Collaboration & Web 2.0


Knewton Launches Multi-Course Subscription

Knewton has updated its subscription options to allow students to access multiple courses. Priced at $79.99, the new Altapass gives students unlimited use of multiple Alta products across a single subject area for up to two years.

Learning Engineering: Making Education More "Professional"

Learning engineering has taken many forms since the term was coined by Herbert Simon back in the 1960s. Ellen Wagner, who chairs IEEE's ICICLE SIG on Learning Engineering Among the Professions offers some perspective — from Simon's original insight to LE's application and potential today.

FlatWorld Intros Customizable Subscription Service

Learning materials publisher FlatWorld is now offering Flatworld Institutional, a textbook subscription service that allows universities and departments to tailor the textbook selection to students' specific needs.

OER Awareness Among Faculty Gaining Ground

The use of open educational resources could be at a turning point: It's beginning to shake off its fringe reputation and gain greater recognition among faculty and department heads. A recent Babson Survey Research Group study found "steady growth in awareness" among these individuals and predicted that adoption growth could accelerate.

Criminal Justice Associate Program Redesigned for Zero Textbook Costs

A community college in New York City has introduced a criminal justice associate's degree that will use only open educational resources. The Borough of Manhattan Community College said the move is expected to save each student about $2,500 in textbook costs.



New Insights into How People Learn

When the National Academies issued its first expanded "How People Learn" report, the contents struck a nerve, providing a readable explanation of the various research findings on the science of learning along with guidance on how to turn those insights into instructional practice in the classroom. A new version of that report offers an updated view on the topic and pushes beyond K-12.

Digital Dominates in College Libraries

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 billion items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

VR Tops Faculty Wish List for the Classroom

In our 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, faculty members told us about their most-wanted hardware and software, feelings on tech's value for learning, technologies they're using in class and more.

Cal State Long Beach Turns to Crowdsourcing for Next Strategic Plan

California State University Long Beach is turning to online crowdsourcing to help map out its future. Using a platform developed by game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal, "Imagine Beach 2030" invited participants to share their ideas and provide feedback on others' ideas during two days in November.

Northern Illinois U to Introduce Center Dedicated to Ed Tech Research

Next year Northern Illinois University will open CREATE Center, a new facility dedicated to "cross-disciplinary research on engaging advanced technology for education." It will be housed in the College of Education.

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