This is the second volume of Inside Higher Ed.'s study of faculty adoption of technology. The study surveys a nationally representative sample of higher education faculty members and focuses on what aspects of digital life faculty members are embracing and which they don not. Some areas of digital life which are explored include social media, Learning Management Systems, online education, digital-only publications and for-profit education. The findings are many-fold and have direct implications for anyone involved in education and technology.
Data Initiative Survey ( link ) Website: http://www.successnc.org/initiatives/data-initiative
The Data Initiative encompasses a collaborative and holistic approach with input from a diverse, cross-functional representation of staff members from the System Office and colleges from across the state of North Carolina. The Data Initiative Coordinating Team is responsible for determining the Focus Area Teams and recommending strategies resulting in optimal outcomes.
Amid a long list of measurable factors, some have been shown to correlate strongly with academic outcomes, while others are not strong indicators of student success. The representations—often graphical—of the patterns and insights gleaned from analytics are a central component of how that information is understood and used. The most effective learning analytics programs will be institution-wide efforts, taking advantage of a wide range of resources and possible interventions.
Two year colleges have often been viewed as dead-end roads for students who should have aimed higher. This article provides a counter argument, exploring the benefit of of a community college education. A new study found that for the vast majority of students, the alternative to attending community college is not enrolling at a four-year institution, but not to attend college at all. Further, attendance at a two-year institution increases the odds of students to eventually earn a bachelor's degree.
College and university presidents and a vice president of a career advancement organization testified at a hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Thirteen new institutions representing 11 countries have partnered with Coursera, bringing the total partnerships to 107
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education is a consortium of faculty and student groups founded in 2011. CFHE is releasing a series of 3 reports looking at the costs and effectiveness of online learning.SECURITY:
It’s hard not to think about data security and privacy right now. NSA’s electronic snooping. Target’s financial data breach. Heartbleed’s online security hole. Combine these developments with the current momentum in schools to move education data from isolated tanks to connected pipes with active flows, and you have a combustible mix.
CEO Iwan Streichenberger announced the decision to shut down the organization in a letter posted to the inBloom website. "It is a shame that the progress of this important innovation has been stalled because of generalized public concerns about data misuse, even though inBloom has world-class security and privacy protections that have raised the bar for school districts and the industry as a whole,
The Campus Computing Project has released the 2013 National Survey of computing and information technology in US higher education. This data is compiled from interviews and questionnaires answered by CIO’s and other senior level IT officers at 451 institutions. The results showed the #1 priority was to assist faculty integrate IT into instruction. Hiring and retaining quality IT staff was also a very important priority. Other topics receiving a lot of attention were using IT to improve student success, supporting online learning, and learner analytics.