Resource News – January 2024

CHEA/CIQG Annual Conference - January 29–February 1 (Washington, D.C.)
The theme for this year’s four-day conference is “Quality Assurance Matters,” a premise that seeks to engage the entire CHEA/CIQG community. The conference will feature diverse and unique voices to manifest commitment to this proclamation through plenaries, concurrent sessions, and other types of discourse.

QM Research Online Conference – Quality Matters – February 16 (online)
This event brings together sessions around two key topics that help us provide increasingly high quality online learning for students: the recent research and evidence behind quality online learning and techniques for gathering data on quality assurance efforts in order to inform our future work.

SXSW EDU – South by Southwest® – March 4–7 (Austin, TX)
SXSW EDU Conference & Festival is an annual event fostering innovation and learning in the education industry. Located deep in the heart of Austin, Texas, SXSW EDU is the premier destination for discovery.

UPCEA Annual Conference – March 26–28 (Boston, MA)
The UPCEA Annual Conference is the most significant assembly of thought leaders and practitioners today in the field of professional, continuing, and online education. The Annual Conference convenes deans and other senior university leaders, key staff, and teams responsible for the management, administration, and growth of professional, continuing, and online education programs.

OLC InnovateOnline Learning Consortium – April 10–13 (Denver, CO), April 23–25 (online)
OLC Innovate, a joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT, provides a path for innovators of all experience levels and backgrounds to share best practices, test new ideas, and collaborate on driving forward online, digital, and blended learning.

ASU + GSV Summit – April 14–17 (San Diego, CA)
The ASU+GSV Summit, co-founded by Michael Moe and Deborah Quazzo, began in 2010 with a collaboration between Global Silicon Valley (GSV) and Arizona State University (ASU). Our north star is that ALL people have equal access to the future, and we believe that innovations at scale in “Pre-K to Gray” learning and skills are critical to achieving that end.

Quality in Action – Quality Matters – May 3 (online)
Take your online teaching and course design to the next level by participating in the Quality in Action conference for higher education. The curated selection of sessions provides hands-on, practical experience that will put you on a path to designing and teaching learner-centric courses that support learner success.

Teaching Professor Annual Conference – June 7–9 (New Orleans, LA)
It’s not your imagination—teaching has gotten more demanding in the past few years. Come to The Teaching Professor Conference June 7-9, 2024, in New Orleans to get some tools, tricks, ideas, and inspiration to handle the issues facing college professors today. You don’t have to struggle with these challenges alone!

InstructureCon – Instructure – July 9–11 (Las Vegas, NV)
Three inspiring days of learning, excitement, and connection with the best community in edtech.

QM Connect Conference – Quality Matters – November 3–6 (Rosemont, IL)
Ready to take quality online learning into new horizons? Join your peers at QM Connect to celebrate milestones, build on momentum and discover innovations to improve outcomes for learners.

Bring Technology Within Reach for Higher Ed Students – EdTech Magazine
An EDUCAUSE report shows students appreciate choice when it comes to learning modalities, but network connectivity is key to support hybrid and online instruction.

National College Completion Rate Stagnates at 62.2%, New Data Finds – Higher Ed Dive
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center also found declines across all types of four-year colleges.

EY Study Focuses on How Universities Are Failing Students and Faculty — and What to Do About It – Campus Technology
Students, faculty, and administrators around the world believe that putting human needs first will make universities more successful and attract and retain more students, according to a recent EY survey.

Online Enrollment Trends Discussion and Other Updates – On EdTech
With the holiday season approaching, it turns out that the flow of EdTech news is not slowing down. Here are a few updates.

The Fallout: What the Antisemitism Hearing Could Mean for Higher Education – Inside Higher Ed
After Republicans grilled three university presidents on Capitol Hill, experts weigh in on the broader implications for public opinion and the politics of colleges and universities.

Higher Ed Institutions Embrace Remote Work Policies – EdTech Magazine
As remote work becomes increasingly common in higher education, college and university employees say they want it to go even further. In an EDUCAUSE survey, more than half of higher ed workers said they’d like more remote work options.

Education Department Unveils Timeline for Title IX, Loan Forgiveness Rules – Higher Ed Dive
The agency’s regulatory agenda also reveals it will pursue rulemaking on the law requiring colleges to report foreign gifts worth $250,000 or more.

Investing in Online Learning: An HR lens – On EdTech
What job ads tell us about how higher education institutions are thinking about in online learning in US higher education

What Do Americans Say About College? That Depends on What — and Whom — You Ask. – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Are colleges living up to expectations for serving students and society? We asked, the public answered. Opinions differed, and a few surprises surfaced.

Short-term Pell Bill Advances Out of House Education Committee – Higher Ed Dive
Some Democrats expressed fears that for-profit programs would try to skirt consumer protection guardrails proposed in the legislation.

AAC&U Survey Finds a Liberal Education Still Important for Hiring Employees – Campus Technology
In the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2023 survey, “The Career-Ready Graduate: What Employers Say About the Difference College Makes,” findings show that employers feel a liberal education without government restrictions is important for preparing new hires to be effective employees.

Nearly Half of Companies Say They Plan to Eliminate Bachelor’s Degree Requirements in 2024 – Higher Ed Dive
Many employers are dropping degree requirements to create a more diverse workforce and increase job candidate numbers, survey results show.

Colleges’ Costs Increased 4% in FY23 – Higher Ed Dive
Consumer inflation outpaced the Higher Education Price Index for the second year in a row, Commonfund found.

