Today, instructional designers at community colleges have exciting opportunities to improve instruction and service to students, as their toolkit has grown to include an amazing array of Web 2.0 tools and new media. CT asked Michael Medlock, the director of Instructional Design and Technology at Rio Salado College how instructional designers and a team of faculty, subject matter experts, and media developers follow instructional design principles and strategies that leverage technology and new media to create robust learning designs that advance instruction at Rio Salado College.
San Antonio College uses webcasting technology to certify its faculty members in counseling and to train call center agents.
After losing irreplaceable footage, UCLA Athletics implements a new archive and retrieval workflow solution to better protect its digital media content.
Thrust into online learning at scale in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--a disaster that put 45 percent of its physical campus out of commission--New Orleans-based Delgado Community College experienced the aftershock of realizing that many of its students were not "online ready." Success rates--and therefore retention and completion rates--suffered just because of a student skills gap in online education. A self-guided online learning module, DORM, has made a big difference even as a doubling of enrollment since 2006 has put further pressure on available classroom space.
Adobe has announced Creative Suite 6, a major update to the company's professional digital media production suite, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Flash. The company has also released details about its upcoming Creative Cloud offering, including education subscription pricing.
Logically, e-textbooks should be much cheaper than the print options available to students--but they're not. CT looks at the rationale behind their pricing, and the market factors at play.
Symphony Video and Automatic Sync Technologies have just completed a joint effort to create an integrated workflow with built-in management controls to streamline the video captioning process.
This university, which takes its sports very seriously, is teaching broadcast students how to play "the game."
Photoshop CS6 adds 65 new user-requested features and includes new video tools, enhancements to the paint engine, and improved performance.
For a decade the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project has, through its research, obtained consensus from experts about the technologies that most impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. NMC Horizon Project research, shared in its annual NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education Edition and other NMC Horizon Project publications, also identifies metatrends and global challenges for education--providing some important perspectives and context for campus technology planners. CT talked with NMC CEO Larry Johnson about the latest list of metatrends from the NMC Horizon Project.