Collaboration & Web 2.0


Southern New Hampshire U Issues Blockchain Credentials to College for America Grads

This spring, graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's College for America are receiving their bachelor's and associate degrees as both paper diplomas and Blockcerts, digital credentials based on blockchain technology.

BYU's Social Media Agency Puts Student Learning to Work

Students at Brigham Young University have been getting the opportunity to work with real-world clients such as Pepsi, Subaru, the NBA and Marriott thanks to the school's student-run digital and social media agency, Y Digital. Described on its site as "a full-service, digital communications agency sponsored and housed by Brigham Young University," the organization's student-employees work with faculty members and industry professionals for each project.

Making Progress on Course Content Accessibility

New tools are helping colleges and universities tackle the accessibility of instructor-created content, student coursework, note-taking and more.

Columbia College Uses Ed Map to Roll Fees, Book Costs into Tuition

A Missouri college has signed with Ed Map to embed digital curriculum into its courses to make the expense invisible to students as part of a new tuition approach. Columbia College, a private nonprofit college in Columbia, announced the partnership for its adult education and online education divisions. All course materials will be part of the tuition students pay in those programs.

Emerald Release of D2L Updates Interface, Activity Feed, Analytics

D2L has updated its learning management system. The "Emerald Release" of Brightspace offers new analytics features, improvements to the user experience and functions to expedite use of the LMS by educators.



Blackboard Intros Web Accessibility Checker

Blackboard today introduced Blackboard Ally for Web, a solution for assessing and improving the accessibility of institutions' websites. The tool expands on Blackboard's Ally product (launched last year), which focuses on the accessibility of course materials in learning management systems.

Cornell Sociology Launches Active Learning Project Across 5 Courses

Cornell University's Department of Sociology is offering five large introductory courses that have been reimagined as part of the College of Arts and Science's Active Learning Initiative. The initiative is remaking discussion sections and lectures, in part by better relating them to one another. Other changes include clicker polls, short data analysis assignments and "think-pair-share" activities.

Texas A&M PE Courses Go Digital

The Physical Education Activity Program at Texas A&M University is incorporating digital textbooks to help engage students and prepare them for class activities. The course materials were created by Skyepack, a digital publishing company specializing in custom learning content that can be updated and adjusted on the fly.

When Learning Analytics Violate Student Privacy

The rise of analytics in higher education raises questions about the responsible use of student data. Here are some of the issues and how institutions are dealing with them.

New Online Bookstore to Save St. Francis College Students 60 Percent on Textbook Costs

Students at St. Francis College are expected to save an average of 60 percent on their textbooks, thanks to a new deal with online bookstore provider Akademos. Starting this fall, all course materials will be available via the Akademos platform, which offers new, used, rental and e-book formats as well as a peer-to-peer marketplace.

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