Blackboard Trend Report: 5/11/2018


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.

When More Info Isn’t Better for Students
Inside Higher Ed
New findings by researchers at Stanford University suggest that academically competitive college students actually perform worse over all when they get access to digital course-planning platforms that show how previous students performed.

Technology Integration at California’s 114 Community Colleges Is ‘a Balancing Act,’ Chancellor Says
Eloy Oakley tells EdScoop how he juggles technology investment and implementation across so many different institutions serving so many students.

Free Textbooks? Federal Government Is on Track With a Pilot Program.
Washington Post
The federal government’s first major investment in the free use of textbooks remains on track, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday in a letter examining a pilot program by the Education Department. Congress designated $5 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to support the creation or expansion of open-educational resources: peer-reviewed academic material released under an intellectual property license that permits free use.

Proposed Federal Rule Making on ‘Innovation’ & Aid
Inside Higher Ed
…The posting’s brief description of the proposed rule making said it would include a focus on the “credit hour, competency-based education, direct assessment programs and regular and substantive interaction between faculty and students in the delivery of distance education programs.”

American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone
The Atlantic
As younger generations become more racially diverse, many states are allocating fewer tax dollars to public colleges and universities.

New Report Examines, Advises on Higher Ed Trends
Campus Technology
U.S.-based advisory, tax and audit firm Grant Thornton has issued its seventh annual report on “the state of higher education.” Among its many topics of interest: preparing for social media risks, building quality into IT systems, outsourcing via a shared services consortium and preparing for disruption.