Following close on the June 2011 launch of a consortium-supported open source platform for campus mobility, Indiana University has replaced the software it uses to deliver information services to mobile devices.
Each state has its own regulations pertaining to education services offered in their state by out-of-state institutions. Some distance education providers will not be able to comply with every state's regulations, choosing instead not to serve students from those states where they find it too difficult or impossible to obtain the state's authorization. WCET and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association recently surveyed institutions regarding their approaches to state regulations--concluding it's the students who may suffer.
HUBzero is a unique, open source platform for creating websites that provide instant access to simulation tools and computational resources--a veritable Swiss Army knife of web tools for research collaboration.
The Access Adaptive Technology Virtualization project marks the first-ever effort to create a statewide virtual lab with assistive software for disabled students.
Successful web portals help campus users stay informed, in touch, and up to speed. They are also a telling window into the efficiency of your institution.
U Washington technology accessibility specialist Terrill Thompson offers tips for improving accessibility on education portals and rich Internet applications.
When it comes to the online experience of your students and staff, simply maintaining Section 508 compliance is not enough. The best accessibility decisions open up options for all your users.
An acquisition done by Desire2Learn in November 2010 is extending its reach. The learning management system vendor has announced a new mobile developer program to encourage programmers to expand the functionality of the company's mobile platform, Desire2Learn Campus Life.
Accessibility for all students is a key concern in IT in higher education, one tied to the core mission of education and underscored by recent federal activity reinforcing the need for compliance in all aspects of technology implementations. Yet institutions are scratching their collective heads over how to make digital information accessible to students with visual and auditory impairments while keeping technology at the cutting edge.
Coordinating a geographically dispersed student body that learns primarily online is just one of the key challenges that modern institutions of higher education are facing. With more education taking place online--and in some cases, all of that education happening on the Web--colleges are being forced to rethink their classroom and student management strategies.