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Excerpt:  The American Academy of Arts & Sciences formed a commission to recommend changes that would improve the quality of higher education and the lives of the students who seek it. The commission released its final report,“The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America,” this week. It offers recommendations for improving educational quality, raising completion rates, reducing inequality, and making college more affordable.

This piece is an important reading for all Higher education decision-makers. Reblogged from https://www.chronicle.com/article/As-Higher-Education-Grows-More/241941

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Moving away from lectures is not easy for many professors. What can they do to making classrooms more interactive? Find some ideas at https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/benefits-giving-students-choice-learn/?utm_campaign=Faculty%20Focus&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=58807397&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9fzY3HKxdsiDUAq6AL9I5arD1sfZqOBkVPyxLrTyM17WaVeltIH4o7z0oJaUdcVSwd5CgTfCOZJaTNfOGBnIKIgNw0pGor7K11dL5hzrohLoKAOSo&_hsmi=58807397

Read more on Flexibility Drives Digital Tool Usage at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/students-want-laptops-flexible-digital-tools-classroom

Excerpt: As digital tools continue to infiltrate college campuses, students and educators alike should rejoice. McGraw-Hill Education’s 2017 Digital Study Trends Survey found that 60 percent of students indicated digital learning tools have at least slightly improved their grades and have been very or extremely helpful in their academic life. Overall, the students said that laptops — over things such as print materials and smartphones — are the devices they are most likely to use in class, for homework, and for exam prep. A whopping 86 percent labeled laptops as an important tool for studying while only 33 percent said the same about smartphones and tablets. The surveyed students indicated that laptops are particularly effective because of the ease in online search and communication, as well as the portability of the device and accessibility of the tools.

Find some principles in The Administrator as Change Agent at https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/11/15/how-senior-administrators-can-effectively-create-and-manage-change-essay

Learn from students about what ed tech means to them.  Excerpt:

  • 94 percent of students said digital learning technology has been helpful in retaining new concepts;
  • More than half of students said digital learning technology helped them better understand concepts they didn’t know;
  • 60 percent of students said that digital learning technology has improved or significantly improved their grades;
  • 60 percent of students said that digital learning technology has increased their engagement with course materials;
  • More than 62 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful in preparing for tests and exams;
  • More than 66 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful in completing assignments;
  • Nearly 59 percent of students said that digital learning technology is extremely or very helpful for self-study;
  • 82 percent of students said they use laptops for homework assignments, compared to 59 percent using print materials;
  • 70 percent of students said they use laptops for test/exam preparation, while 69 percent use print materials; and
  • While the majority of students have smartphones, only about 38 percent said they use smartphones to complete homework assignments and study for exams.

Read Survey: More Than Half of Students Want Their Classes to Go Digital

at https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/07/survey-more-than-half-of-students-want-their-classes-to-go-digital.aspx

An interesting college development in the world of registrars. Excerpt:

Speaking to MIT News, Registrar and Senior Associate Mary Callahan said, “From the beginning, one of our primary motivations has been to empower students to be the curators of their own credentials. This pilot makes it possible for them to have ownership of their records and be able to share them in a secure way, with whomever they choose.”

More at https://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/mit-digital-diplomas-blockchain/?ps=cbroady0@georgetowncollege.edu-001a000001JKcBT-003a000001eyvec

Download the full publication at https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2017/10/facultyitstudy2017.pdf?utm_source=EdSurgeNext&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11-10-17&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdaaE9XRTBNbVpsT1RBeSIsInQiOiJDcEZsWG11c0lqdUFEOHl1NWN2emRyYU0wSVQ3QlNIZUMrZ0lyWVNxTmxidTNRZ3NJM2c1anFMZVl6NTZWVEo4TTFKNHhzYW5LT3RXa3VIbHViMjlHTmZDREI0U25RaTRwUTUyRHloWktPc0N2YW9IeDRyTnNlM0d6NmVBNnAyUCJ9