California's Senate is pondering legislation to mandate the development of digital textbooks in order to save college students money. A new bill proposes that the state invest $25 million to create 50 new textbooks, which would be made available free to students in digital form or would cost $20 each in printed form.
The federal AIM Commission this week posted recommendations for improving accessibility in higher education, among them the recommendation for mandatory, system-wide faculty orientation programs concerning accessibility "in all aspects of the education enterprise, including readings, courseware and instructional technology, assessments and instructor-made materials."
A new report from education data coalition Data Quality Campaign is calling on policymakers to strengthen links between K-12, workforce, and post-secondary institutions.
Twenty-three colleges, universities, K-12 districts, and other organizations are one step closer to receiving a portion of $150 million to be awarded by the United States Department of Education through the Investing in Innovation (i3) program.
A technical malfunction on the United States Department of Education's Direct Loan Web site made the financial records of as many as 5,000 borrowers temporarily available for public view earlier this month.
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.
The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has named 16 members to its 2011 Postsecondary Sector Board of Directors. Six are new, and 10 are returning.
To follow up on a 2010 reminder to colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts that their instructional technology adhere to accessibility laws, the federal government has issued a new FAQ document regarding compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium has renewed a statewide agreement with Microsoft that was originally signed in 1999.
Information technology has two faces: control and freedom. Egypt showed us the power of free exchange of communication (the IT face of freedom). How can higher education, dedicated to the free exchange of ideas, not fully embrace this most extraordinary medium?