Collaboration & Web 2.0


McGraw-Hill Education Adding Audio and Video Capture to Digital Course Materials

Several of McGraw-Hill Education's digital course materials will now feature embedded audio- and video-capture capabilities from video platform GoReact.

ED Grant Allows UC Davis to Lead Expansion of Open Textbooks

A $4.9 million grant will enable the University of California, Davis and a consortium of other institutions to build out a set of open textbooks intended for chemistry and career and technical education courses. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education awarded the four-year grant as part of an open textbooks pilot program, which was funded by Congress as part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill.

U-M Tracker Measures Reliability of News on Facebook, Twitter

As the deadline for voting in the mid-term elections approaches, people now have access to a new online tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on the big social media sites. The University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility, housed in the School of Information, created Iffy Quotient as a "platform health metric" to track "iffy" news in real time.

Report Pegs Cost to Develop an OER Course at $11,700

According to a recent research project, developing an open education resources course costs, on average, about $11,700, to cover salary and benefits for the instructors involved. Those results come from a study examining the implementation of OER in colleges. The work was commissioned by nonprofit Achieving the Dream.

Report: Students Prefer Courses that Use Open Educational Resources

Students like courses that use open education resources over their typical classes. In a recent research project, most reported that they experienced a boost in their learning experience; 59 percent said the quality of the instructional materials was better; 57 percent considered the caliber of teaching higher; and 54 percent claimed a stronger level of engagement. Those results come from a study examining the implementation of OER in colleges. The work was commissioned by nonprofit Achieving the Dream.



Ivy Tech CC Rolls out Interactive, Adaptive Digital Biology Course

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana recently announced it will use BioBeyond as the standard course for all of its online introductory biology courses. The college, which has more than 40 campus locations serving nearly 71,000 students, piloted the digital biology course over the summer, and now plans to use it in 37 online sections.

Michigan Online: "Here to Learn" — Together

Some of the University of Michigan's most innovative strategies for online learning are based on values held throughout its 200-plus year history. Here, U-M's associate vice provost for academic innovation explains why Michigan Online — a relatively recent initiative — brings communities of motivated learners together, both to learn together and to apply their knowledge to solving significant problems.

Perceivant Intros 15 New Courses

Ed tech company Perceivant is introducing 15 new "courses" — interactive courseware designed to replace the traditional textbook.

Courseware in Context Framework Gets Update, OLC Takes Over Project

The Courseware in Context Framework is getting a number of updates for 2018. The free suite of resources, originally launched in 2016 by the Online Learning Consortium and Tyton Partners (with contributions from SRI International), offers information and guidelines for selecting and implementing digital courseware products.

Microsoft Teams Adds Support for Surface Hub Devices

Microsoft gave the green light this week for organizations to deploy the Microsoft Teams app on Surface Hub devices.

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