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A PERSONAL GUIDE—In the seven-story Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma, students can use the NavApp beacon application to get turn-by-turn navigation guidance in finding resources, service desks, study spaces and event locations. The app integrates with OU‘s campus life app.

Higher ed beacon initiatives have been mostly pilots, but the ways they’ve been received and adapted demonstrate the technology’s potential—from helping students navigate libraries to taking class attendance and more.

Here are beacon characteristics and high-potential higher ed uses.

Seven beacon characteristics and nine high-potential higher ed uses—from campus tours to class attendance.

In UB’s latest edition of Inside Look, find out how architects maintain the historical integrity of structures when repurposing buildings for higher ed use—while ensuring they provide comfort and the modern conveniences students need.

To free up bandwidth for academic platforms, Purdue University has suspended access to five major streaming services in its four largest lecture halls.

The goal of the pilot project, which is suspending access to Netflix, Hulu, Apple updates, iTunes and Steam, is to ensure students have unimpeded access to the academic resources they need.

A research project into how student athletes recover from concussions has turned into a strategic tool to help students as they transition to college life.

Student scores reflect how passionate and persevering they perceive themselves to be.

Jeff D. Borden is an adjunct faculty member and a system architect for special projects at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Jeff D. Borden from Saint Leo University in Florida discusses teamwork. He believes strongly in teaching college students how to work in teams, thereby empowering tomorrow’s employees and managers today.

Margee M. Ensign is president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Army has wisely used its Peacekeeping Institute to train personnel from an extensive practical knowledge base of best practices, and has saved lives and treasure in the process. It is not the time to shut it down.

The spreadsheets and other basic tools many universities use to inform real estate decisions often work well for the modest investment required. Yet solutions specifically designed to aid in real estate decisions offer some advantages.

Many institutional real estate directors turn to spreadsheets, government databases, and asset management or space management modules within an ERP or building management system to bring real estate strategy to the next level.

Mark Lombardi is president of Maryville University in St. Louis.

Higher ed must invite industry into the classroom to design innovative career programs.

EDUCATION ALLIES—CSU-Global’s headquarters will be built by Aurora Public Schools on district-owned land outside of Denver. CSU-Global President Becky Takeda-Tinker (third from right) and Superintendent Rico Munn (second from right) call the partnership one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Colorado State University-Global Campus partnered with Aurora Public Schools to build a headquarters for the fully-online university on district land. The university will leverage lease payments to make college possible for more Denver-area students.

VIEWS YOU CAN USE—A teacher wearing smart glasses (right) can see student information projected in an augmented reality platform (left) developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The hovering icons indicate how students are faring on online assignments and if they need help.

When edtech developers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania asked K12 teachers to wish for a superpower, the teachers imagined student data hovering in midair. Smart glasses can now provide that feedback. 

BUILDING HIGHER—City University of New York students helped repair Puerto Rican homes struck by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Philanthropic and community initiatives give students the chance to gain credits along with invaluable experience. Here are three ideas institutions can adopt to encourage such efforts.

A closer look at the CUNY Service Corps’ Puerto Rico program

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