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Public universities are evolving their technology transfer activities but must take additional steps to address the demands of the innovation economy.

When listening to Gary Kayye talk, it’s hard not to feel his enthusiasm for new technologies and how they will impact the next generation of learners.

The majority of college students are not aware of any cybersecurity breaches at their institutions despite most IT departments on campuses reporting such incidents, according to a recent report from CDW-G.

An increase in technology spending is the gift that about 4 in 10 campus technology administrators are unwrapping to start the new year. Sixteen percent of the 96 respondents to a UB survey, however, must deal with a decrease in spending.

Today, many of the language center’s technological capabilities today can be housed in handheld devices and in the cloud. So have the times finally rendered these physical learning spaces obsolete?    

Gather stakeholders—including faculty, students, IT leaders and others—for honest discussion. 

In California, it was crucial to include student representation in the statewide committee that examined various LMS candidates, says Jory Hadsell, executive director of California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative.

That positive approach allowed college constituency groups to focus on the end goal of student learning.  

In what ways could sharing an LMS benefit colleges, and what do you see as the biggest or most surprising challenge institutions would need to overcome to purchase the same LMS? 

“Sharing an LMS across institutions provides many benefits, including consolidation through one system, categorizing content and cross-collaboration. One of the challenges of sharing an LMS is agreeing on a design model that satisfies the lowest common denominator.

The evolving state of credentialing will make room for the emergence of new players, who can hold badges or service blockchains between students, campuses and employers.

In fact, Blockchain-based technologies are already being leveraged.

Institutions such as The University of Texas are developing blockchain-based transcript services that can ease the process with which credentials are stored and communicated

The Lumina Foundation has been pursuing the goal of recognizing and accepting for-credit microcredentials and learning experiences for several years, through their Connecting Credentials effort and the proposed framework they launched back in 2015 (http://connectingcredentials.org/).

There are efforts underway to position colleges and universities to recognize “prior learning” in ways that go beyond today’s standard approaches.

As competition for international students intensifies and more first-generation students enroll, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for reaching families in their native languages.

DIGITAL TRAINING GROUND—Institutions increasingly use mixed-reality platforms with virtual students to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to hone their instructional skills.

The University of Wyoming now uses an augmented reality platform with a simulated class as part of its teacher education program.

Michael S. Zetlin is a founding partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, specializing in construction and contract litigation. Ramsen Youash is an associate with Zetlin & De Chiara’s New York office.

More colleges are turning toward a public-private partnership (P3) model—a practice common in Europe and Australia—to fund new infrastructure or upgrade existing buildings.

Following the multiple hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast this past September, several higher ed institutions used unmanned aerial vehicles or systems—or drones—to assess damage on campuses and beyond.

Martin Pritikin is the dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully online law school. He can be reached at martin.pritikin@kaplan.edu.

The high cost of legal education drives up the cost of legal services, and both law schools and law firms are typically concentrated in pricier metropolitan areas. Fortunately, readily available technology can address both problems.

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