Campus Technology Reveals 2023 New Product of the Year Winners – Campus Technology
Campus Technology has announced the winners of its 2023 New Product of the Year Awards. Since 2020, these awards have recognized outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose products or services are considered to be particularly noteworthy in the transformation of education technology.

Report: Young People Want to Get to Work Sooner – Inside Higher Ed
Nondegree pathways are growing in popularity among high school graduates. A new report reveals a gap between students’ knowledge of available opportunities beyond a four-year degree and their interest in skills-based learning.

States Should Overhaul How They Give Colleges Money, Report Says – Higher Ed Dive
Complete College America suggests states give institutions funding upfront to hit completion goals rather than rewarding them only after they meet their targets.

Higher Ed Administrators: Trends in Diversity and Pay Equity From 2002 to 2022 – CUPA-HR
This report investigates representation and pay equity of women and people of color within the higher ed administrator workforce using data from the CUPA-HR Administrators in Higher Education Survey from 2001-02 through 2021-22.

Current Findings on Student-Athlete Mental Health
NCAA Student-Athlete Health and Wellness Study (December 2023) – NCAA
The mental health study is based on data collected in a comprehensive study of
student-athlete health and wellness during the 2022-23 academic year.

Completing College National and State Reports With Six- and Eight-Year Completion Rates Dashboards – Competing College
As the twelfth in the Completing College series, this report updates the six-year college completion rates nationally and by state, by tracking the enrollment and completion outcomes for the fall 2017 cohort of beginning college students through June 2023.

Leading Improvements in Higher Education, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Leading Improvements in Higher Education with Stephen Hundley from IUPUI is a service of the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, the oldest and largest higher education assessment and improvement event in the U.S. The podcast profiles people, initiatives, institutions, and organizations improving conditions in higher education. Join thought leaders for engaging discussions of enduring and emerging topics, themes, and trends affecting colleges and universities.

Better Serving Learners Through Transformed Business Models Episode 153 – The Teaching Online Podcast, University of Central Florida

As a follow-up to the pre-2024 call-in show, hosts Tom and Kelvin talk through the need to re-examine, challenge, and change existing institutional structures as we seek to serve learners better – both existing students and a wider variety of potential new students.


Course Materials Cost Students More than Money, Online Learning Consortium

January 18, 2024 – 1:00pm–2:00pm (ET)

A recent survey by Bay View Analytics shows that the majority of students are worried about meeting the cost of their course materials. Additionally, students report that the cost of course materials have academic consequences including getting poorer grades, failing courses, and even affecting their choice of major or institution. This webinar will review the results from the recently completed Pennsylvania student survey on course material costs. The survey also included a national sample, providing a benchmark for comparing Pennsylvania’s response rates to the broader trends in course material costs, academic choices, and preferences. The student responses will be reviewed before moving into a panel discussion about the impact of these costs on students. The panelists will also discuss how these results can help support advocacy efforts at their institution and statewide.

Advancing Education: Fostering Inquiry and Collaboration – Forward Edge

January 18, 2024 – 2:00pm (CT)

Immerse yourself in the world of project-based learning (PBL) as we uncover how this innovative approach transforms the learning process. Discover the principles and benefits of PBL, and explore strategies to design captivating projects that ignite inquiry and promote collaborative problem-solving. Learn to assess and measure student progress in PBL, while fostering reflection for deeper learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize your teaching with project-based learning, creating an environment where students thrive as inquisitive thinkers and collaborative contributors.

Eight Priorities for Instructional Videos in the Online Classroom – eLearn Magazine
The article by Sarah Robertson, John Steele, & Jean Mandernach offers eight key strategies for designing and implementing instructional videos that can enhance student engagement, accessibility, and satisfaction in online learning. 

10 Effective Tips to Enhance Learner Engagement in VILT – CommLab India
This article takes a brief look at the VILT (Virtual Instructor-led Training) approach, understanding what it is, then learn about its benefits, and finally explore how you can enhance learner engagement in your VILT sessions.

4 Questions to Ask Before Adopting Virtual Simulations to Drive Student Success and Retention – EdTech Digest
The article reviews how an immersive digital learning experience won’t automatically result in a better outcome for students, even if it saves budgets or instructor time. Any new edtech tool should be a value-add rather than an additional burden. 

Tech Tool to Try: Authory
Authory aggregates everything you’ve ever written or recorded and generates a beautiful portfolio page so you can showcase, share, and save your life’s work. 

Tech Tool to Try: Timetoast
Timetoast is an online timeline creator. It allows users to create interactive timelines to display information and events visually.  


Employers Willing to Pay ‘Premium’ for AI-Skilled Workers, Survey Finds – Higher Ed Dive
Nearly three out of four (75%) of employers who view the hiring of talent with AI skills as a priority reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates.

How To Incorporate AI-Generated Talking Head Videos Into Your Learning Design – eLearning Industry
Here are some tips to help you make wiser decisions in AI-generated talking head videos into your learning design.

How AI Could Bring Big Changes to Education — And How to Avoid Worst-Case Scenarios – EdSurge
This EdSurge Podcast features Dylan Wiliam, an emeritus professor of educational assessment at University College of London’s Institute of Education, and Arran Hamilton, a director at the consulting firm Cognition Learning Group, to talk through what this AI-infused world might look like, and how educators can start preparing. They argue that the recent executive order by the Biden administration on the safe development of AI is a good start, but that it will take more big-picture thinking to respond to this technology.

AI in EdTech: How it Breaks in Subtle Ways – eLiterate
In this post, Michael Feldstein reflects on the memory issue previously addressed as a case study of why embracing our imperfect tools also means recognizing where they are likely to fail us and thinking hard about dealing realistically with their limitations.