Collaboration & Web 2.0


U Wisconsin Stout Gets Grant for Open Textbook Pilot

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is undertaking a new project to embed open textbooks and other resources into courses.

Affordable Learning at Scale With OER

Open educational resources free students and faculty from the tyranny of the textbook. Here's how to encourage large-scale adoption.

Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra) Highlights Assistive Tech Adherence

Blackboard has improved accessibility functionality for its online collaboration application.

Brightspace LMS Adds New Analytics Tools

D2L has unveiled the Autumn15 release of its Brightspace learning management system, which includes a variety of new analytics features and reports.

U Edinburgh Adopts New App for In-Class Voting

A university in Scotland has licensed new technology to support in-class voting.



Open Textbook Network Saves Students $1.5 Million, Inspires OER Senate Bill

A bill introduced in the United States Senate this month would encourage colleges and universities to try out open educational resources (OER) by funding pilot programs. One of the sponsors of Senate Bill 2176 was Al Franken, senator from the state of Minnesota, where the University of Minnesota's Center for Open Education recently announced that its Open Textbook Network has saved students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Adds Updates for Competency Ed, More

Blackboard Learn is getting a cluster of new features and assuring its customers that the flagship software still matters even as the company pursues development of its next-generation software.

Making Waves of Innovation — A Model from Pepperdine University

Many higher education institutions are working on initiatives to maintain a culture of creativity and innovation even in difficult economic times. CT spoke with Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives Lee Kats, to learn about Pepperdine University's Waves of Innovation model.

U Missouri Program Connects Students to Digital Course Materials

The University of Missouri System is partnering with Pearson on a digital delivery program aimed at giving students easier access to course content and better preparing them for the first day of class.

Lumen Learning Intros Personalized Learning Courseware

A new offering from open education company Lumen Learning offers students and faculty insights and tools to make their own decisions about how to learn most effectively.

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