Resource News – February 24, 2023

SXSW EDU 2023 – SXSW March 6-9 (Austin)

This March 6-9, experience unparalleled discovery, learning, professional development, and networking with educators from around the world. The annual SXSW EDU Conference & Festival fosters innovation and learning, and features Conference sessions, film screenings, a world-class Exhibition, networking opportunities, competitions, and much more.

OLC Innovate: Education Reimagined – OLC  April 2-6 (Virtual), 18-21 (Nashville)
OLC and MERLOT are pleased to announce OLC Innovate 2023 and the opening of our Call for Proposals. Join us onsite April 18-21, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN (or virtually April 4-6, 2023). Share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.

ASU+GSV Summit 2023 BRAVE NEW WORLD – ASU+GSV April 17-19 (San Diego)

Imagining a new era in which all people have equal access to the future.

Teaching Professor Annual Conference – Faculty Focus June 9-11 (New Orleans)

Expand your love of teaching at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 9-11, 2023. Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of your school year: a conference to network, learn, and refocus on why you got into teaching in the first place! This is the conference to delve into pedagogy, share experiences with peers, and reengage your mind and teaching with new insights, new sights, and new friends.

36th USDLA National Distance Learning Conference – USDLA July 17-20 (Orlando)

Many lessons have been learned over the past few years and there are countless new participants and practitioners in the distance and digital learning space. To help us all to reflect on the power and importance of distance education and to collaborate on the ideas and innovations that will move everyone forward, we have selected the theme: Distance Learning’s Time to Shine.”

InstructureCon 2023 – Instructure – July 26-28 (Denver)

In 2023, InstructureCon is happening in Denver, Colorado, at the beautiful Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center! It’s finally time to get back together again and have the best “eduventure” yet. We’ll have more ways than ever before to collaborate, learn, and have fun, not to mention a very special secret line-up of entertainment.

The State of the Student: Adjusting to the “new normal”…and all that comes with it – Wiley

What does the higher education landscape look like in a world coming out of a “once in a generation” global pandemic? Students, instructors, and faculty alike are experiencing consequences as education continues to face rapid changes. Explore the top 5 trends facing students and instructors today, and recommendations to improve students’ education experiences. Download The State of the Student 2022 white paper today.

Students Demand Endless Flexibility — but Is It What They Need? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students expect “total flexibility” in the pandemic-era classroom. But is that really what they need? There are limits — practical and philosophical — on how much faculty members can bend.

Microsoft Makes a Major Investment in ChatGPT Tech – EdTech Magazine

A multibillion-dollar agreement with OpenAI aims to bring artificial intelligence capabilities to Microsoft tools and the Bing search engine.

Lines Blurring Between Online and On-Campus Students – Fierce Education

Fully online colleges are becoming more of an option for rising college freshmen. In fact, the percentage of high school juniors and seniors planning to attend fully online colleges has doubled since before the pandemic.

Beyond the New Normal to the New Possible – Modern Campus Illumination

Higher education shifted quickly to respond to the immediate concerns the pandemic raised, and institutions shouldn’t lose that momentum. Moving forward, higher ed needs to take the lessons learned beyond the new normal and into the new possible.

Everyone is Talking About “Belonging,” but What Does It Really Mean? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

It’s everywhere: in college swag, job titles, grants, training. Yet a sense of belonging is elusive.

OCR Complaints Show Pandemic’s Effects – Inside Higher Education

Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating more claims about disability discrimination on college campuses as well as allegations of antisemitism as more individuals seek out the office for help.

Top 10 IT Issues Facing Higher Education in 2023 – Fierce Education

Higher education institutional and technology leaders must be ready for a new approach, dismissing previous models of management and operations as enrollment to credentials and the campus decision-making are showing signs of wear.

How Hollywood Stereotypes About Teachers Stifle Learning – EdSurge

They turn up in all kinds of films and TV shows: scenes of charismatic teachers who captivate their students. One expert on teaching says these depictions fail to capture the way actually teaching works — and create an unattainable model that stifles the impact of teachers and professors.

The Future of Online Learning Is Flexible and Stackable – Campus Technology

Over the past few years, online learning in higher education has gone through a period of disruptive change. Not only did the pandemic trigger a massive shift from in-person classes to online, but it also brought new models of hybrid learning to the forefront. And micro-credentials, programs certifying specific competencies that can stand alone or be applied toward a larger degree, have gained momentum as learners have needed to reskill and compete in an evolving workforce. To explore these trends and more, we spoke with Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, chief content officer at Coursera, about the state of online education, the future of the traditional four-year degree, and what universities should be doing to keep up with alternative credential pathways.

Your Class is So Tough: Addressing Academic Rigor and a Growth Mindset – Faculty Focus

In this episode, we’ll go through the research on growth mindset. We’ll cover how you can foster growth mindset in your own course to improve learning and how you can make connections with your students to emphasize the task at hand, and then, we’ll cover specific strategies to inspire students to keep on trying even when it gets tough.

Demo Day | Analytics Platforms – Educause – February 28

Analytics help colleges and universities advance institutional goals, improve quality and efficiency, strengthen student outcomes, and enhance teaching, learning, and advising. Curious to learn more about the future development and roadmap of these essential platforms and services?

Supporting Digital Growth Despite Funding Challenges – Educause – March 1

Higher education institutions usually have network infrastructure life cycles of 5 to 10 years, not necessarily by choice but because of longer ROI requirements, tighter budgets and enrollment challenges. IT has an opportunity to be an asset in student enrollment and retention, affecting technology that accommodates the influx of new technology from student devices, dorm room entertainment, and facilities IoT devices.

The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos – EdTech Update – March 7

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create great videos of all types and sizes. 

Higher Education in 2023 and Beyond: Grand Strategies for Post-Pandemic Grand Challenges – Educause – March 9

In 2019, EDUCAUSE described ways in which digital transformation can provide a “grand strategy” to help institutions address higher education’s “grand challenges,” which are some of the most consequential and widespread concerns facing higher education. Now we present a new set of grand challenges and introduce a second “grand strategy” that complements digital transformation. Update your strategic arsenal with insights and advice from EDUCAUSE. Participants will have a clear understanding of digital transformation and institutional resilience; will learn ways to translate institutional priorities into technology initiatives; and will develop perspectives on higher education’s major challenges.

How Evolving Technologies Are Widening the Workforce Skills Gap – Campus Technology – March 21

Programs that provide in-demand tech skills training are not only vital to prepare learners for the workforce of the future, but they are also a differentiator for colleges and universities under pressure to recruit and retain students. In this industry fireside chat, Campus Technology Editor-in-Chief Rhea Kelly will speak with Tony Holmes, Practice Lead for Solutions Architects at Pluralsight, about where the biggest skills gaps are, common barriers for learners, and strategies for integrating skills training into higher education curricula.

GPT: The Generative AI Revolution – Educause

Generative AI is revolutionizing the way we create original text and images with computer assistance. The ramifications are many for both content creation and pedagogy in higher education. We will examine the OpenAI application of ChatGPT. Discussion will center on how we can leverage generative AI to enhance the quality and relevancy of our classes today and in the future.

Fierce Education Leader Spotlight: Dr. Amanda Smith, AP – Fierce Education

Fierce Education Head of Content Elliot Markowitz recently spoke with Dr. Amanda Smith, Chief Academic Officer at Academic Partnerships, regarding the changes in course design in higher education and what is still needed. AP deploys the technologies and tools to help universities grow their capacity to offer non-traditional online learners access to top-quality, affordable and workforce relevant degree programs.