ECAR Technology Research in Academic Community: The student and faculty data you need to start conversations with peers, institutional leaders, and faculty about achieving common educational tech goals.
Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: Opportunities and Challenges Learning management systems and tools have become ubiquitous, a seemingly indispensable element of higher education. And yet, usage of these systems is conspicuously focused not on learning but on administrative functions. In light of this tension between the shortcomings of traditional LMSs and the need for some kind of organized digital learning environment, EDUCAUSE undertook to explore what might come in a post-LMS—or a reimagined-LMS—era, a notion that earned the moniker “next generation digital learning environment,” or NGDLE.
Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE): In April 2017 the next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) celebrated its two-year anniversary. The shift to a component-based NGDLE approach allows us all to adopt an architect’s perspective and continue our work to design the learning environments we want and need. Explore our library resources on what will the future of the Learning Management System (LMS) looks like.
Analytics and Institutional Decision Making: Give your campus leadership the data they need. Campus leaders are looking for information about institutional performance. In response, IT faces the challenges of integrating data, managing data governance, and producing meaningful analytics to support decision-making.
What is Universal Design: Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. An environment (or any building, product, or service in that environment) should be designed to meet the needs of all people who wish to use it. This is not a special requirement, for the benefit of only a minority of the population. It is a fundamental condition of good design. If an environment is accessible, usable, convenient and a pleasure to use, everyone benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates products, services and environments that meet peoples’ needs. Simply put, universal design is good design.
Institutions’ Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success: As higher education institutions in the United States strive to maximize their use of resources to better support students, it is now more critical for professionals to make data-informed decisions. Most institutions are currently gathering an abundance of data from multiple sources, which provides a good opportunity for functional units, divisions, and departments to share timely and relevant data and collaboratively deliver programs and services.
Three of many integral units that are involved in data-informed strategies are institutional research (IR), student affairs, and information technology (IT).
Association for Institutional Research: The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) supports higher education professionals in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and the strategic use of information for effective decision making and planning. AIR provides resources, innovative practices, and professional development opportunities for AIR members and the higher education community, including professionals from institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related fields. http://www.airweb.org/pages/default.aspx
NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education: Is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.
Educause Vanguard Project: Expanding Teaching and Learning: EDUCAUSE solicited projects from the international higher education community that exemplify the development horizons in this year’s report. 109 project submissions were received and of these, 18 institutional projects were selected for inclusion in the Horizon Report.
Curriculum Dashboard Resource: On-going desire to implement quality improvement initiatives around the curriculum. A way to identify areas of improvement is through the use of a curriculum dashboard. The challenge faced by many medical schools is figuring out what to include in a dashboard. https://www.aamc.org/download/493604/data/umecurriculumdashboardresource.pdf
Personalized Adaptive Learning: Personalized or adaptive learning is a software platform approach to provide each student with an individualized learning experience by allowing them to progress along their unique learning path through the course content based on learners’ needs. Adaptive learning systems will customize the presentation of the content or present new concepts to the student based on their individual activities and responses.
Educause Review: Personalized Learning as a Team Sport_ What IT Professionals Need to Know
Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners: Pearson recently released the findings of its new report, “Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners”, highlighting the similarities and differences between Generation Z (defined as ages 14-23) and Millennials (defined as ages 24-40). As Generation Z enters and settles into college, technology has already shaped their educational expectations, even more so than for the previous generation of traditional college students, Millennials. Generation Z expects experiences both inside and outside the classroom that are more rewarding, more engaging and less time consuming. Technology is no longer a transformative phenomena for this generation, but rather a normal, integral part of life. This research was conducted by The Harris Poll, a global market research firm based in New York. Results are based on responses from a 30-minute nationally representative online survey of 2,587 respondents, 14 to 40-years old. Link to report: https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/one-dot-com/one-dot-com/global/Files/news/news-annoucements/2018/The-Next-Generation-of-Learners_final.pdf
How K-12 Learning Can Cultivate True Collaboration: While collaboration is one of the four “Cs” in 21st century learning, students need skilled guidance to learn how to work with others most effectively. Here’s how to get started. Infographic | Full report
Bringing Campus Communication and Learning into One High-tech Ecosystem: Our campus communities — students, faculty, staff, alumni — deal with information overload across many platforms and apps. Isn’t it time we brought campus communication and learning into one high-tech ecosystem? https://www.academicimpressions.com/blog/information-overload-to-collaborative-learning/
Students with Disabilities Say Accessibility Awareness Needs Improvement: The report revealed that students who have physical or learning disabilities are often unsatisfied with their institution’s awareness of their needs for accessible technology and also with institutional support for those technologies.
University of Central Florida is piloting a student dashboard. https://lti.online.ucf.edu/spd-standalone/
Ohio State University offers a student success initiative to blend learning technology throughout the university experience and increase student engagement and learning transformation — both inside and outside the classroom. https://digitalflagship.osu.edu/about
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Digital Materials Initiative (OER pilot) is a partnership across the university to provide affordable course materials to students.
Oregon State University eCampus OER: Ecampus Open Educational Resources aims to take advantage of OSU’s national reputation in the field of online learning to establish a competitive open educational resources (OER) program that focuses on open textbooks and reusable digital components. https://open.oregonstate.edu/
University of Iowa offers ICON as part of the Affordable Content Initiative, ICON Direct has been created to provide students with electronic course materials at a price provided with a Unizin consortia advantage. The program reports a total savings of $719,068 since Fall 2017. https://its.uiowa.edu/ICON-direct