Research, Surveys & Forecasts

Tuition Discount Rates at Private Colleges Increase, Providing More Aid for Students

Students at private colleges paid less than sticker price this year, while institutions faced acute consequences, reported NACUBO.

Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need To Face some Amount of Online Risk

If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety.

Research Project Mixes Humans and Machines for Better Crowdsourcing

How do you maintain the "big picture" in crowdsourcing when a bunch of people are handling different pieces of the work? A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Bosch argue that computers can guide the process and do a better job than humans could in many cases.

Hiring Experts Still Mostly Boggled by Digital Credentials

The future for digital credentials is still a bit foggy. A new survey on the topic found that just over a third (36 percent) of people involved in human resources and talent management have any knowledge of the topic. Only a quarter of those surveyed have already begun using digital credentials, such as badges, in their recruitment or hiring processes.

Survey: Instructional Designers 'Pivotal' in Tech Adoption

A report on instructional designers in post-secondary education found them to be pivotal to technology adoption but also noted that they face a number of obstacles, not the least of which is faculty resistance.

Report: Consortia-Wide Adoption of Common LMS Improves Efficiency, Reduces Costs

Up-front cost savings and operational efficiencies are two of the main reasons some education consortia adopt a common learning management system. Over time colleges have also seen pedagogical benefits to using a common LMS, according to a new report from the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative and Mindwires.

Western Governors U Launches Journal of Competency-Based Ed

Western Governors University and Wiley have partnered to launch The Journal of Competency-Based Education, which has released its inaugural issue.

New Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants Aim To Improve Teacher Education

MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab will support grant winners as they conduct research on STEM teaching.

Higher Ed Slow To Shift to Digital Experiences

Public universities could really use some help in sorting out how to use their digital content, technologies and practices to do a better job of interacting with their "customers" — students and families. Likewise, they're making glacially slow progress on meeting the expectations of prospective students. Those findings come out of a sponsored survey that examined the current state of content management practices in higher education.

Report: We Have the Data, Now We Need To Personalize Learning

Schools have been collecting data on students through standardized tests and other means for years, but teachers, parents and other stakeholders in students' development often don't have the opportunity to use that data to help meet individual students' needs, according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign.

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