Education Technology News

The latest education technology news and trends for college and university ed tech professionals. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Visit our feature article pages!

Getting General Ed Credits 'Out of the Way' at Community Colleges Is Lousy Advice

Getting general ed requirements "out of the way" by going to a community college may be among the worst advice people could give to new students because it could result in them earning many more credits than they need, hampering their efforts to get over the four-year finish line. As a working paper published by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College noted, previous research found that only about 60 percent of community college students were able to transfer most of their credits to the four-year institution; and another 15 percent were "hardly able to transfer any of their credits." As a result, their chances of earning a bachelor's degree shrank, and the cost and time required to earn their degrees rose.

Expect Challenges with Online Programs with Repeal of Net Neutrality

The disregard for net neutrality voted into reality by current White House appointees may inspire commercial internet service providers to charge colleges and universities more to deliver their bandwidth-hungry videos, simulations and interactive programs to students. That would add additional pressure to fiscal management of online programs, according to a new report by U.S. higher education consultancy Hanover Research. Other challenges outlined in the report include shrinking enrollment; skepticism on the value of higher ed; and unsustainable tuition strategies.

ACE and Credly Building Transcript for Digital Credentials

The American Council on Education and Credly have announced the intention to create a digital "working transcript." Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Lumina Foundation, the initiative will build a process for recording the outcomes of training programs as discrete competencies, which will be usable as portable, digital, verified credentials. The project will also involve creation of a machine-readable official transcript of on-the-job skills that can be shared with colleges and universities and employers as verified résumés of knowledge, skills and abilities.

College Risk-Reward Index Flags High-Debt Schools

According to LendEDU, a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinancing, six in 10 college graduates will "walk away from campus with diplomas in one hand and student loan debt in the other." The company recently released its annual college risk-reward index, which ranks higher education institutions based on graduates' early career pay versus student debt. The average debt for the class of 2016 was $27,975, the company noted.

More Frequent, Intensive Advising Cranks up Student Engagement

A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin found that students who get more time in advising with more in-depth discussions during their advising sessions are more engaged in community college. The center surveyed about 180,000 students at 297 colleges around the country to study the impact of advising on retention and engagement.

Survey: In an AI World, Retraining Will Come from Employers, Not Higher Ed

Seventy-six percent of respondents in a recent survey "agree" or "strongly agree" that artificial intelligence "will fundamentally change" the way we live and work over the next decade, according to Northeastern University and Gallup researchers. A majority among employed respondents agreed that they'll need more training to get a new job at an equivalent salary. Given a list of retraining options, the largest number (49 percent) would look to employers for on-the-job training.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Feb. 26, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Innovations Conference, Digital Signage Expo 2018, University Innovation Alliance National Summit, SANS 2018, O.L.C. Innovate and the A.A.C.C. 98th Annual Convention.

Volunteers Step in with NMC Horizon Report Alternative

In the wake of the New Media Consortium's bankruptcy and an uncertain future for the organization's "Horizon" reports, a new initiative undertaken by a group of volunteers aims to provide an alternative forum for forecasting the future of technology in education. The "Future of Education & Everything Community" (FOECast) is kicking off this week with a set of activities intended to capture ideas from people worldwide.

MIT Researchers Aim to Bring Neural Nets to Smartphones

Neural networks have been behind many advancements in AI in recent years, underpinning systems designed to recognize speech or individual faces, among others. But neural nets are also large and power hungry, making them poor candidates to run on personal devices such as smartphones, and forcing apps that rely on neural nets to upload data to a server for processing. But researchers at M.I.T. are working on a new kind of computer chip that might change that. The new chip improves the speed of neural-network computation by three to seven times and reduces energy consumption by 94 to 95 percent, according to the research team.

Print Management Software Updated to Cover Fab Lab Gear Too

A new version of software intended to help organizations manage all of their printers now connects with specialty services as well, including 3D printers and CNC machines that may be located in maker or fabrication labs. PaperCut MF version 18 includes a new job ticketing capability that enables printing service operators at schools and colleges to accept specialty and 3D printing job submissions, such as laser cutting and prototype creation. The program enables the operator to track those jobs through the production process while also communicating work status to the requester.

Campus Technology News

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.