Here's what's on the IT table for three different institutions during the coming year.
Faculty and staff at five colleges and universities have received top awards in the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Academic Alliance Seed Fund — a program that financially supports efforts to recruit and retain women in technology disciplines.
The National Math and Science Initiative has expanded the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five more universities and will expand again to another five universities in the fall of 2015, bringing the total number of universities implementing the program to 45.
Western Governors University has been selected as a partner in 100Kin10, a national network that aims to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers over 10 years.
Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, a program designed to foster startups focused on education technology, is accepting applications through May 5.
Updates business software includes new modules for scheduling and proctoring exams, managing conferences, and creating programs for corporate partners.
The Florida Department of Education has awarded a STEM research center at Florida State University $14.3 million in new grants to build a professional development program for teachers and build up the state's online collection of science, technology, engineering and math curriculum resources.
Three education organizations are teaming up to deliver training to principals about how to create digital learning environments in their schools.
For young people seeking innovation in the organizations where they work, education as a sector may not be the most conducive environment. "Millennials," who make up a quarter of the current workforce, consider educational institutions the least innovative, at least when compared to retail, technology, healthcare and advertising, marketing and PR.
The high cost of traditional textbooks has been recognized as a likely roadblock to student success and is one of the reasons institutions are looking at the adoption of open education resources. But converting a course for OER can be a challenge for instructors. Lane Community College's OER Faculty Fellowship program offers both incentives and support for faculty adoption of OER. The college's ongoing OER adoption work of five years earned it a WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award this fall.