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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.

Survey: Most Students Find Choosing a Major Stressful

The older or younger the student enrolling, the more certain he or she is about having chosen the right major, at least in the beginning, according to a survey from Ellucian. While more than half of Gen X (older) and Gen Z (younger) students were confident in their career paths when they enrolled (56 percent and 52 percent, respectively), only 46 percent of Millennials — those born between 1982 and 1997 — reported the same.

Simplify, Sustain, Innovate: Themes for Top 10 IT Issues of 2020

Security and privacy topped this year's IT issues for higher education — yet again. Concerns about developing a risk-based security strategy that can stand up to the current and coming crop of computer threats was job number one for campus IT leaders in the latest Educause IT trends survey, shared with attendees at last week's annual Educause conference.

Survey: More IT Education Needed for Campus Leadership

Campus IT leaders are not immune to the IT skills hiring gap that many other industries are facing, but 78 percent of college and university officials believe that the problem stems from non-competitive salaries and benefits compared to the private sector.

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