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Using Twitter To Support Learning

Ruth Reynard, associate professor of education and director of the Center for Instructional Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University, explains how instructors can move beyond using Twitter to keep students up to date on announcements and assignments and begin using the service to to facilitate learning.

Search Rescue

As a way to instill better research skills, a university librarian discusses innovative ways to move students--and faculty--beyond their reliance on Google.

NMC's New List of Metatrends--It's Not Just About The Technology

For a decade the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project has, through its research, obtained consensus from experts about the technologies that most impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. NMC Horizon Project research, shared in its annual NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education Edition and other NMC Horizon Project publications, also identifies metatrends and global challenges for education--providing some important perspectives and context for campus technology planners. CT talked with NMC CEO Larry Johnson about the latest list of metatrends from the NMC Horizon Project.

Redefining Shareholder Value

Apple's announcement about improving working conditions in its factories could introduce a new era of fair trade electronics.

Camplification

Open education has the power to reinvigorate higher ed campuses.



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.