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Why should colleges and universities invest financial resources in augmented and virtual reality?

“Augmented and virtual reality systems can actually reduce the financial burden on university and college programs that require a lot of consumables or expensive hands-on training systems. … I’ve seen a community college reduce the cost of its welding program from $2,800 to $1,800 per student per semester based on material savings alone.”

—Gary Daniels, consultant, Amtek Company

Ronald K. Machtley is president of Bryant University.

At Bryant University, we adopted a six-step design thinking approach that other campus leaders can use to create a culture focused on encouraging innovative teaching and creating innovators.

TEXT WHAT’S NEXT—Georgia State University’s text messaging program boosted enrollment by reminding incoming students of key deadlines and answering their questions.

Colleges and universities should be texting students—but not everyone, not all the time, and not about everything that’s happening on campus.

Take a look inside the minds of leaders of campus fleets as they share their major concerns and what they’re doing to keep things moving along.

The disconnect between students’ digital lives and their classroom experience is narrowing as professors are increasingly embedding video in their courses—for both in-person and online learning.

Below is a closer look at how two universities, Butler University in Indiana and the University of Florida, are enhancing learning videos for their online courses.

Butler University: Adding quizzes to video

Technology used: Panopto video platform for recording lectures

Interactive boosts: Voiceover can be added to PowerPoint slides. When the instructor finds a place in the presentation to add a quiz, the video gets edited and a multiple-choice, true/false or multiple-answers type of question can be inserted.

Here are some examples of content ideas for interactive video content as well as best practices that are already employed by various universities and colleges across the U.S.

Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

The University of Santa Monica has implemented an HR information system along with a new management platform called Employee Self-Onboarding by BambooHR.

UNLV students worked with mentors provided by Food & Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap campaign to create a matching fund for station installation. (UNLV).

Hydration stations are popping up at several colleges and universities to promote environmental consciousness and healthfulness on campus.

Marc C. Whitt is director of philanthropy communications at the University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy. He may be followed on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/marcwhitt) or Twitter (@marcwhitt).

In a 2017 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly 7 in 10 Americans reported using social media “to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves.”

Women are underrepresented in technology leadership across all industries, making up just 19 percent of CIOs, according to a 2016 analysis by management consulting firm Korn Ferry.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology created a comprehensive list of tips for writing job ads that reduce unconscious bias.

Women are underrepresented in technology leadership across all industries, making up just 19 percent of CIOs, according to a 2016 analysis by management consulting firm Korn Ferry. In higher education, the picture’s slightly better, with women accounting for 22 percent of CIOs in 2017—but that’s down from 28 percent in 2016, according to the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies. Here's a closer look at current and aspiring female CIOs in higher ed. 

Source: Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, 2017

Whether or not you’re one of the 166 million daily Snapchat users, it’s impossible to ignore the deep impact of the mobile app on how teens and young adults communicate.

Higher ed institutions—capitalizing on the popularity of the digital pictographs—now offer customized sets of emojis featuring school logos, mascots and other themed graphics, such as smiling or winking faces.

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