Resource News – September 2023

Adobe Learning Summit – Adobe – October 2–3 (Las Vegas, NV)
Explore new horizons of learning design and development. Gain insights and discover strategies that can enhance your learning programs and drive business success. Build connections with the best in the industry, to find out about the latest trends, future outlook, and best practices.

OLC Accelerate – Online Learning Consortium – October 3–5 (online), October 24–27 (Washington, D.C.)
The Online Learning Consortium’s Accelerate 2023 conference 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.

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference – EDUCAUSE – October 9–12 (Chicago, IL), October 18–19 (Online)
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference connects the best thinkers in higher education technology. This is THE event where professionals and technology providers from around the world gather to network, share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today’s challenges. It’s the largest gathering of your peers…people you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected to throughout the year.

Leadership in Higher Education Conference – Magna Publications – October 12–14 (Orlando, FL)
Whether you’re an up-and-coming leader or your leadership experience began decades ago, your institution needs your knowledge, reliability, and clear-minded judgment. The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers six different conference tracks, each focusing on a current trend for those who oversee the halls of learning and the many varied programs they host. But before returning to your home institution, discover all the new ways to stay on the cutting edge of higher education trends in the 21st century at the 2023 Leadership in Higher Education Conference.

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!

Learning 2023 – The Learning Leaders Conference – December 5–7 (Orlando, FL)
With a laser focus on leadership strategies, skills, and best practices, Learning 2023 is the premier gathering for L&D leaders. It’s where you’ll gain the resources you need to grow and excel as a seasoned professional or aspiring leader, advance your career, and remain on the leading edge of organizational learning and development.

5 Ways to Ease Students Off the Lecture and Into Active Learning – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lecturing endures in college classrooms in part because students prefer that style of teaching. How can we shift that preference?

Confidence in Higher Ed Is Declining. But Most People Still Think College Is Worth It. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In recent years, colleges have been fretting over a grim trend: Americans are rapidly losing confidence in higher education. A new report offers a slightly better outlook: Most people still say that higher ed is worth the cost.

Poaching From the Neighbor’s Yard – Inside Higher Ed

Enrollment and demographic declines are leading some regional public colleges to entice students from neighboring states, stoking tensions and spurring competition.

Higher Ed’s Hybrid Workplace Looks as if It’s Here to Stay — With Some Misgivings – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the fourth academic year since Covid-19 upended the campus experience, hybrid work has found a permanent place in higher education.

How Are Colleges Planning to Manage Covid This Fall? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The American College Health Association released the results of a new survey this week examining how colleges are planning to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 this fall.

Are faith-based colleges in trouble? It depends. – Higher Ed Dive

Recent closures of religiously affiliated colleges have raised alarm, but these institutions can be under vastly different enrollment and financial pressures.

Biden Administration Releases Guidance on Affirmative Action – Inside Higher Ed

The administration’s long-awaited resources are meant to help colleges navigate the murky legal fallout of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling.

Online and Hybrid Learning Are Increasingly Popular. Now Colleges Have to Keep Up. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the 2022-23 academic year, colleges largely restored their in-person courses after a lengthy pandemic-era disruption. Students, however, didn’t want online- and hybrid-learning options to disappear — even among traditional-age undergraduates.

Two-thirds of colleges are adding online programs, survey finds – Higher Ed Dive

The annual CHLOE report tracks changing student demand for virtual education and how institutions are adapting their offerings in response.

Gamification In Education: Advancing 21st-Century Learning – eLearning Industry

Explore the transformative power of gamification in education, a trend that leverages gaming mechanics to enhance learning experiences. Discover how it motivates students, fosters social engagement, promotes critical thinking, and offers personalized education.

Classroom Modernization Projects Support HyFlex Learning – EdTech Magazine

Colleges and universities upgrade classrooms to support increased demand for flexible learning options.

The Perilous Predicament of the Very Small College – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Many campuses with fewer than 1,000 students survived the pandemic on fumes. What’s next?

1 in 4 students never finish their college applications. Why? – Higher Ed Dive

Researchers found applications’ essay portion appears to be a significant sticking point.

9 Ways Asynchronous Learning Benefits Your Learners – eLearning Industry

Discover why asynchronous learning may be the ideal approach for your learners, as well as how to effectively implement it.

2023 CHLOE 8 Report: Student Demand Moves Higher Ed Toward a Multi-Modal Future – Quality Matters and Eduventures®

The eighth installment of the Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) report offers an overview of the current state of online learning in higher education as well as insights into its future development.

