Curriculum development

College in the metaverse is here. Is higher ed ready?

Proponents say virtual reality boosts student engagement and achievement. Others worry it may prioritize corporate profits and violate student privacy. As 10 metaversities launch this fall, the details are being worked out in real time.

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A person wearing a virtual reality headset.

Embrace of digital course materials grew during pandemic

Instructors’ awareness and use of open educational resources and their recognition of the efficacy of digital texts rose sharply this year, an annual survey finds.

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UNC system to launch ambitious $97 million ed-tech start-up

University of North Carolina will create an internal unit to build and manage online programs from the system’s 17 campuses for learners largely ignored by many universities.

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Faculty discuss their quick transition to online instruction

The University of Washington was one of the first U.S. institutions to move online amid the pandemic. Here's how faculty say the transition is going.

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Revisiting one discipline's effort to define what its students should know and be able to do

During the last decade, historians worked together to commonly define graduates' desired skills, knowledge and "habits of mind." Here's what that "tuning" accomplished -- and where it fell short.

Texas college thinks it has cracked the code for high-demand health-care fields

The College of Health Care Professions, a for-profit in Texas, has solid outcomes for low-income students in health-care fields. How does the model work?

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Georgia's public colleges soon will be offering a new form of two-year degree

Colleges in the University System of Georgia will soon offer a new credential similar to an associate degree, featuring a flexible curriculum and specific workforce skills.

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Interview with IBM official about the company's 'new-collar' push to look beyond college degrees

The tech company is looking for different ways to fill “new-collar” jobs in its 360,000-employee workforce by adding digital badges and apprenticeships and deepening partnerships with community colleges.

Coursera offers full course catalog to subscribing universities

The online provider is offering licenses to universities so they can access the company's full course catalog.

Virginia Tech outpaces George Mason in plans for Amazon's HQ2

Two Virginia universities announced ambitious expansions when Amazon selected its second headquarters. Nine months on, Virginia Tech has made more progress than George Mason in securing funding.

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