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Report: Degree Attainment Needs To Accelerate

The authors of a new report warned that the United States is slipping on degree completion compared with other nations, falling to fourth overall among adults and 10th among young adults. We will ignore the underling causes of this trend "at our peril," they said. But what can colleges and universities do to help? Technology is one part of the solution.

10 Rules of Teaching in this Century

We’ve been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually, it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. As the revolution gathers momentum, many higher education institutions are clean-sheet redesigning teaching, learning, assessment, and career development. The 10 rules in this article suggest the depth of change that’s occurring on campus.

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Managing Change

A new report from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission gives us a peek into important trends regarding the future of education and confirms some of what we already know. Using a structured and targeted expert consultation exercise called "group concept mapping," the organization sought to identify, cluster, and rate the main changes in education and training expected to occur over the course of the next 20 years. The process yielded 203 unique ideas, grouped into 12 clusters and ranked for feasibility and importance.

Think Your Internet Connection Is Fast? Don't Count On It

Most Internet users have long been aware that the actual download speeds they get from their Internet connections are somewhat slower than advertised.

Google and Verizon Push Tiered Broadband Services

Google and Verizon this week issued a statement on United States broadband policy, describing an approach that would permit differentiated services.

Ohio Calls on Blackboard To Create Statewide Online Learning Clearinghouse

Ohio's Board of Regents will be working with Blackboard in developing a program to host distance learning courses in the state. Chancellor Eric Fingerhut chose Blackboard's consulting team to build a new, statewide digital learning clearinghouse that will provide a common platform for online courses.

MIT Research Asks, Just How Fast Is U.S. Broadband?

In the race for Internet speed, the United States could definitely be called a slacker. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the area of average advertised broadband download speed this country falls somewhere between those little heralded hotbeds of high tech, Italy and Greece.

Presidents Climate Commitment Expels Inactive Colleges

The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment has lost 15 signatories in a recent move to prune those institutions that haven't met any of their deadlines since committing to the sustainability initiative. The move was made by the consortium's steering committee, which simultaneously congratulated the remaining 673 institutions for the progress they've made.

Google Averts Censorship Showdown in China

China renewed Google's licenses as an Internet content provider for that country, according to Google's chief legal officer.