Resource News – May 2023

CanvasCon Texas 2023 – Instructure – May 19 (Fort Worth)

Instructure is excited to partner with Tarrant County College and AWS to bring you the opportunity to get up close and educational on all things related to the Instructure Learning Platform. At Instructure, we strive to identify the most pressing and challenging needs of institutions across the country and bring them to the forefront of how digital solutions can play a greater role in resolving these needs. As we know, the pandemic brought many new opportunities to light, as well as magnified gaps. To help bridge this gap across institutions, we would love to have you join us at Canvas Connect, in Fort Worth, TX, wherein we will leverage industry insights from your peers, as well as Instructure experts, to discuss their experiences, solutions, and ideas with all things Canvas, Credentials, Impact and more.

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.

QM Connect Conference – Quality Matters – November 5-8 (Bloomington, MN)

As an educator, your bold ideas lead the charge in improving experiences and outcomes for learners. From forward-thinking processes to your biggest moon-shot concepts, your expertise can advance QA practices for the entire QM community. You’re invited to take the stage this November to share how you achieve milestones, build momentum and innovate to uplift your colleagues and advance learner success. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard within the QM community!

Some College, No Credential Student Outcomes – National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

The Some College, No Credential (SCNC) report series seeks to understand the educational trajectories of millions of U.S. adults who left postsecondary education without receiving a postsecondary credential and are no longer enrolled. As the fourth in series, this report identifies the levels of opportunity within each state for re-engaging SCNC students in the postsecondary attainment pipeline by tracking SCNC student outcomes annually: “Re-Enrollment” after stop-out, completion of “First Credential,” and “Perseverance” as indicated by continuous enrollment beyond first re-enrollment.

Powering Digital Media Use on Campus – Campus Technology

A growing number of academic libraries have created digital media labs where students and faculty can access equipment for podcasting and video production. As digital media continues to assume a larger role in our society, technologies such as video cameras and sound recording equipment are becoming more focal elements within a campus library’s collection of resources.

Download this informative white paper to examine some of the key drivers behind this trend — and explore how librarians and other campus leaders can effectively create or expand digital media labs at their institutions.

Students, Faculty Experiencing Burnout in Colleges, Universities – Fierce Education

Over the past few years, we’ve seen evidence and data regarding faculty and staff burnout, a decrease in leadership morale and high turnover within colleges and universities. At the same time, there’s been a student mental health crisis. This has had a tremendous negative impact on both student and teaching success.

How Can Online College Be Both ‘Promising’ and ‘Predatory’? – Inside Higher Ed

As with health news about chocolate or wine, higher ed news about online college can seem contradictory. Some researchers say it’s time to retire one-word descriptors.

The End of the English Major – The New York Times

Enrollment in the humanities is in free fall at colleges around the country. What happened?

The Grade Inflation Conversation We’re Not Having – The Chronicle of Higher Education

GPAs are going up, but colleges aren’t talking about it.

The Oncoming AI Ed-Tech ‘Tsunami’ – Inside Higher Ed

At a star-studded MIT gathering last week, the business sector made clear that industry leaders have FOMO, that the possibility for catastrophic failure exists and that humans and machines define “trust” differently.

DOJ Web Accessibility Regulations Are Imminent – Educause

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent its proposed rule on web accessibility for state and local government entities to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This is one of the final steps an agency must take before publishing a proposed regulation.

ChatGPT in Education: The Pros, Cons and Unknowns of Generative AI – EdTech Magazine

The remarkable language modeler took the world by storm late last year, but how will it really change things in education?

More than Half of Students Will Use AI Writing Tools Even if Prohibited by Their Institution – CampusTechnology

In a recent survey by Tyton Partners, nearly one in three college students reported being a regular user of generative AI. And 51% of students said they will continue to use generative AI writing tools, even if prohibited by their instructor or institution.

Did Liberal Arts Colleges Miss a Chance to Become More Inclusive After the Pandemic? – EdSurge

Two longtime professors hoped the pandemic would reset the small liberal arts colleges where they taught. So they wrote a book-length manifesto laying out a vision for making the colleges more accessible — and true engines of social mobility. Three years into the pandemic, they reflect on how that’s going.

From Instructional Design to Learning Experience Design: Understanding the Whole Student – Campus Technology

These days, we hear a lot about the “new normal” in higher education. Remote and hybrid learning is here to stay, offering students more flexibility in their learning journeys. But what if the new normal is not enough? We spoke to Mark Milliron, senior vice president of Western Governors University and executive dean of the Teachers College, and Kim Round, academic programs director and associate dean of the Teachers College, about their vision for reimagining education and why learning experience design is essential to student success.

What Does Gen Z Want From Education? – EdSurge

With every new generation, there’s an effort to understand what motivates them as they enter society and the workforce. For Gen Z, a key factor is their skills in organizing on social media and interest in working across traditional partisan divides on issues like gun control and racial justice, argues Timothy Law Snyder, president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, who calls them the “solidarity generation.”

Redefining Mental Health for Today’s College Students – Inside Higher Ed

Are we in the midst of a mental health “crisis” for college students and other young people? How should campus administrators and faculty members be thinking about the mental health of their students and their roles in addressing it? And do we perhaps need to reframe the discussion around what “mental health” even is?

2023 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers – Inside Higher Ed

Join Inside Higher Ed Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman as they walk through the high-level key findings of the 2023 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers to gain insight into how these institutional leaders think and feel about topics such as:

  • The impact of inflation on their institution’s budgets
  • The academic health of their institution
  • The quality of their institution’s student and faculty supports 
  • The effectiveness of general education requirements, liberal arts education and open educational resources, and much more

Exploring the 2023 Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition – May 16 – Educause

This webinar will explore the trends, challenges, and key technology developments identified by a panel of global experts in the 2023 Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition. Members of the Horizon Report team and panel will highlight contextual trends and challenges and discuss how key technologies can assist higher education teaching and learning professionals with meeting upcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities. Implications of trends and key technologies will be considered from different institutional perspectives.

Demo Day: Spotlight on Start-Ups – May 22 – Educause

 To keep pace with student needs and expectations, institutions should have a pulse on new and innovative solutions. These young companies bring their fresh perspectives on the vast needs (edtech, digital learning, security, and more) of higher education. Which of today’s new companies will inspire the future landscape of higher education technology?

Join us for several 30-minute, live, rapid-fire sessions as start-ups present their solutions for your institution. See the latest innovations, get your questions answered, and hear what your peers have to say.