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Higher ed tech developers give K12 teachers new insights

October, 2018
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. 

4 ways colleges are upgrading classroom acoustics

October, 2018
HEAR ME NOW—The Furcolo Hall project at UMass Amherst required transforming a gym space with high ceilings into classrooms. Adding acoustical panel ceilings and upper wall sound-absorbing treatments achieved both the look and results that the project’s acoustical consultants and architect sought. In the active learning classrooms, where multiple people are talking at once and the voices can be distracting, the team worked to mitigate sound buildup.

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

August, 2018

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

Ties that bind a higher ed campus together

August, 2018
MOUNTAINEERING IN MOAB—Rollins College students and faculty often participate in service-learning projects. A 2016 alternative spring break trip featured camping in Utah while helping to remove invasive plant species and restore native desert habitats.

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

STEM shifts in higher ed

August, 2018
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT—The rise of STEM has encouraged learning through group exercises, such as how students in this University of Arizona course on structural geology examined a geological cross section from South Dakota to Eastern Idaho to determine the impact of plate tectonic interactions.

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.

Sponsored Content

11/1/2018

While higher education is undergoing seismic shifts, many institutions struggle with the limitations of legacy systems and outdated technologies. To explore some of these issues, University Business has conducted a subscriber survey about how colleges and universities are using core business systems including the ERP, SIS, Finance and HR, and the challenges that legacy systems can create.

Wake Forest University’s Information Systems Multimedia Technician Preston Neill understands the short life span of cables and adapters. With Ditto wireless presentation software installed throughout campus, those unreliable connectors are one step closer to extinction.

“Our goal is to ultimately stop supplying cables and adapters, because cables go missing and adapters break,” Neill says. “The cost to replace them, plus the manpower involved, is what we’re looking to avoid by having a wireless solution. We’re already getting fewer calls with Ditto.” 

10/25/2018

Technology has not only revolutionized teaching and learning in higher ed, but also how tuition payments are made and campus commerce is conducted. However, today’s payment technologies can also be a source of frustration for students and parents. Simplifying the campus commerce experience and improving payment communications are crucial for increasing student and parent satisfaction with the institution.

10/24/2018

“Nudge theory”—or using subtle reinforcements to positively influence behavior—is increasingly being used in higher education, having been proven to increase FAFSA completions, decrease summer melt and improve retention rates. Tiny nudges can result in big changes at any institution.

10/23/2018

Research shows that the use of academic video has the potential to dramatically improve teaching and learning. But too often, the use of video on campus is limited to traditional lecture capture, and driving adoption across the institution can be challenging.