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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.

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. 

Sound advice: Do not let acoustic problems linger, recognize that smart classrooms have different acoustic needs, ensure acoustics is considered from the start and be proactive.

Impact of STEM at The University of Arizona Involvement in the Association of American Universities Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative grew into the UA Learning Initiative.

The initiative includes:


Link to main story: STEM shifts in higher ed

Here are nine places to foster ties among faculty and students.

What began as a push to increase the number and diversity of students studying STEM has evolved into a full-scale effort to improve teaching and learning.

As huddle rooms within academic buildings grow in popularity, what challenges—perhaps unexpected ones—tend to crop up for administrators and professors? 

Many colleges and universities are ramping up their efforts to teach students how to manage loan payments and other expenses.

Whether you call them huddle rooms, breakout rooms or collaboration rooms, small group spaces cropping up in various campus buildings are changing the way academic facilities are used.

As the trend in active learning classrooms has accelerated internationally, colleges in the U.S. can learn from the cutting-edge classroom design and technology that other countries have built.

Why should U.S. colleges and universities follow global trends in active classrooms? What is the biggest lesson administrators can learn?

CAPSULED LEARNING—This art appreciation late-start class meets for seven weeks on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in an interactive classroom, linking three campuses for a class of  31 students.

Community colleges bet on a wide variety of scheduling options to attract and retain students whose lives are already filled by jobs and families.

Gloria Cordes Larson is president of Bentley University and author of Prepared U (2017 Jossey-Bass).

In her book Prepared U, Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson says institutions that focus on professional studies fall short on building “lifelong learning skills” outside their fields of study.

Improving space utilization is a goal on every campus, with data analysis tools and software key to many efforts. Ultimately, there are different cases for different spaces.

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