Higher-Education Technology News

All news articles from the CT editorial team, in chronological order.


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U Penn xLAB Lets Students Develop New Entertainment Experiences

Imagine a show that responds when children place their action figures in front of the television in order to see their favorite characters. When something happens on the broadcast (like a superhero getting knocked down), the action figure reflects that by falling over too. Or what about a room that flashes in team colors when your football team scores a goal or a yoga mat that displays where to place hands and feet and then restarts a video once you're in the right position?

Survey: IT and Academics Don't Work Together Much

Campus IT is a disjointed effort at most campuses. For example, in more than four out of five colleges and universities, IT professionals report that they do not regularly develop joint plans with academic departments for IT initiatives. These are some of the results that came out of a survey of 152 higher ed IT people in June by MeriTalk, a government-focused Web site.

Online Ed Leaders Named to 2014 OLC Class of Fellows

Seven new higher ed leaders have joined the ranks of the Fellows of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium).

U Sussex Adopts Software-Defined Storage

The University of Sussex in the United Kingdom has implemented a new software-defined storage system to improve network performance and support future expansion of its IT infrastructure.



Extron Intros New Lecture Capture Processor

Extron Electronics has introduced the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for lecture capture and distribution.

Southern Methodist U Debuts Online Grad Program in Data Science

To help meet a growing demand, Dallas’ Southern Methodist University will launch a new Master of Science degree in data science in 2015, with courses drawn across its schools of humanities and sciences, engineering, and the arts.

Penn State Implements Clientless Remote Access to University Applications

Penn State has replaced its Java-based remote access system with a clientless solution to provide students and faculty with access to university software from anywhere, through virtually any device.

MIT Media Lab Debuts ScratchJr for Coding in K-2

Scratch has a new sibling. The MIT Media Lab-developed programming environment intended for children recently welcomed ScratchJr into the world of kids' coding tools.

edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years'

Anant Agarwal, CEO of the nonprofit MOOC platform provider edX, had some harsh words for traditional education, saying it's "pathetic" that classrooms today still look like the did decades ago. And, undaunted by MOOC critics, Agarwal highlighted the potential he sees for MOOCs in a keynote address at the Campus Technology conference yesterday.

Encryption and Secure Clouds Receive NSF Security Funding

The National Science Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program has issued two multi-million dollar awards for multi-institutional projects in cybersecurity.