Early adopters may wonder why other faculty seem so slow to incorporate technology in their courses, but there are actually many external barriers to adoption, including long-held expectations by students and their parents, the endurance of classrooms designed as lecture spaces, and several other standing elements like existing syllabi, textbooks, and even the need to fulfill tenure requirements.
Like the hedgehog, higher education should find its one best survival strategy and use it. And that may be portfolios.
Troy University has added ProctorU to its list of approved proctors for some classes.
Giving students a Web-based tutorial on plagiarism is more effective in deterring the behavior than threatening students with detection and punishment. That's according to the results of an experiment conducted by professors at the University of Michigan and Swarthmore College and published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Midway through its second year, Abilene Christian University's mobile learning initiative expands to include classroom management and blogging, with mobile podcasting on the way.
Reazon Systems has released a student assessment module that works with the Sakai open source course management system. iRubric for Sakai integrates with Sakai CLE (collaborative learning environment) to perform rubric generation, assessment, and reporting. Users can access the functionality directly from the Sakai gradebook.
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.
In most classrooms around the world, using cell phones to send text messages and laptops to access sites like Facebook and Twitter are very much discouraged. Not so at Purdue University, where some professors have come to embrace social networking as an instructional aid.
Turning Technologies has debuted its new ResponseCard RF LCD, an classroom clicker device that contains a small LCD screen for participants to confirm their responses.
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.