Resource News – October 4, 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.

NACS Student Watch Report: Course Materials Spending Dropped – National Association of College Stores

College students, on average, spent less on their course materials during the 2021-22 academic year even though they took more courses and acquired a slightly greater number of materials, according to the Student Watch™: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: 2022 Report, the National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) annual survey of college students. Total course material spending fell to $339 per student for the year, the lowest amount since NACS began tracking student spending in 1998 and less than half the spending in 2007-08 when students paid $701 on average for course materials.

Building Tomorrow’s Work Force – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges striving for “student success” can no longer count just graduation rates; they must demonstrate that graduates are finding jobs in their chosen fields. If they don’t, enrollments will fall, public skepticism about higher education will grow, and lawmakers will take note.

To make that college- to career-connection, institutions must understand what employers want. What do they mean when they say, “we’re not getting the skills we need?” Do college majors matter? Is the purported movement away from degrees and toward skill-sets really happening?

This report provides insights into employers’ views on those questions and more. Rich with data and examples of colleges successfully placing their graduates, it also examines several growing job sectors and the emerging skills needed to work in them. And it explains the gap between what colleges think they’re offering and what employers say they’re seeing among job candidates.

Where Are the Students? – Gates Foundation

Enrollment is declining in higher education, and while it’s easy to blame it on the pandemic, data show it has been going on for longer than that. At the same time, we know that a postsecondary education is one of the best drivers of economic and social mobility. This memo summarizes the key findings from our recent study, “Exploring the Exodus from Higher Education.” The study, conducted from January – April 2022, included 11 focus groups and robust online survey (n=1,675) of high school graduates, 18-30 years of age, who decided not to go to college or dropped out of a 2-year or 4-year college program. 

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

In our new report, 2022 Students and Technology Report: Rebalancing the Student Experience, we share the results of our survey of 820 U.S. undergraduate students across 4 key areas: Technology Challenges and Solutions, Modality Preferences, Access to Educational Technology, and Student Success. Learn what students told us they need and want, and get recommendations for how to translate the research into action at your institution.


Why Higher Ed Needs Leaders With Disabilities – Inside Higher Ed

The paucity of data on leaders with disabilities suggests that few people are even thinking about this crucial aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, Darla Schumm writes.

The Gates Foundation Messaging Machine – Phil on EdTech

This week a report was released by HCM Strategists and Edge Research, funded by the Gates Foundation, on the important topic of the mindset and perspectives of high school graduates aged 18-30 who chose to not go to college or who dropped out of a postsecondary program. The US higher education system has seen more than a decade of enrollment declines that has been accelerated by the pandemic, and there is a lot of value in understanding the non-consumers. The report release was covered broadly by trade media (Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle, Higher Ed Dive).

Ed tech leaders just predicted these 3 trends will unfold in higher education – Higher Ed Dive

Ed tech leaders gathered in New York on Thursday to discuss trends in the sector. Here’s what they had to say.

College Students Are Spending Less On Course Materials—And More On Tech – Edsurge

Even though they are taking more courses, college students are spending less on course materials. The average college student spent $339 on course materials in the 2021-2022 academic year, or about $38 per course, according to an annual student spending survey from the National Association of College Stores, a foundation that collects information about retail in higher ed.

The Future of AI Tutors in Higher Education – EdTech Magazine

Researchers hope continued advancements and investments will allow artificial intelligence-powered tutors to become more versatile and accessible.

Biden Won’t Forgive Privately Held Federal Loans – Inside Higher Ed

In another development, six states sue the Biden administration over the loan-forgiveness plan.

Grammarly Adds New Features to Make Citations Easier – Campus Technology

Grammarly is rolling out two features to its AI-powered writing assistance software, aiming to help students writing research papers use citations correctly: citation style formatting and auto citations. Both features conform to the latest style guides: APA 7, Chicago 17, and MLA 9, the company said in its announcement.

