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Transcription & Accessibility—New Partnerships from Microsoft & Amazon
On the heels of one another, two tech titans recently announced higher-education partnerships that leverage transcription technology to make educational materials more accessible to a broader swath of learners.
Blended Is Best
Inside Higher Ed
“Making Digital Learning Work,” a wide-ranging new report from the Arizona State University Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, offers six case studies of prominent online offerings and concludes that strategic digital learning initiatives can pay off for students and institutional planners alike — if they commit to proper steps such as building infrastructure and engaging faculty members.
Teachers on Tech: Good for Student Learning, Bad for Student Health
A new nationally representative Gallup poll offers more evidence that teachers are of two different minds when it comes to educational technology.
Presidents Insecure on Digital Learning
Inside Higher Ed
…Presidents face many challenges in this tumultuous period for higher education, but among the most pressing is the rapidly advancing technology landscape and its potential to fundamentally reshape the higher ed experience. Even as digital learning gains a foothold at the assistant/associate provost level, many campus leaders see digital learning as imposing or challenging, even as some argue it could motivate worthwhile transformation.
With Its Model Under the Gun, an Online-Education Leader Makes the Case for Mentors
Chronicle of Higher Ed
An audit last year by an independent arm of the U.S. Education Department questioned whether the teaching model of Western Governors University, built around competency-based learning, ran afoul of a federal law. Western Governors begged to differ. Now it has data, in the form of a new survey by Gallup Inc., to make the case that its mentor-based model produces graduates who are more likely to be “thriving” in work and life than are graduates of other colleges.
Release of Overdue Federal Report on ‘Homework Gap’ Validates Stakeholder Concerns
The Institute of Education Sciences’ report shows a “huge gap” in broadband access among children, and it breaks down the data across demographic groups.
Millions of U.S. Adults Live in Education Deserts, Far From Colleges & Fast Internet
…Distance and technology hinder the college aspirations of a surprising number of rural Americans. About 3 million adults live more than 25 miles from a college or university and lack the sufficient internet speeds to take online courses, the Urban Institute reported in February.
Schools Choose Not to Delete Facebook Despite Data-Privacy Worries
Schools and education organizations are taking a closer look at how they use Facebook in the wake of a high-profile data-privacy scandal involving the social media company.