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Groundhog Day

When it comes to IT budgets, the "new normal" is looking a lot like the "same old, same old."

The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework Moves Forward

In May 2011, WCET announced the receipt of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to begin work on the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework. Now, a federated dataset has been created and PAR researchers have already begun to analyze the data, looking for variables affecting student performance and success. Here, WCET Executive Director Ellen Wagner comments on this milestone for the PAR Framework and on plans to expand the database to increase opportunities for sharing predictive analytics more widely.

Curiosity as a Learning Outcome

Can we update our learning-assessment systems?

Islands in the Stream: Academic Technology, Digital Copyright, and The TEACH Act

Virtually everyone who works at an academic institution has experienced the complexity, uncertainty, and sometimes turmoil that has resulted from the collision of the new and evolving digital media world with a system of copyright that was originally created for more traditional media. Ray Uzwyshyn, director of online libraries for the American Public University System--with 104,000 all-online students--sees these challenges often and suggests that it’s time to rethink digital copyright assumptions.

What TCO Really Means

How we can better serve the legacy of Steve Jobs.



Digital Visual Asset Management Beyond the Library

DAM: Academics can now curate and maintain image collections that will complement their institution’s digital assets.

SULA: Real World Learning in the Entertainment Capital for Media Industry Students

CT asked media industry pioneer David Tochterman about a unique LA Semester program based at Syracuse University’s West Coast-Los Angeles campus that gives entertainment media students real-world, onsite exposure to the entertainment industry capital while using new media to model professional communications and industry trends.

Jobs, Well Done

What we can learn from Steve Jobs, in life and in death.

A Survey of the Electronic Portfolio Market Sector: Analysis and Surprising Trends

Trent Batson's recent survey of ePortfolio technology providers shows that there's a move in the ePortfolio marketplace now, from its earlier concentration on institutional assessment portfolios to the inclusion of a wider range of products that support student-centered as well as institution-centered portfolios--opening up the potential for new learning designs.

The Eye of the Storm

Consumer IT and student expectations are bearing down on higher ed, whether it’s ready or not.