C-Level View
Strategic Discussions on Technology 10/8/2018

Executive View

  • Michigan Online: "Here to Learn" — Together

    Some of the University of Michigan's most innovative strategies for online learning are based on values held throughout its 200-plus year history. Here, U-M's associate vice provost for academic innovation explains why Michigan Online — a relatively recent initiative — brings communities of motivated learners together, both to learn together and to apply their knowledge to solving significant problems.


Worth Noting

  • New OLC Scorecard Measures Quality of Online Student Support

    A new self-evaluation tool from the Online Learning Consortium measures the services and supports in place for online students.

  • Houston CC Opens Online Campus

    Houston Community College launched a new online college, HCC Online, with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas.

  • U Conn Students Work Hands-on with Data Analytics and IoT Through Aquaponics Project

    With more employers looking for specialized skill sets, the University of Connecticut's Operations and Information Management Innovate initiative is working to give students real-life experience with 3D printing, internet of things, virtual reality and microcontrollers. In 2018, the program started to work with the university's Spring Valley Student Farm to deploy sensors and data analytics to help monitor real-time conditions in its aquaponics greenhouse.

  • Office of Federal Student Aid Looking to Revamp Tech and Operations

    The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid is looking for solutions to help manage its high-volume system that manages $1.4 trillion for more than 42 million users.

  • UCSD First Campus to Offer Agent-Assisted Service to Low-Vision Students

    The University of California, San Diego has announced that it has become the first Aira-enabled university in the United States. It is offering free smartphone access to the accessibility technology for vision-impaired members of its entire campus community, including students, staff and faculty.

  • Massachusetts Working to Close Cybersecurity Skills Gap

    Massachusetts is investing in entry-level cybersecurity job skills with the award of grants to three institutions through the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Workforce Challenge.

  • AI Assistant Supports Student Recruitment

    A company that specializes in "conversational" artificial intelligence for sales professionals just turned its attention to the realm of higher education: Conversica has launched a version of its service specifically for helping the admissions department. Admissions Assistant can help by contacting and engaging prospective students through e-mail as part of the recruitment and admissions processes.

  • College Board Sees Bumper Crop of CS AP Test-Takers, Intros New Resources and Processes

    Just as the College Board announced new resources and processes for its Advanced Placement exams, the organization also said that the number of students tackling an AP Computer Science assessment grew by nearly a third over last year's count. That count includes record participation by underrepresented groups, including girls and black and Latinx students.

  • New Facility at Oklahoma State Advances Engineering Learning

    An Oklahoma university has opened the doors to a new facility that includes 23 engineering science and project labs, including four the size of basketball courts. Plus a two-story test space, the "Arena," will host student technology projects — autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft and robotics systems — and allow for industry demonstrations. Described as a combination "makerspace" and "learning laboratory," Oklahoma State University's new Endeavor building is intended to help engineering, architecture and technology students gain interdisciplinary experience with hands-on learning that's aligned to industry needs.


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