Collaboration & Web 2.0


New CourseKey Feature Takes Attendance with Sound

The CourseKey student attendance and engagement platform has a new trick: taking attendance with sound. The automated feature emits a sound — inaudible to humans — from the instructor's classroom device, causing all student devices in the classroom to log their presence.

Adaptive Bio Course for Non-Majors Finds Success with Simulation, Virtual Field Trips

A recent analysis of the use of BioBeyond, an introductory college biology course that uses simulations, virtual field trips and adaptive technology, showed better learning outcomes than the use of traditional instruction.

Survey: Most Students Say Technology Boosts Academic Success

Three out of four college and university students think technology has had a positive impact on their academic success, according to a recent survey.

Rhode Island OER Celebrates First Birthday with Savings of $870K

Just a year after introducing a project to embed the use of open educational resources into higher education, the state of Rhode Island announced that it has saved students $870,000 in textbook costs.

Bicameral Act Promotes Federal Grants for OER

Five members of Congress have introduced a new law to encourage colleges and universities to try out or expand their use of open educational resources.



Carnegie Mellon Prof Named Learning XPrize Finalist for RoboTutor Tool

A team led by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Professor Jack Mostow has won $1 million as a Global Learning XPrize finalist for its RoboTutor software.

Courseware in Context Framework Gets Update, New Features

The Courseware in Context Framework today released a number of new features aimed at improving usability.

Cal State Dominguez Hills Rolls Out 4 Mobile Fabrication Laboratories

The fab labs were created by the public university with help from Toyota, the W.M. Keck Foundation and Motivo Engineering to address several issues described as “the heart of the STEM crisis” by the organizations.

Video on Its Way to Becoming Education Norm

Video has become as ubiquitous in higher education classrooms as big screens in the fitness center and Hulu in residential halls, according to the latest results of Kaltura's "The State of Video in Education" report.

Penn State Gives All Students Free Access to Adobe Tools

Beginning today, Penn State University is offering Adobe Creative Cloud to all students and faculty, who will have full access to the suite of multimedia design tools at no cost.

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