Courseware/Digital Publishing

Courseware/Digital Publishing
Feb 24, 2021
A majority of faculty members say the pandemic affected their course structures last year. Only 15 percent thought changes were for the better.
Mar 18, 2021
As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

Opinion

June 22, 2022

Not everyone agrees about what Web 3.0 will be, let alone how it will impact higher education, but the time to begin preparing is now.

June 8, 2022

One of higher ed’s challenges is to close the loop on relevancy for every student in every module of every class.

May 25, 2022

In 1997, Sylvia Manning, then VPAA of the University of Illinois system, later president of the Higher Learning Commission, declared, “The online learning train is leaving the station—get on board or be left behind!”

May 11, 2022

This is a challenging time to lead, as a provost, dean, director or department chair at a college or university. That is not to say that there are not successes and rewards to be achieved, but they come harder than in decades past.

April 27, 2022

This is a rather dark Dickensian time in higher education, caught in the storm of societal and economic sea change. Yet, there is hope for those institutions who recognize and respond to the changes that are upon us.

April 12, 2022

Too often we assess our own learning by how pleasant the learning experience is, rather than assessing retention as well as how authentically relevantly and meaningfully those experiences and outcomes apply to real-life situations.

March 30, 2022

An artifact of centuries of schooling history in agrarian cultures, our universities have been bound by semesters, quarters, terms and other rigid predefined calendar schedules. Likewise, we have been fenced in by regulations of states, campuses and other locational limitations.

March 16, 2022

Postsecondary education is broken. The signs are obvious and pervasive. Although not perfect and not a universal solution, Google has launched an alternative approach that illuminates the way to address many of the shortcomings that plague our current system.

March 2, 2022

The concept of a higher ed metaverse is less about replicating the brick-and-mortar university and more about creating a unique reality immersing learners in experiences, creativity sandboxes and assessments that enable learning.

February 16, 2022

As artificial intelligence and associated technologies extend their influence in our society, the role of higher education must change. We can no longer prepare learners for static careers in unchanging fields.

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October 19, 2021
While certainly not opposed to saving students money, Stuart Barbier questions the assumption that free or low-cost textbooks are a better choice for students simply for that reason.
February 24, 2021
A majority of faculty members say the pandemic affected their course structures last year. Only 15 percent thought changes were for the better.
November 24, 2020
Nature sets article processing charge at the equivalent of $11,250 for researchers selecting open-access publishing.
August 17, 2020
Youngstown State faculty members say university is trying to seize all rights to their intellectual property.
February 19, 2020
Merging two giant educational publishers was never going to be smooth sailing, but the process has been rockier than Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education expected.
February 5, 2019
A college is accused of making it nearly impossible for students to opt out of a program that automatically bills them for textbooks -- a potential breach of government regulations.
October 30, 2018
Appeals court ruling continues decade-long legal battle between Georgia State University and three publishers over what constitutes "fair use" of course materials. Does anyone still care about the outcome?
June 6, 2017
Textbook publishers announce new measures to curb counterfeiting of physical books, including certification seals on book covers.
April 18, 2017
OER provider Lumen Learning joins with Follett to bring open course content to faculty members through the campus bookstore.
April 14, 2017
Administrators at CUNY and SUNY look to seize an $8 million opportunity to drastically expand the use of open educational resources at their campuses.

Archive

March 18, 2021

As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

December 4, 2019

Planned pricing changes by academic publisher Cengage have not gone down well with the National Association of College Stores.

November 18, 2019

Pearson has developed a sophisticated mobile app for students struggling with calculus. But in a crowded marketplace, will it stand out?

July 30, 2019

Concerned about limited purchasing options and potential price increases, students and consumer groups challenge the proposed merger of two major textbook publishers.

July 17, 2019

Trying to understand this growing presence on campuses? Tim Renick and Drew Magliozzi explain key terms and why they matter.

February 27, 2019

Replying to a recent blog post, Jonathan Poritz argues that lowering students' costs by using open educational resources isn't just a nicety in an era when many students are hungry and textbook "quality" is exaggerated.

February 27, 2019

The conference on community college transformation features discussions of bringing about systemic change, the promise of open education and the right and wrong ways to get faculty buy-in.

February 26, 2019

UPDATED: Education Department apparently disregards congressional instructions for spending 2019 money, dividing $5 million between Arizona State University and Chippewa Valley Technical College.

January 9, 2019

The number of instructors aware of and using OER continues to grow -- but many remain out of the loop. Will the market continue to shift?

November 16, 2018

North Dakota students saved more than $1 million on textbooks after the state invested just $110,000 to help instructors use open educational resources. Audit identifies successes and ongoing challenges.

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