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.
The Curry School of Education and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia have launched a new lab school that puts digital fabrication technologies in the hands of middle schoolers.
In support of National Disability Awareness Month, Atomic Leaning has launched a free online workshop focused on accessibility in education.
A new on-demand professional development resource aims to help faculty get up to speed on emerging technologies.
Northwestern University and the University of Chicago have joined forces to open a professional development program for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Gardner-Webb University's School of Education this fall began using a new Web-based program to augment in-class instruction and help student educators fine tune their teaching practices.
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities will team up with Teach for America to create an alternative teacher preparation program for TFA participants, a first for the state.
The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions have joined forces to offer a new MOOC that will delve into the subject of badges for academic and professional credentials.
By 2016, most collaborative technologies will be available across devices, from Web browsers to desktop software to native smart phone and tablet apps, according to a new report.