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Taking command of the college classroom

As classroom control systems have advanced, they’ve also become more user-friendly

College and university instructors across the country are incorporating technology into their classes with little effort. As classroom control systems have advanced, they’ve also become more user-friendly, making a wider variety of teaching methods possible.

Connecting the security dots on campus

Building security systems integration is a tough goal for institutions to reach—but some in higher ed are making it work

The roster of people flowing in and out of campus buildings changes frequently. New students come in, others graduate. Adjunct faculty and visiting scholars join the campus for a limited time; corporate partners and parents stop over for a day. Giving everyone access is a challenge that’s compounded when a mix of security systems have been installed independently.

5 ways to work video into the learning system

Approaches to supporting an effective institution-wide strategy for incorporating video into the LMS

While video’s presence in higher learning is undoubtedly expanding, the frequency and extent to which it is being used varies widely—even within institutions. Here are best practices for effectively integrating video into course collections at the campuswide level.

Equipped for interaction on campus

Hardware for the collaborative classroom environment

First-year MBA students in the action-based degree program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business spend seven weeks working with a U.S. or international company. After that, they form seven-member teams to propose a solution to a problem they encountered in the corporate world.

E-transcripts accelerate in higher ed

Some colleges and universities take offering to the next level by tapping data to improve business processes and better serve students

Rather than dealing with the intensive labor involved in sending and receiving paper transcripts—and frustration from students and graduates accustomed to automation—most colleges and universities have implemented electronic transcript capabilities.

It’s electric: Getting started with e-transcripts

E-transcripts require less staff time and ensure better results

Colleges and universities that have not yet implemented electronic transcripts may be selling their students short.

Not only do e-transcripts require less staff time and ensure better results through trackability and online security, but they also can be delivered almost instantly.

Apps move up on campus

Colleges’ mobile apps become more robust, incorporating campus information and safety alerts

With apps now a fixture on the vast majority of campuses, colleges and universities are no longer debating whether to develop their own mobile platforms. Instead, they are creating the next generation of apps for students who turn to their smartphones for everything from checking their grades to checking their laundry.

Online, but not alone off-campus

Seven keys to top-notch remote academic support services

When it comes to online education, careful course development is hardly the only piece needed for successful student outcomes. Colleges without long-time experience in distance learning may be far more likely to overlook the importance of adequate support services. Just how can these needs be met? Here are seven ways to provide exceptional support for online students.

Online labs evolve

Enhancing instruction, improving access and saving costs through digital lab experiences

Students learning to investigate aircraft accidents can sift through the debris of simulated crashes on eight acres of land at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Prescott, Ariz.

Last month, the institution, which has 150 locations around the world, launched a virtual version of the lab. While not meant to replace the real-life lab, it may offer remote students a more extensive experience of simulated accidents, its designers say.

Why online labs are spreading

Some online labs require little or no equipment, and take up no space on campus

Budget crunches and crowded courses are two reasons online science labs are becoming more popular in higher ed. Some online labs require little or no equipment, and take up no space on campus.

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