Blackboard Trend Report: 3/30/2018


Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of some of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.

Report: Adaptive Learning, Learning Analytics Are Most Wanted Tech for Online Programs
Campus Technology
When asked what tools and technologies they would most like to adopt for their online programs, online education leaders cited adaptive learning and learning analytics as their most wanted tech, according to a recent survey.

Report: Digital Natives Prioritize Degree Program Information in College Search
Education Dive
EAB released a survey showing potential college students’ interest in majors exceeds their concerns about costs or reputation, prompting some experts to think that post-graduate career advancement remains a top motivator for college attendance.

You Got Into the College of Your Dreams. But Will You Actually Go There?
Washington Post
…As more students apply, colleges have a difficult time predicting how many will actually show up. The average yield rate — the number of accepted students who enroll — was 35 percent in 2016, down from nearly 50 percent in 2002. That means at most colleges only a third of students who are accepted end up enrolling. What makes predicting yield so tough for many colleges and universities is that even students who demonstrate genuine interest in a campus don’t always enroll.

Tuition Grows in Importance
Inside Higher Ed
The number of states leaning heavily on tuition to pay for instruction at public colleges and universities grew last year, surpassing a significant symbolic milestone.

Privacy Experts Assess Potential K-12 Fallout From Facebook’s Crisis of Trust
Education Week
Student data privacy advocates say the storm clouds around Facebook from the evolving Cambridge Analytica scandal are a reminder that schools, educators, and students should be asking tough questions about how their data is being protected or used.

Apple Pursues Google in Education With $299 iPad, New Software
Apple Inc. is going head-to-head with Google in education, a market the iPhone maker helped pioneer but has let languish. For the first time in several years, Apple released hardware specific to education: a new iPad that squares up against Google’s cheap Chromebook laptops, which have become popular in schools. Apple also introduced a new education service called Schoolwork, which will compete with Google’s Classroom software.

Proof That Colleges Adapt, and a Prod for More Change
Inside Higher Ed
At a time when small private colleges face intensifying financial, enrollment and other pressures, two seemingly contradictory things are both true: many of them are experimenting with meaningful changes, and more of them may need a push to do so.

Three Reasons Academic Advisors Should Be a Go-To Resource for Student Success Efforts
…The need for more college graduates and the increasing diversity of learners at our institutions challenge those of us in higher education to better understand and address barriers to student success. New programs, technology tools, and initiatives are more effective if selected and implemented with a deep understanding of the people they seek to serve. Advisors are already present on your campus and know students well, making them natural partners for campus efforts to improve student success.

Are You Flipping the Wrong Way?
Inside Higher Ed
…According to the Flipped Learning Global Initiative, a for-profit organization that wants to increase adoption of flipped learning and offers its own training courses, many educators, and people who train educators, are using outdated techniques.