Higher Ed Digital Trends 2018

| February 7, 2018

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The world of higher ed web design is bustling with competing voices and influences. Web professionals have many different voices in their ears, all clamoring for “eyeballs” and attention on college & university websites. How do they balance these priorities, meet the needs of their audiences, and stay ahead of trends?

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FLEXspace

FLEXspace™ is a comprehensive, searchable, open access showcase of innovative campus learning spaces and best-practice models contributed by universities, schools, and libraries worldwide, with over 3200 users from over 1100 institutions across 54 countries and growing! The FLEXspace collection includes examples of active learning classrooms, digital media labs, learning commons, makerspaces, large and small lecture halls, new and renovated rooms, and more.

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Effective Distance Learning Pedagogy In Developing Countries

Article | June 9, 2020

In some instances in developing countries, assumptions prevail that all online learning is a self-study process in which content (for example, readings) serves as didactic material and that learners can learn key concepts on their own simply by watching a video or reading the text. Learners, on their own, sift through a considerable amount of content material without needing critical academic guidance. Thus, instructors assign lots of content material to learners without proper mediation or coaching. According to Bernard Bull (2013), skillful online instructors must:

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Learning from the Pandemic: Steps to Take to Lessen the “Summer” Slide

Article | August 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic created unparalleled disruption in worldwide education systems. Schools shut their doors and moved lesson delivery online, forcing educators and students alike to adapt, often without the necessary processes and tools to do so. A recent article in The New York Times reported the sudden switch from classroom to remote learning cleared the slate on academic gains for U.S. students while widening the racial and economic gaps. Thus, catching up when the fall session begins – which is already an annual issue, will become even more of a challenge for many.

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IT Trends to Watch as Higher Education Moves into a New Decade

Article | February 13, 2020

With the new year — and a new decade — underway, three key trends will continue to take hold in higher education. The conversation about digital transformation is shifting from “What is it?” to “How do we do it?” Campus leaders are rethinking the user experience in response to competition, financial pressure and a growing expectation that technology be optimized to improve education, boost productivity and simplify operations. As part of that quest, artificial intelligence is emerging as a multipurpose timesaver. AI-driven chatbots field questions about classes, admissions and help desk support. Other AI-powered applications enhance learning and help faculty develop more engaging lessons.

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International Students Face Challenges Studying Abroad Amid COVID-19

Article | August 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges for colleges and universities, and finding ways for international students to return to school amid travel bans or other pandemic-related restrictions will be one of the most complex. Many international students finished the previous semester via remote connection after colleges and universities encouraged students to return home in March, but doing so hasn’t been simple. Students living in alternate time zones from their professors are forced to stay awake all night to complete online seminars, and some are contending with a poor internet connection as well as social isolation. There will be additional challenges for students abroad who hope to return to school in the fall, from travel restrictions to securing visas with closed consulate offices.

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FLEXspace

FLEXspace™ is a comprehensive, searchable, open access showcase of innovative campus learning spaces and best-practice models contributed by universities, schools, and libraries worldwide, with over 3200 users from over 1100 institutions across 54 countries and growing! The FLEXspace collection includes examples of active learning classrooms, digital media labs, learning commons, makerspaces, large and small lecture halls, new and renovated rooms, and more.

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