Thousands of Students Take Courses Through Unaccredited Private Companies. Here’s a Look Into One of Them. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fueling the trend is a perfect storm of skyrocketing tuition costs, a rise in adult learners who need flexibility, and falling enrollment.

The Great Resignation’s Impact on Education Decisions – Fierce Education

Amid the global disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the workforce experienced a sharp increase in the number of those leaving or changing jobs. This phenomenon is often referred to as the Great Resignation, and the trend has illuminated a collective desire of the American workforce for more rewarding and meaningful work.

Why Would-Be Students Aren’t Choosing College – Inside Higher Ed

A new study explores why students drop out of college or choose not to enroll.

How to Make Classes More Active, and Why It Matters – Edsurge

Longtime professor Cathy Davidson is on a mission these days to promote the practice of active learning. And she says the stakes are higher than people might realize. It’s not just about test scores and whether people learn. She thinks there’s an ethical issue that sometimes gets lost in discussions about teaching.

Your Stress and Burnout are Real: Extending Mindful Self-compassion to Yourself – Faculty Focus

As an educator, you’ve been through some of the toughest years of teaching. Many have faced academic stressors, burnout, anxiety, and so much more. So this is your timely reminder to take care of yourself. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about resiliency, appreciative inquiry, growth mindset, and mindful self-compassion. The following tools, resources, and techniques can help you construct a more joyful mindset and will offer you a process for helping with stress and wellbeing.

How Colleges Are Defining and Measuring Their Value – Inside Higher Ed

Colleges are under growing pressure to prove their “value” to students, parents, legislators and others. The scrutiny can be uncomfortable, but more institutions are responding with serious efforts to measure and explain their value.

ReadSpeaker docReader for Canvas Webinar – ReadSpeaker 

This video talks about docReader, which is now available in Canvas. Use study, focus, accessibility, and accommodation tools along with text to speech.

Tiny Trickles to Wondrous Waterfalls: One Strategy Impacts Several Disciplines – Quality Matters

During the webinar, presenter Amy Heston shared an innovative activity format, rooted in QM’s Specific Review Standards, that lets learners connect course concepts to real-life scenarios. She then discussed how this revolutionary assessment expanded beyond her chemistry courses to create a “waterfall” of impact across disciplines at Walsh University, and demonstrated ways for you to apply it to your courses.

The State of Academic Operations & Student Success – Coursedog

How do institutions run their academic processes such as managing curriculum changes, publishing the course catalog and projecting academic program demand? How do inefficiencies in these processes impact students? Learn how other institutions are tackling these issues based on results from two of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)’s recent surveys. Coursedog CEO, Justin Wenig and AACRAO’s Director of Research, Dr. Wendy Kilgore will walk participants through the survey results and key trends uncovered.

NCFDD Core Curriculum: The Hidden Handbook – NCFDD

Welcome to NCFDD Core Curriculum: The Hidden Handbook, a new mini-series developed by NCFDD Academic Director Lisa Hanasono. In each webinar, Lisa will provide quick tips for success in a variety of areas across the academic sphere.

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2022 Newcomers: Know Before You Go – Educause – October 6

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference convenes higher education professionals and industry partners from around the world. The conference is a place to learn, connect, and discover. It embodies the innovative ethos of the IT profession and includes top-notch programming on the latest trends in higher education IT from experts and community peers, ample networking opportunities for meaningful connections, and access to innovative technology and solution providers. This webinar covers what you need to know, especially if you’re a newcomer, before you go to this year’s annual conference

Annual Reviewer Meeting – Quality Matters – October 12

We hope that with the information presented during the meeting and the Q & A, we will be able to better assist you with any challenges, issues, or ideas you may have concerning being a QM Reviewer. The presentation will be recorded (in case you cannot participate live), and a link will be sent out within a few days after the session. 

Challenging conventional wisdom about institutional transformation in a digital age. – D2L – October 20

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?