Articles: Teaching & Learning

Look around a college campus today and you will be hard pressed to find a student walking around without a cell phone, MP3 player or other wireless device.

A tantalizing piece of cherry pie, the tip of a submerged iceberg in the Antarctic, a Hollywood icon, and the cell of a human eye - these attention-grabbing images are a far cry from the black and white yearbook photos sitting in your parent’s attic.

EDUCOMM 2009 BROUGHT SOME OF THE brightest stars in higher education to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort, for three days of education sessions, new product introductions, and fun. The conference featured a number of firsts.

Higher education has become an online service industry. Students submit — and colleges accept or deny — applications online. Parents pay tuition on the web. Schools post curricula and students select courses and manage their college experiences via portals.

The “cloud computing” trend of replacing software traditionally installed on campus computers (and the computers themselves) with applications delivered via the internet is driven by aims of reducing universities’ IT complexity and cost.

As we look across the landscape of private liberal arts education in the United States, we understand that change comes slowly.

In 2000, the University of Washington School of Medicine sought a project model to build new laboratory space beyond the traditional UW campus.

What’s hot for today’s engineering students? What’s really hot is the emerging field of assistive technologies.

The downward slope of a stock market graph is an image that parallels how quickly traditional college dynamics can submerge and alter a familiar status quo. Tradition is rooted deep in higher education, but these economic times call for emerging change.

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