higher education

Schools and Colleges Try Virtual Reality Science Labs. But Can VR Replace a Cadaver?

When Case Western Reserve University launches a new health education campus with the Cleveland Clinic next year, one feature will be conspicuously absent. There will be no place for cadavers.The school plans to replace the usual anatomy labs with a new series of hands-on experiences, including a virtual-reality simulation.The reason, says Mark Griswold, a professor at the medical school, is that running a cadaver lab is costly and difficult.

Can AR/VR Improve Learning? Integrating Extended Reality Into Academic Programs #DLNchat

When educators talk about bringing learning into the real world does that include the virtual world? Proponents claim virtual and augmented reality can enhance learning experiences like we’ve never seen before, bringing students into contact with environments they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. But can mixed reality become too real for the learner? Could it stifle creativity? And should we be concerned, or will the hype fade?

Mixed Reality Will Transform Learning (and Magic Leap Joins Act One)

Despite all the hype in recent years about the potential for virtual reality in education, an emerging technology known as mixed reality has far greater promise in and beyond the classroom. Unlike experiences in virtual reality, mixed reality interacts with the real world that surrounds us. Digital objects become part of the real world. They’re not just digital overlays, but interact with us and the surrounding environment.

Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

From the start, access has been the defining achievement of online learning. Or so I thought.

New Survey: Students See Anxiety and Time Management Among Top Challenges to Finishing Degrees

For many of today’s students, the biggest obstacles to finishing college are logistical and emotional, not academic.

YouTube Searches Favor Videos That Attack Public Education, Scholar Finds

When a scholar did a YouTube search for the term “public education” recently, the results painted a bleak picture of the nation’s schools and state colleges.

Nonprofit University Buys For-Profit College For Its Tech Platform

A company called UniversityNow—which attracted more than $40 million in venture backing and ran an experimental for-profit college—has been sold to the nonprofit National University system, which plans to use the company’s technology platform to deliver its online courses.

How Analytics Can Support Student Success in Higher Ed

“Data is important but what it drove us to do is far more important.”
Karen VignareAcross the nation, colleges and universities are pursuing innovative solutions to support student success. Many of these initiatives employ tools and approaches involving data analytics. This on-demand webinar was recorded on April 25th, 2018. In this webinar, we explore:

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In Move Towards Nonprofit, Grand Canyon University Sells for $875M

Grand Canyon Education, a publicly-traded education company, announced today it has sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit.The move is the latest step in Grand Canyon University’s slow path towards reverting to a nonprofit institution. The Phoenix-based university was founded in 1949 as a nonprofit Christian college. But in 2004 Grand Canyon University found itself facing closure—with$20 million in debt—and with less than 1,000 students, and switched to become a for-profit institution.

Meet Two Leaders Trying to Reinvent College

Today we're starting out with a big question: What would you do if you could start a college from scratch? For most people, this is merely a thought exercise—how to keep the good from the best of traditional methods, and take into account all the tech and the changing workforce and student needs of today. But two recent guests on EdSurge Live, a monthly video-based discussion series, have surprisingly concrete answers to this question. In fact, they both took the unusual step of actually going out and starting completely new colleges, with new models of curriculum and services.

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