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Roundup of instructional designers and faculty ideas for working together

Faculty members and instructional designers share their ideas and tips for working together to develop successful online courses. We want to hear your thoughts, too. 

U of Georgia adopts iris recognition for hands-free authentication

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Despite questions about privacy, colleges using biometric authentication such as iris scans say they are mostly concerned with getting students into campus facilities as quickly as possible.

College VP Sends Email on Possible Closure

A Holy Cross College administrator mistakenly sent an email to the entire student body last week that contained confidential information suggesting the college might close, The South Bend Tribune reported.

Kelly Jordan, the vice president for student affairs at the Catholic liberal arts college in Indiana, sent an email chain with messages dating back to early April.

In it, Jordan wrote that he might “spend the better part of the coming school year closing down the college.”

The emails -- sent to an administrator at Culver Academies, a boarding school in Indiana -- also detailed some of the financial and administrative woes the college has experienced of late. Last month, the president left his post, and three out of five vice presidents resigned from the college soon after. In the emails, Jordan said the college president was fired by the board “quite unexpectedly.”

“I am not sure how all this is going to play out for the college (i.e., if it can even remain in operation),” Jordan wrote April 23. “All of this, of course, is strictly confidential, and I know that I can count on your discretion.”

The messages appeared to be sent to the more than 500 students enrolled at Holy Cross, and possibly some faculty and staff. After it went out Friday morning, the college tried to recall the email, but many students had already opened, saved and shared it.

The interim president, the Reverend David Tyson, sent an email to students, faculty and staff Friday afternoon addressing the incident. “You may have heard about, or received, an email this morning that included some alarming information about the future of the college,” Father Tyson said in the email. “Please understand that this was one person’s opinion and does not reflect the conversations that the Board of Trustees and administration are having about the future of the college …. Regardless of what rumors may be circulating, I am looking forward to classes beginning in August and working with the faculty and students to create a bright future for the college that fully reflects the Holy Cross mission.”

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2U acquires its way into certificate, international markets

To mixed reactions from analysts, 2U acquires its way into the certificate and international markets.

Perspectives from the field on the Purdue-Kaplan marriage

In the wake of last week's stunning news about Purdue University's planned takeover of Kaplan University, experts assess the deal's impact on the digital learning landscape.

Digital findings from community college ITC 2016 report

The new Instructional Technology Council report shows that the other two big online issues are assessing learning and preparedness and course completion.

Boston College Objects to Paul Ryan Video

In a promotional video posted to the Speaker of the House’s Twitter account, Representative Paul Ryan used video footage of Boston College without getting proper permission from its creator, The Boston Globe reported.

The minute-long video, posted on April 18 and titled “Imagine a Tax Form That Is the Size of a Postcard,” includes eight seconds of footage of college graduates clad in black caps and gowns on a picturesque campus.

The footage, displayed while Ryan discusses the complicated tax provisions surrounding college tuition payments, was taken of BC graduates in front of an iconic campus building, Gasson Hall. It was shot and produced by Sean Casey, a senior creative producer for the university.

“The use of the video footage was not authorized by Boston College,” a spokesman told the Globe.

Casey pointed this out on his own Twitter account last week. “This video includes footage from one of my videos for BC the Speaker did not receive permission to use. … Shame … Shame … Shame …” Casey wrote on Twitter. He said he had reached out to the Speaker’s office about the misuse of his footage.

As of Sunday night, the video was still on Ryan’s Twitter account.

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Community colleges split on OER adoption

Roadblocks to OER adaption include time, lack of faculty awareness and materials and source credibility.

Online programs offer academic progression for nurses

The broad expansion of online programs has led to a dramatic increase in the number of registered nurses earning bachelor's degrees.

Blackboard may be over extended with services

Blackboard wants to be a cutting-edge software provider and support colleges using older versions. Analysts and some colleges worry the company is taking on too much.

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