surveyed institutions regarding their approaches to state regulations--concluding it's the students who may suffer.
E-textbook developer Kno has released Textbooks 1.6.1 for iPad, bringing new multimedia resources to the textbook reader, including videos from Khan Academy, and adding new support for interactive 3D objects.
The framework for a new program-wide blogging initiative at Virginia Tech's Honors Residential College encourages students to "narrate, curate, share" their stories of learning. This fall, the College will integrate blogging into its traditional program as a means to foster self-aware learners and promote digital citizenship.
Ed tech developer SoftChalk has released an update to its authoring suite for education, SoftChalk 7, and launched a premium version of its learning object repository, Connect Plus.
McGraw-Hill Higher Education will launch McGraw-Hill Campus, a service that allows schools to integrate the company's course solutions with any learning management system at no additional cost. It will be available July 21.
We have moved away from a defining model of scarcity and can expect fundamental change in the availability and delivery of higher education in the US.