21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources


Penn State World Campus Taps VR for Educating Teachers

A project at Penn State World Campus immersed teachers into a virtual classroom as part of a graduate-level special education course. Students could use a virtual reality headset to watch 360-degree videos or view them as regular videos on YouTube.

Report: Students Spending Less on Course Materials

This academic year, the average cost of college students' required course materials dropped to $579, down from $602 last year and $701 in 2007-2008, according to a new report from the National Association of College Stores.

North Carolina Central Joins State Campus Online Network

The institution, one of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also launched a new online degree certificate for artists who want to teach.

STEMconnector Adds Credly Badges to Day of Design Competition

The Day of Design will ask students in K-12 and higher education to tackle a series of challenges incorporating teamwork and design thinking to cultivate skills necessary for success in STEM fields and is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Microsoft Debuts Budget-Friendly Acer and HP Mixed Reality Headsets

Microsoft finally introduced two mixed reality (MR) branded headsets (in developer editions) this week in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Offering Students Flexible Leasing for Surface Devices, Deals on Windows 10 PCs

Surface machines, which double as tablets or laptops, are available to students at a 10 percent discount through a new 24-month payment plan.

6 Ways to Build a Better CBE Program

Sinclair Community College's competency-based education program for online students forces candidates to write a "vision" statement, has disabled discussion forums in its courses and boots out students who don't make the 80 percent cut score. And its CBE students are credentialing at three times the rate of students in ordinary online programs.

Report: Most Millennials Learn More from Technology than from People

The majority of millennials ages 18-34 (69 percent) say they learn more information from technology than from people, according to a new report from nonprofit leadership training organization Growing Leaders.

Walsh U Taps Private Partner to Expand Online Programs

The private Catholic university in Ohio saw 39 percent growth in its master's nursing program between 2011 and 2016 and a 62 percent growth in its RN-BSN programs over the same period.

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Prof Teaches Materials Science with Minecraft

An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is using Minecraft to teach her students about the properties of building materials.

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