Collaboration & Web 2.0

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Resetting the Student Attention Clock

The length of time an average university student could concentrate on a task without becoming distracted back in 1973, according to a survey published at the time, was between 10 and 20 minutes. A 2006 survey by Diana Oblinger, current president of Educause, determined that the average student attention span had shrunk to around seven minutes.

Stanford Prof Unveils 'Inspiring' Math Curriculum

A professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Education has launched a new free math curriculum designed to help engage students more deeply in math.

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6 Tips for Creating a 'Mini' MOOC

There are ways to allow your institution to experiment with online courses, even if they're not intended to be "massive." An online program manager shares advice.

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Replacement Versus Transformation: Tips for Taking a Printed Work Digital

Jonathan Blake Huer, director of emerging technologies and media development at Ball State University, shares his checklist that faculty can use to help them transition their work from print to digital.

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Engaging Students with Active Learning

According to Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at University of Michigan, if your goal is to improve student outcomes, employ active learning techniques.

Ellucian Adds Competency-Based Ed LMS

Ellucian is adding a competency-based education learning management system to its portfolio of higher education software and services, with the acquisition of LMS technology from Helix Education.

Social Network Launches to Help Potential Cornell Students Make Acceptance Decisions

Cornell University has created a private social network, CUontheHill, to help high school seniors who have been accepted for admission make the decision about whether to attend the Ithaca, NY school.

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Free iPhone App Brings LSU Admissions Team Together for Conference Calls

After struggling to hold meetings over conference bridges and Skype sessions, Louisiana State University's team of admissions counselors have found an app that helps them conduct conference calls easily and keep in touch at all times.


5 Lecture Capture Hacks for More Engaging Videos

The best flipped courses provide students with compelling, interactive learning content to hold their attention outside of class. Here are five ways to take lecture videos to the next level. 

Gale Tackles Digitizing of Arabic Source Materials

Educational publishing company Gale is getting off the ground with a new multi-year project to digitize Arabic primary sources and reference materials.