Postsecondary Learning

Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges

When professors shift to assigning Open Educational Resources instead of publisher-produced textbooks, the move typically saves students money (and it can be a significant amount). But OER is not free, since it costs money to develop the materials, takes time for professors to evaluate and adopt them, and typically involves other campus-support services as well.

As Alternative Higher-Ed Pathways Take Off, We’re Still Forgetting Parent Learners

Higher education has, in some ways, woken up to the realities of demographic and technological change. Institutions can’t keep preparing the same students for the same jobs in the same way they always have. The savviest colleges and universities are adapting to better serve adult and lower-income students, and the ones that aren’t are losing market share to a bevy of new providers.

How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? What role should employers have in the design or execution of digital learning opportunities? Those were a couple of the questions debated at #DLNchat on Tuesday, October 9, when we discussed how nontraditional education providers could influence the future of digital learning.

New Oculus Quest Headset: Going Cordless May Speed Immersive Learning

Last month Facebook announced the next generation of its VR headset technology, and though the previous models have not caught on widely among consumers, it is worth thinking about how the emerging technology could be used at colleges.The new device is called Oculus Quest, and it works without wires, overcoming what has been a major drawback of the the earlier Oculus—and of many competing products. After all, it’s hard to focus on an immersive virtual world when your real-life body keeps tripping on plastic cords.

A Continuing Education: What Comes After a College Transformation

This is the final part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. Read part one and two for background.TEXARKANA, Texas — The road to success is often winding.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg did what no one had done before. He printed the first major book, using movable metal type. Books became the gold standard of information storage because they could finally be easily reproduced and shared. From that day forward, the printed book became the foundation of the educational publishing industry.

A Turnaround Within: How a Texas College Boosted Its Graduation Rates—and Morale

This is the second part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. Read part one first, then check out the finale on Monday.

In Announcing Winners of Higher Ed Challenge, Ed Dept Looks Ahead to 2030

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology held its first major event in nearly two years on Thursday, and the main takeaway is that the office is busy planning for the future—2030, to be exact.

New 2-Year Online College Aims to Grow Quickly (But Without Traditional Gen-Ed Courses)

Alternative higher education programs don’t always work out. But one former Harvard University dean is giving it a try. That former Harvard dean, Stephen Kosslyn, opened an online two-year college this week with an experimental academic program promising something between a vocational education and a traditional general-education curriculum. Among its innovations: no homework.

New Competition Wants to Bring Ethics to Undergraduate Computer Science Classrooms

Much has been said and written about the need to teach ethics in computer science education—especially in light of major controversies such as with

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