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Faculty 'Buy-in'--to What?

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.

A Green Light to Lead

CIOs must spearhead the move to sustainable campuses, for the sake of their institutions and their own jobs.

The Old Revolution

Discussions of educational change and debates over traditional values versus new movements in education have seemed to ebb and flow over the history of education, particularly during the 20th century. But is the environment now right for a true revolution, with the push toward "21st Century skills" and new media? Michael Wesch examines trends over several decades to offer some perspective.

Feeling 'All Boxed-Out?' Prezi Offers an Alternative to PowerPoint

The presentation paradigm is starting to change with the times. We may finally get free from the “boxed” ideas in PowerPoint slides. A good first step is Prezi.

Strong and Steady Wins the Retention Race

Director of Retention Angela Naginey has employed a “holistic” strategy in her retention initiative at Cal Lutheran University. Her plan includes partnerships across campus, early identification of at-risk students, and a continuous review process. All components are supported both with software, including Hobsons’ Retain, and with ongoing outreach efforts.



Continuity of Learning: The Web Sweet Spot

Learning in higher education--formal, informal, and social--is constantly disrupted and almost always scattered during the years of undergraduate education. Learning experiences during those years are discontinuous and vertically organized because of an over-arching business model that undermines the continuity of learning by making knowledge into separate chunks instead of recognizing it as flow. But, there is an alternative…

Reading in the Dark Ages

It’s 2011 already. What’s the holdup with e-readers designed for the needs of academia?

Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper

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.

Egypt: The Terror of Free Information, The Promise for Higher Education

Information technology has two faces: control and freedom. Egypt showed us the power of free exchange of communication (the IT face of freedom). How can higher education, dedicated to the free exchange of ideas, not fully embrace this most extraordinary medium?

The Bygone Decade of Definition, Distance

The decade we have just closed out seemed to be a decade of continuous definition and redefinition of the distance between where we are and where we need to be in our education system... Throughout this exhaustive (and exhausting) period, our ability to accept the change we have clearly identified as critical for our future has not transitioned to adequate action...