Resource News – October 21, 2022

Educause 2022 Annual Conference – Educause – October 25-28

With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, the premier higher ed IT event brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to discuss their discoveries, grow professionally, and explore solutions to continuing challenges.

Higher Education: Technology Profiles in Success – Fall – Fierce Education – October 27

Higher education institutions have had to accelerate their technology usage and investments to better engage students, ensure accessibility for all, and to more effectively assess knowledge and progress, while quickly adapting to a blended learning environment. This virtual event will showcase essential ways universities and colleges can embrace student engagement methods and technologies effectively to improve the student experience in this rapidly changing environment.

QM Connect Conference Expanding Possibilities – QM – November 6-9

It’s time to look beyond what you know and look instead at what is possible. Join your peers at this fall’s QM Connect Conference to see how they are Expanding Possibilities.

OLC Accelerate – Reflecting Onward: Evidence for a Changed World – OLC – November 1-3 (Virtual), 14-17 (Orlando)

The Online Learning Consortium’s Accelerate 2022 conference, Reflecting Onward: Evidence for a Changed World, emphasizes the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. Supporting administrators, designers, and educators alike, this conference offers attendees a comprehensive list of sessions and activities tailored to addressing the challenges and goals of our entire community.

The Campus Live US – Inside Higher Ed – November 9-10

The Campus Live US has been specifically designed with your job role in mind. Designed in conjunction with professionals across the sector, this event looks to spotlight challenges and shared solutions to the most pressing issues facing higher education today. Covering themes across all institutional functions, this event has something for the whole team.  

Accessing Higher Ground 2022 – Association on Higher Education and Disability – November 14-18

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of:

  • Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;

  • Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;

  • The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

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.

2022 Students and Technology Report: Rebalancing the Student Experience – Educause

In our latest student technology report we share the results of our spring 2022 survey of 820 U.S. undergraduate students, across four key areas: Technology Challenges and Solutions, Modality Preferences, Access to Educational Technology, and Student Success.

Study Finds Students Self-Sort in Active Learning Spaces, with Potential to Push Women Out – The University of Kansas

A recent trend in higher education has seen universities install more active learning spaces, in which students can move their seats, collaborate and interact with one another, as opposed to more traditional lecture halls. But, as space in the former is limited, little is known about which students choose them. A new study from the University of Kansas found that students initially choose based on their social networks. That self-sorting, however, has the potential to push some students, most often women, from undergraduate programs.

Addressing Burnout through Cultural Change – American Council on Education

This brief explores the causes of faculty and staff burnout and offers solutions for campus leadership. It provides an overview of burnout and its consequences, including faculty and staff departures. It then discusses the reasons faculty and staff are burned out and offers suggestions for institutional leaders about what to do about it. The most effective solutions rest not at the individual level, but at the organizational level. In short, burnout is often the result of organizational conditions that allow it to thrive. As such, the responsibility to address the conditions that perpetuate this mental health challenge resides with colleges and universities.

2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Action Plan: Hybrid Learning – Educause

What role will hybrid modalities play in the future of higher education? Will we evolve and grow with the rest of the world, or will we be left behind? This new report describes an optimized future for hybrid learning. Building on the trends, technologies, and practices described in the 2022 Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition, this new report provides a vision of the future along with practical action items the teaching and learning community can employ to make this future a reality.

Coursera Expands Its Micro-Learning Approach by Adding Thousands of 5-10 Min Videos – IBL News

Coursera, Inc. announced this month that it expanded its offering of short videos and lessons to nearly 200,000 clips addressing the growing demand for micro-learning materials.

Breaking Down Data Silos to Create a Comprehensive View of the Student – Campus Technology

Mass personalization through data is key to innovation in higher education, according to Anthology Chairman and CEO Jim Milton. Here’s how the company is moving forward after last year’s Blackboard merger to enable data-informed decisions across the university.

CourseGateway: They knew the solution all along – Phil on EdTech

Two weeks ago Phil Hill wrote a post about  ““The Gates Foundation Messaging Machine,” where despite claims of following data, the reality of the research release was all about the messaging desired by the foundation.” This article digs more deeply into this. You can also review his “Relevant History with the Gates Foundation.” 

A Surge in Young Undergrads, Fully Online – Inside Higher Ed

Tens of thousands of 18- to 24-year-olds are now enrolling at Western Governors, Southern New Hampshire and other national online institutions. Does this represent a change in student behavior?

Female Faculty: Beware the Non-Promotable Task – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Mentoring, committee work, and other campus service disproportionately burden women.

Inventing a Job-Skills Machine – EdSurge

A free tool makes it easy to design credentials around job skills. Are colleges ready?

With Online Learning, Let’s Take a Breath and See What Worked and Didn’t Work – The New York Times

The pandemic and lockdown were a great natural experiment, and the results of this experiment are starting to come in. They suggest that online higher education may work better than prepandemic research suggested, and that it is evolving decisively toward a combination of in-person and online, or “blended,” classes.

Survey: College Admissions Due for a Digital Upgrade – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges’ digital outreach to prospective students via social media, text messages and email has proven effective, a new report says. But many admissions professionals struggle to extract stories from imperfect data.

How college leaders can create a culture shift to stop burnout – Higher Ed Dive

Competitive pay and work schedules are important to attracting and retaining employees, according to a new ACE report. But so is valuing employees’ time.

