Research, Surveys & Forecasts

Research Uncovers MOOC Cheating Strategy

Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have uncovered a new cheating scheme specific to MOOCs.

ACT Alarmed by U.S. Student Test Results

This year's ACT results show 31 percent of students still unready for college in English, math, reading or science — every subject tested by the assessment organization. That's a figure that has not changed since 2012, when it was slightly higher. Fewer than a fifth of those students can be expected to go on to earn a college degree within six years.

Report: Few Parents of College-Bound Students Aware of Upcoming SAT Changes

With changes to the SAT set to take effect in March 2016, 85 percent of parents with college-bound children are still unaware of the coming update, according to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep.

Research: Iterative Decision-Making Improves Critical Thinking

Want to help your students improve their critical thinking? Then give them opportunities to make decisions during your lab exercises.

Report Checks out Library Trends

Research and academic libraries are moving quickly in many directions in response to expectations of patrons who are growing accustomed to the consumer technology experience and digitization of content. Among the trends that are redefining institutional libraries: a push for mobile content delivery, more focus on managing research data and rethinking the use of library spaces. These and other trends were highlighted in a new, freely available report published by the NMC, a community of experts in educational technology.

Penn State Researchers Receive Science Text Comprehension Grant

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a grant worth nearly $1 million over three years to study how students' reading levels affect their comprehension of science texts.

Parents Muddled on STEM Tie to Manufacturing

Misperceptions about manufacturing careers surfaced in a survey run by the Alcoa Foundation and nonprofit SkillsUSA.

Three-Quarters of Students Say More Tech Would Improve Their Learning

Nearly six in 10 students would feel more comfortable being in a digital class than an in-person class and almost three-quarters report that they'd do better in their courses if only their instructors would use more technology, according to new research sponsored by VitalSource.

Energy Efficiency Cost Savings Trump Environmental Concerns at Nation's Colleges

On campus cost is a bigger driver for energy efficiency than environmental concerns, according to a new study jointly commissioned by Schneider Electric and the Alliance To Save Energy.

Tablet Shipments Fall 7 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015 with Apple Leading the Decline

Tablet vendors shipped 44.7 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 7 percent drop compared to the same period last year when the segment notched 48 million devices sold and a 3.9 percent decline compared to the fist quarter of this year, according to a new report from International Data Corp.