2023 Students and Technology Report: Flexibility, Choice, and Equity in the Student Experience – EDUCAUSE Research

The report explores findings across three main areas, each representing a key challenge (and opportunity) institutions are going to face now and in the future: Supporting students on and off campus, the role of students as consumers in the educational marketplace, and equity and accessibility in teaching and learning.

The HigherEdTech Podcast

The Higher EdTech Podcast focuses on helping college and university professors better understand how to use technology to improve their teaching and classroom engagement.

The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPCAST) – University of Central Florida 

The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast), hosted by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh and Dr. Kelvin Thompson, is a monthly podcast for online and blended learning professionals conducted over a shared cup of coffee.

Artificial Intelligence: Preparing Institutions for Literacy and Leadership – Educause 

OpenAI released ChatGPT, a chat interface for its large language model that users can use to make a seemingly endless array of queries that often result in stunning responses. The relative ease in getting the program to create everything from poems to short answers to complete essays has led many faculty and administrators to consider opportunities for effective human-AI teaming in various areas we’ll explore in this webinar.

When: Thursday, September 07 | 12:00PM–1:00PM ET | Online

Presenters: George Siemens and Karen Watte

Connected Classrooms: Empowering Online Learning Communities – Digital Learning Collaborative 

Get ready for the new school year by joining us for the Digital Learning Collaborative’s timely and informative monthly webinar on building community in online courses. Discover how to leverage technology and foster supportive online communities to enhance your students’ learning experience. From award-winning advisory programs to student-led discussions and engaging classroom ideas, our expert presenters will equip you with practical tools to create vibrant and connected virtual classrooms. Explore strategies for promoting social-emotional learning, school spirit, and peer-to-peer interactions in the online setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to start the school year strong and empower your students through a sense of community. Register now and be prepared to transform your online learning environment!

When: September 14, 2023 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time

Moderators: Chris Rapp and Allison Powell, Digital Learning Collaborative

Panelists: Lisa Boucher – Mountain Heights Academy, Mary Hizon-Barry – Sage Oak Charter Schools, Debbie McWhirt – Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, Jessica Potts – Davidson Academy

Improve the Digital Accessibility of Your Content – Learning Guild

Improving the digital accessibility of existing text ensures that you can reuse your learning support assets. In general, the content in the article will improve accessibility and readability for all learners.

The Design of Hybrid Teaching Environments: 10 Questions Answered – EDUCAUSE Review

Hybrid teaching has also had an impact on the type of learning environment that students prefer. As a result, colleges and universities should be developing spaces for student-centered, social, and active learning. Hybrid teaching has the potential to transform the way we think about and deliver higher education. While this model may not be suitable for every subject or every institution, it is certainly a viable and promising option for many.

Creating Better Video For Learning: Processing Instructional Video – eLearning Industry

Processing instructional video content is critical to remembering and using the knowledge, but some viewers don’t watch or process video. What are some easy tactics we can use to fix this problem?


Tech Tool to Try

iorad – Create stunningly efficient tutorials and share them at lightspeed.

A Generative AI Primer – Educause

Understanding the current state of technology requires understanding its origins. This reading list provides sources relevant to the form of generative AI that led to natural language processing (NLP) models such as ChatGPT.

How Schools Are Coaching — or Coaxing — Teachers to Use ChatGPT – EdSurge

“If educators can reclaim their time by using generative AI to do the mundane tasks, they can get back to doing some of the fun stuff that made them get into teaching,” says one school district director of technology.

AI Detection Tools Falsely Accuse International Students of Cheating – The Markup

Stanford study found AI detectors are biased against non-native English speakers

AI Raises Complicated Questions About Authorship – Inside Higher Ed

As the public awaits clarity on the legality of generative AI outputs, academics parse differences between how machines and humans borrow in creative pursuits.

Hoping to Get More of Their Teachers to Try AI, Students Organize a National Conference – EdSurge

Students started and organized a free online conference called AI x Education,
“aimed at getting teachers at colleges and high schools up to speed on the latest AI tools like ChatGPT, and to encourage them to try to use them this fall.”

Six Ways to Maximize Authentic Learning in the AI Era – Fierce Education

Here are six ways educators and administrators can tap into the best of technology’s fast-paced, deeply accessible knowledge base, and the human element of teaching.

Integrating AI and the Human Element in eLearning Course Design – SH!FT

Finding the right balance between artificial intelligence (AI) technology and human interaction has become crucial for success. As AI becomes a powerful tool in developing e-learning courses, it’s important to discover effective ways to combine the efficiency and personalization offered by AI with human collaboration and communication.

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Instructional Design – EDUCAUSE Review

Artificial intelligence (AI) is providing instructors and course designers with an incredible array of new tools and techniques to improve the course design and development process. However, the intersection of AI and content creation is not new.