Policy Issues


Why Do We Assess?

Just buying an ePortfolio system doesn't guarantee you're going to get the most out of assessment. Better assessment isn't automatically achieved by using new digital methods--it will probably take another approach to assessment as well. The place to start reassessing your assessment strategies may be in trying to capture what learning means to the students.

Meta-Analysis: Is Blended Learning Most Effective?

The United States Department of Education reported recently that it's found some evidence to support the notion that blended learning is more effective than either face to face or online learning by themselves. Further, between online and face to face instruction, online is at least as good and may even have the advantage in terms of improving student achievement and potentially expanding the amount of time (and quality time) students spend learning.

Why ePortfolio is the Tool of the Time and Who is Enaaeebling It

ePortfolios today are largely institutional reporting tools--assessment management applications. A new professional organization, called AAEEBL, aims to address two additional areas with ePortfolios.

A Study of CIO Roles and Effectiveness in Higher Education

The role of the CIO has existed in higher education for some 25 years, but its career path is not well defined. Wayne Brown's ongoing research, now under the guise of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officers Studies, attempts to uncover key trends in the CIO role in an effort to help IT leaders going forward.

Horns of the Dilemma for Faculty: Legacy Demands and Technology Expectations

Amidst the Web 2.0 tsunami, life on campus goes on as normal. Faculty members are still expected to publish in traditional journals, still expected to meet their classes in rooms equipped with chalkboards and designed for lectures, and still expected by their students to tell them what they should know so they can write it on paper during a test. Where's the tsunami?

High Tech Law Institute Remembers 100th Anniversary of 1909 US Copyright Act

At Santa Clara University, Santa Clara Law's High Tech Law Institute (HTLI) sponsored a booked-to-capacity conference to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the repealed 1909 Copyright Act.

Can We Gauge Technology's Impact on Learning Outcomes?

Recently, some universities have decided to end their laptop programs for students because of the economic challenges facing those institutions. But what has been the effect on students? There's no clear or consistent answer.

Report Available from Interagency Working Group on Digital Data

The Interagency Working Group on Digital Data of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Science has made available its January 2009 report that outlines a strategy for preservation and access to digital scientific data.

ePortfolio's Democratizing Potential May Be Quashed by IT Dark Side

Despite years of implementations in United States colleges, universities, and K-12 systems, ePortfolios are still generally in an identity crisis. The battle still rages over such issues as: Will personal ownership of learning be expanded and defined by personal portfolios, or will portfolio systems evolve into a set of technologies that further control and define learning from the institutional perspective?

Securing Cyberspace: What It Means for Higher Education

Prior to his election President Obama identified three 21st century threats that he felt had received insufficient attention: nuclear, biological, and cyber threats. He then made specific proposals about what he would do if elected President. What do his proposals mean for higher education?