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Technology and the American Graduation Initiative: Opportunities and Caveats

Northern Virginia Community College's VP for Instructional and Information Technology Steve Sachs offers some advice for institutions as he comments on how technology can help achieve the goals of the American Graduation Initiative.

The Imagined Space of The Web 2.0 Classroom

Web 2.0 and new media have influenced the design of physical classroom spaces, just as they have offered new virtual spaces for interaction.

BI Today: More than Just a Big, Fat Report

An Oracle VP for education and research explains how real time information, dashboards, and aggregated data make BI in higher education a tool for competitiveness.

ePortfolios: Let Me Count the Ways

Rather than starting with a functional analysis of various ePortfolio tools, look at how ePortfolio technology in general fits with key educational trends and decide how a portfolio strategy can support your institution's unique objectives.

The American Graduation Initiative and Workforce Development in the Community College

The American Graduation Initiative sets out a goal for the United States to have the greatest proportion of college graduates of any country in the world by 2020. CT explored related issues for community college leaders and asked Maui Community College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto how technology-related workforce development might factor into achieving the goals of the new initiative.



The Cloud Opens the Floodgates for Faculty Innovation

Where should innovation in learning technology take place? In the case of early, pioneering efforts in the use of technology for instruction, many teaching faculty stepped forward and took the lead. But now, given the proliferation of technology, should innovation be charged to the central IT organizations? Or, perhaps we should ask instead, should the pendulum swing even more toward faculty innovation?

Online Solutions to the Enrollment Boom

Community colleges don't have to resort to midnight classes if they have a viable online learning program.

Teacherless Classrooms: Can We?

If you could have a choice between a 'teacherless classroom,' where chunks of knowledge are packaged and pushed out to potential learners by technology, or a 'classroom full of teachers,' where students are included in the teaching/learning conversation via technology, which would you pick?

eProcurement: Think Globally, Spend Locally

Higher education institutions are realizing the benefits of “buying local”—colleges and universities can use eProcurement applications in support of local vendors and economic inclusion, and to spur development in their region.

Where is the Student Voice in Assessment?

Many ePortfolio systems focus on institutional assessment data, putting student assessment--especially students' own reflections on their work--in second place. Batson advocates a voice for students in the assessment process.