When ‘Rigor’ Targets Disabled Students – The Chronicle of Higher

EdPunitive attendance politics and inflexible deadlines make students’ lives needlessly difficult.

Technology’s Role in Revitalizing Higher Education – Fierce Education

The need for sustaining high quality education through the COVID-19 pandemic not only accelerated the use, and acceptance, of online/digital modalities, but also fast-tracked the development and implementation of a range of technologies, enabling new opportunities for institutions of higher education to enhance the quality of education, focusing on equity of opportunity and access for all learners, while also offering new mechanisms for greater engagement between those with knowledge and those seeking it (learners), and for bringing the world (and through it critical experiences) into the classroom.

Student Preference for Online Learning Up 220% Since Pre-Pandemic – Campus Technology

According to a recent Educause survey, the number of students expressing preferences for courses that are mostly or completely online has increased 220% since the onset of the pandemic, from 9% in 2020 (before March 11) to 29% in 2022.

Making a Home for Students With Autism – The Chronicle of Higher Education

New programs meet a range of academic, social, and emotional needs for people on the spectrum.

How Asynchronous Learning Can Spur Student Success – EdTech Magazine

Students are looking for learning-life balance, and technology tools can make it easier for colleges and universities to help them achieve it.

At ASU Online, Empathy Is the Foundation of Student Success – Campus Technology

With higher education enrollment in decline, it’s more important than ever to break down barriers to student success — and for those who stop out, create clear pathways to re-entry and completion. What does that look like in practice? At Arizona State University Online, student success coaches cultivate deep relationships with students as individuals, get to know their unique life experiences and challenges, and leverage data to better understand the multitude of factors that can impact retention. 

What Should Colleges Do to Help Students Find Jobs? – EdSurge

What should the college career center look like in this moment of seismic shifts in the job market and the economy, and growing skepticism of whether going to college pays off? We talked with two professors who edited the new book “Mapping the Future of Undergraduate Career Education.”

Hosts Cynthia and Jack talk with David Seidl, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Miami University about mentoring and leadership.

Designing Neuroinclusive Learning Environments – OLC

It is estimated that approximately 30% of learners in your classroom have some form of neurodivergence such as autism, ADHD, or dyslexia (Conditt, 2020). These individuals are gifted with a unique way of viewing the world and processing information. However, they face the challenge of learning in environments that were not designed to accommodate their natural differences. Neurodivergent learners have unique skills and abilities that set them apart from their neurotypical counterparts. If supported effectively, neurodivergent learners tend to excel, especially in the STEAM fields, and their skills can lead to significant contributions in these areas. 

Making Change in Higher Ed – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Change management is critical for higher education institutions to move forward following the pandemic’s disruptions. But how can they bring change to historic organizations, typically rooted in centuries-old traditions?

An expert panel moderated by Assistant Managing Editor, Ian Wilhelm from The Chronicle, will examine some best practices and give real-world examples for leading change in higher education institutions, especially for achieving strategic goals that include improved student success and increased enrollment.

Measuring the Value of Higher Education – Inside Higher Educaiton

What is a college degree worth? To the student? To the student’s family? To the local community, the state and the country? These are questions that have long been the subject of discussion and debate. To some, particularly politicians, the answer is a simple ROI question. But others argue for a range of tools to measure the value of higher education. After all, by ROI measures alone, colleges would not be encouraged to produce the teachers and social workers we need, let alone serious scholars of the liberal arts. And rankings of colleges, while popular, do not come close to telling the whole story.

Supporting a Remote Work Force – The Chronicle of Higher Education

As employees demand a better work-life balance, colleges are finding that they need to be more flexible than ever, especially in the face of a competitive labor market. How can higher-ed leaders support their work force today?

Teaching Today: Reimagined – D2L

Faculty burnout is a tale as old as time. It remains a challenge that sits at the core of many, if not all institutions; and one which was only further exacerbated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutions acted quickly to meet the needs of their students–but what of the needs of their faculty and staff?

Strategies for Student Success Using GoReact – GoReact – October 26

Discover how you can provide more specific, timely, and comprehensive feedback for better student outcomes. Pete Morgan, GoReact Strategic Account Manager, will demonstrate features that make student adoption simple and easy.  

Higher Ed is Changing: Students Need Flexibility, Equitable Access & Career Readiness – Instructure – November 2

Students are questioning the value and return on their educational investment. Join this live panel to learn how these institutions are meeting their student’s needs.

The USDLA Presents the 2022 “National Distance Learning Week” (NDLW) – 15th Anniversary Edition – USDLA – November 7-11

This year, the United States Distance Learning Association will host NDLW between November 7 -11, 2022. The daily time slots will be as follows:

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST: day 1 opening ceremony and keynote & daily first session
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST: daily second session

Building a Personal Brand – Educause – November 15

Are you overwhelmed by the idea of building a personal brand? Curious to learn how to integrate your personal brand to boost your job search and promote yourself in your career? In this webinar, we will discuss where to start in building a personal brand while staying authentic to yourself. We will grapple with topics such as navigating networking in a hybrid or virtual world, creating candidate materials that tell your story, and using social media to showcase your brand.

We need to talk about engagement, in any event. – Kaltura – November 15

Join us and thousands of event pros and marketing leaders to talk about firing up attendees, leads, customers – or any human – before, during, and after your next big event.