Higher Ed News Roundup

by Kate Heider, Technical Writer | Mar 09, 2017
  

From improving the academic experience for all students to the latest developments in campus connectivity and cybersecurity, here are a few of the Higher Ed topics we’re following right now.

Report: What’s Driving Higher Ed Innovation in 2017?

In a blog post for Inside Higher Ed, professor Steven Mintz discusses the New Media Consortium’s report on new pedagogies, credentialing, emerging roles for educators, proactive support systems, and many other trends that are shaping the future of higher education. “Undergirding this report,” Mintz writes, “is the sense that every facet of the academic experience needs to be rethought as higher education becomes more personalized and data driven.”

Reimagining the Academic Experience

How ‘Knowing Your Coworkers’ Can Help Stop Cybercrime

Email scams have evolved well beyond “foreign diplomats” asking you to wire money to an offshore account. Today’s cyber attackers rely on stealthier and more subtle methods. This Computerworld article tells the story of an alert executive who was able to recognize a forged email based on one simple word – “kindly” – and his quick thinking prevented a $20,000 loss. The takeaway? “Nuanced phrasing and other small details can flag a potential imposter.”

A Better Security Strategy than ‘Know Your Enemy’: Know Your Coworkers

Can Predictive Analytics Reduce Dropout Rates?

The New York Times takes a look at how institutions across the country are using big data to predict student success or failure within a given major. The goal? To help students avoid the kinds of critical mistakes, early in their academic careers, that typically lead to dropping out. “Algorithm is not destiny,” says Martin Kurzweil, program director for an education research organization, “but I think the people in predictive analytics are mostly white hats, and they’re doing it because they really believe they’re helping students.”

Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data

Mentoring Programs Key to ‘First Gen’ Student Success

Approximately 1.5 million undergrads in the U.S. are the first in their families to attend college. Although their backgrounds cut across socioeconomic lines, many of these students struggle with routine aspects of campus life that – if left unchecked – can cast a shadow over an otherwise bright academic career. In response, schools around the nation have developed first-gen student support systems that focus on academic counseling, financial aid, and social integration. The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports on the recent successes of one such program. 

First-generation College Students Find Success with Help of New Programs

Smart Device Breakthrough Bolsters Campus Connectivity

Before the start of each new school year, your institution’s IT department works hard to shore up network infrastructure and boost campus connectivity to meet the demand for “always on” access. According to a recent article in EdTech Magazine, a smart device breakthrough may help support those efforts. “Today, learning requires a computer to be available 24/7,” says assistant professor Pedro Ferreira. “Very quickly, it will also require [Internet of Things] devices to stay on 24/7, and those who are unable to get access to better battery technology may be left out of the revolution that IoT is likely to bring to higher education.” 

Advanced Batteries Poised to Power Up Higher Education IoT

What higher ed or technology trends are you seeing so far this year? Please share with us in the comments.