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Financial Aid Startup CampusLogic Raises $55M to Fund Future Edtech Acquisitions

For some, the words “financial aid” stirs up reminders of grueling applications and the anxiety of coping with skyrocketing college tuition.Phoenix-based CampusLogic aims to chip away at some of those challenges by helping institutions manage and award financial aid to more students, as well as reduce student borrowing by connecting colleges with private grant and scholarship opportunities for students.

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For Small, Private Liberal Arts Colleges, What’s the Drive to Go Online?

When financials are steady and a college doesn’t have a desire to expand its reach beyond a physical campus, is online learning necessary—or even relevant? That was a question posed last week by Janet Russell, director of academic technology for Carleton College, at a session at the Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate conference.

Why Being in the (Online) Room Isn’t Enough: Fostering Difficult Dialogues in Digital Learning

It’s a difficult time for many faculty members across the country to talk about current events with students. But how should instructors foster rich, inclusive dialogues with diverse students—and do so online where everyone might be anonymous?At the Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate conference this week, a panel of digital learning specialists shared how they are working to address some of these challenges at their own institutions and beyond.

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How One University is Gamifying Medical Education

This article is part of a series on innovative teaching methods in higher education. Check back for more stories and a full guide in the coming weeks.Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann and an assistant professor in Drexel’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology never really considered herself a gamer growing up, but has been driving the development of CD4 Hunter and its introduction into medical school courses.

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

From 2006 to 2016, the cost of textbooks increased by 88 percent, more than than nearly any other college student expense—including tuition and fees (63 percent) or on-campus housing (51 percent)—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Computer Science Degrees and Technology’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle

Many economists call the current era of technology growth a boom era, not unlike previous gold rushes such as the Dot-com bubble. But the thing about bubbles is, they usually pop. And that has some people concerned. Is another bust on the horizon?It’s not only tech employees who are paying attention to these patterns. In higher education, the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees follows market trends in finance and technology in particular—growing when times are good and plummeting when economies crash.

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

For years, Stephanie Anagnoson worked in academic publishing. But it wasn’t until her current gig, serving as an instructor for a course on water supply and demand in California, that she got her feet wet with open educational resources.“Coming from educational publishing, there was a strict division between writing and editing and graphic-design work,” says Anagnoson. “Now it’s my job.”

To Get Buy-In for New Ideas at Colleges, Don’t Call It ‘Disruption’

Ginning up ideas isn’t always the hard part in academic innovation. Instead, more and more leaders working on digital initiatives at colleges are finding themselves with a less technical challenge: strategic communications.That was one recurring thread during a gathering of 35 higher-ed innovation leaders this week at a very rainy Cal State University Channel Islands. This was the third time the group came together for invite-only convening, known as The HAIL Storm (short for Harvesting Academic Innovation for Learners).

Are You Still There? How a ‘Netflix’ Model For Advising Lost Its Luster

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The “Netflix for education” analogy has become somewhat of a cliché for edtech companies using student data to recommend anything from courses to textbooks. The pitch is simple: Why waste time choosing, or leave it to chance of whether a human advisor will understand your unique situation, when an algorithm can tell what you want based on your academic history?

?Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers

At a panel session at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asked speakers what they might do if they had her job for a day. Now, the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology is soliciting ideas from, well, everyone in what’s been named the “Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge.”

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