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Americans Place Highest Value on Higher Ed Programs that Align with Career Pathways

According to a new report from nonprofit Strada Education Network, American adults most value higher education programs that are directly related to their career paths.

4 Steps to Effective Data Use in CTE

Education and social policy research organization MDRC recently issued a 10-page brief laying out the challenges career and technical education programs face in collecting data and four steps they can take "to strengthen their own CTE data-collection and measurement activities."

End Users Will Spend $52 Billion on Wearables in 2020

According to a forecast from Gartner, worldwide end-user spending on wearable devices will reach $52 billion next year.

Study: Today's Classrooms Don't Foster Enough Creative Problem Solving Skills

The ability to communicate effectively, think creatively and collaborate are key skills that employers are looking for, but a new study from Adobe finds a gap between the demands of the job market and lessons in the classroom.

Fully Online Courses Are No. 1 Requirement for Many Working Learners

A recent report from child care and education benefits company Bright Horizons found that four out of five working learners do some of their learning online, and more than half are enrolled in courses that are entirely online.



College Websites, E-mail Among the Most Important Information Sources for Prospective Students

When prospective students are learning about colleges, their top information source is e-mails from the school, according to a report from Eduventures, the research arm of NRCCUA.

Playbook Shares How to Keep Higher Ed Collaboration Networks Healthy

What could an organization of universities creating an infrastructure for shareable cloud-based services have in common with a group of schools that convened an "emergency council" after World War I to make sure the country had a sufficient supply of "technically trained military personnel"? Both, according to a new "playbook" from Ithaka S+R, are successful examples of "higher education-focused networks."

Libraries Lead in OER Work on Campus

A recent report from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition covering the open educational resource activities at 132 colleges and universities found that library departments — and particularly, departments that handle scholarly communication — lead the way with OER on campus.

Use of Part-Timers Driving Down Student Success at Community Colleges

When students in remedial and gateway math classes are taught by part-time instructors, they may have better outcomes in their current course and the one that follows, but they're also less likely to take the subsequent course. Why would that be? A new research project by the Community College Resource Center at Columbia University's Teachers College suggested that "inferior working conditions" for those adjuncts — not inferior instructional practices — are responsible for the negative effects.

Educause XR Research Dives into Impact on Teaching and Learning

The second year of Educause's ongoing research on the use of immersive technologies has expanded from 10 colleges and universities to 17. And the findings on the use of what the researchers call "XR" (extended reality) have likewise grown.

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