The phrases "faculty resistance," or the "lack of faculty buy-in" to adopting information technology for the core teaching/learning paradigm, have become by-words in academia. Yet both phrases are empty and lead nowhere.... Technology advocates urge faculty members to go away from what they've been doing but don't explain what they should go toward.
Rochester Institute of Technology in New York will be encouraging instructors to develop their skills in open source through participation in workshops sponsored by Red Hat.
Microsoft is giving a boost to accessibility in its Office 2010 suite and launching new training courses and resources dedicated to helping developers produce more accessible sites and software.
Software developer Serebra has released an update to its flagship learning management system, Serebra Campus. The latest release gets performance enhancements and new administrative capabilities.
Purdue University is launching an online-only version of its master's degree program focused on learning design and technology.
One community college system stages a yearly event to help member institutions hone their emergency-management skills.
Discussions of technology strategy and planning for new media at colleges and universities are informed by many factors of higher education culture and the way its core constituents--faculty and students--work and learn. One rapidly evolving area is online assessment, whether for fully online programs or for blended learning environments. Here, learning designer Judith Boettcher examines online assessment strategies beyond the traditional end-of-term paper.
At the Training 2011 Conference and Expo in San Diego this week, Cisco announced its new Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialist certification. Cisco also introduced Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction (LVCI) training courses as preparation for the certification exams.
PBS TeacherLine has introduced an online course developed at Purdue University for elementary teachers specifically to strengthen their teaching strategies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics.
Pearson has introduced a new service targeted at K-12 schools and colleges and universities that want to help their instructors develop skills for teaching online.