Education Innovators

Yours, mine or ours? Intellectual property in a digital age

Kevin Smith, scholarly communications officer at Duke University, on intellectual property and the broken copyright

“Copyright is broken,” said Kevin Smith, scholarly communications officer at Duke University, to open his UBTech featured session on intellectual property. Smith, who is an attorney and a librarian, noted that in recent years technological innovation has put a severe strain on our copyright law, which dates from 1976.

A different textbook for every student

UBTech open keynote speaker Richard Baraniuk, of Rice University, discusses free, high-quality textbooks for college courses

UBTech open keynote speaker Richard Baraniuk, of Rice University, talked about an initiative to create a library of free, high-quality textbooks for college courses and how that can impact the debt crisis facing students.

Prove yourself: Academic integrity in MOOCs and online courses

As the methods of learning digitize, assessment must follow—but, not surprisingly, faculty using new testing methods are experiencing obstacles that don’t exist in the physical classroom

Technology continues to change the way learning and assessment are conducted in higher education. As the methods of learning are digitized, assessment must follow—but, not surprisingly, faculty using new testing methods are experiencing obstacles that don’t exist in the physical classroom.

Big data and learning analytics

How universities can get a grip on big data and its possibilities

Thanks to student information systems like Banner and Blackboard, universities collect an ever increasing volume of data about campus life and student performance. But knowing what data to collect and leveraging it for better outcomes is not always easy.

Using multimedia and gaming to improve writing instruction

Excelsior College launched its Online Writing Lab, a comprehensive, media-rich, open-source resource designed for the transition to college-level writing

In March, Excelsior College launched its new Online Writing Lab or OWL , a comprehensive, media-rich, open-source resource designed for students making the transition to college-level writing. Developed with funding from the Kresge Foundation, this free, publicly available OWL uses extensive multimedia and gaming activities to help reinforce important writing concepts and skills, and provide students with a warm, engaging online environment in which to learn.

WordPress on campus

WordPress has allowed John Carroll University to expand its web presence and empower individual staff members to customize their own pages

Back in 2010, John Carroll University did not have a content management system (CMS) to centrally update and maintain its web presence. “It was a mess and we needed help,” says Mike Richwalsky, the university’s senior director of creative services and e-marketing. Richwalsky was tasked with finding and implementing a CMS that could be used across campus by faculty and staff of different technical skill-levels. In the end, he chose WordPress, a free and user-friendly open source CMS. “Ease of use was our deciding factor,” says Richwalsky.

Cultivating innovative colleges and universities

Demands for increased innovation are commonplace today, with leaders of all stripes—including those in postsecondary education—calling for individuals and enterprises to be more innovative

Demands for increased innovation are commonplace today, with leaders of all stripes—including those in postsecondary education—calling for individuals and enterprises to be more innovative. However, few know much about innovation or its cultivation. Not surprisingly, innovations are typically stumbled upon by accident or, as is most commonly the case in higher education, occur within the contexts of one-off initiatives.

Preparing future health care professionals for interdisciplinary health services

To keep on the cutting edge, healthcare educational institutions are rethinking and retooling old instructional models

The healthcare industry is in flux. As more Americans acquire insurance, providers are moving towards an integrated care model with doctors, nurses, and social workers, working in coordinated teams. “Traditionally, all the different professionals in healthcare have been stuck in their own silos. But this is changing,” says Brad Marcum, the Director of Academic Data Services at the University of Pikeville (UPike)-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM).

Large-scale, fully online BYOD final exams: Not your parents' multiple choice

The schools integrating web testing into their curriculums are reaping benefits campuswide

The blended classroom is no longer the exception, with the majority of universities integrating online learning into nearly every department. Despite the whirlwind innovations in online pedagogy, there has been a much slower race to online assessment. But the schools integrating web testing into their curriculums are reaping benefits campuswide

How to implement a social media marketing plan with limited resources

The need for a strong social media presence for universities and colleges continues to grow with each passing semester.

The need for a strong social media presence for universities and colleges continues to grow with each passing semester. Unfortunately, budget sheets don't always recognize the resources necessary to maintain several social media accounts 24/7. Here, we talk to UBTech 2014 conference speaker Jennifer Dombrowski, manager of learning management system communications at Grand Canyon University, about "How to implement a social media marketing plan with limited resources."

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