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Top 7 Campus Technology Stories in March

From digital textbooks to napping pods, here's what was trending on our Web site last month.

1) 7 Things Higher Education Innovators Want You to Know
In this report from SXSWedu, experts weigh in on the challenges of student success and the need for innovation in higher ed.

2) How to Go Textbook Free
The University of Maryland University College is the largest institution in the country to get rid of physical textbooks. Here's how UMUC achieved an amazing goal.

3) Research: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong
We place too much emphasis on teacher preparation as a means to improving student learning, according to a study from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education.

4) 6 Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Faculty and IT
Finding your own "unicorn" and other ways to create healthier relationships between academia and the IT department.

5) Report: Game-Based Learning Helps Students Develop Writing Skills
According to initial results from a recent pilot, digital game-based learning improved student engagement and self-efficacy in writing courses at 14 colleges and universities.

6) Washington State U Tests Napping Pods
Washington State University's new Chinook Student Center will feature self-contained units that give students privacy while they take timed power naps to ambient music.

7) Your Course Accessibility Checklist
Yes, it's possible to embed accessibility into the course creation process, without expending too much time or effort. Here are things to consider during each development phase.

About the Author

About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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