Here are this week’s stories in HigherEd technology.
Adaptive Bio Course for Non-Majors Finds Success with Simulation, Virtual Field Trips
One effort to transform the teaching and learning of science seems to be gaining traction. A recent analysis of the use of BioBeyond, an introductory college biology course that uses simulations, virtual field trips and adaptive technology, showed better learning outcomes than the use of traditional instruction.
SRI International performed the assessment, based on examining end-of-course grades for 1,800 students in four institutions during fall 2016. The study showed a “statistically significant impact on grades for three of the four institutions,” according to SRI. Arizona State University and Miami Dade College saw improvements of about half a letter grade when they used BioBeyond as part of a blended or hybrid course.
Source: Campus Technology
Kent State University to use GlyphEd™ to Discover Insights in Freshman Student Data
Kent State, a public research university in Kent, Ohio, with seven regional campuses throughout Northeast Ohio, chose GlyphEd’s data visualization software to conduct a proof of concept that will enable holistic analysis of freshman class data.
“Student success is our priority at Kent State,” said T. David Garcia, senior associate vice president for strategic enrollment management at Kent State. “We want to take every opportunity to understand our students and their needs so that we can create the most valuable education and experience for them while they are students and throughout their careers. Our proof of concept with GlyphEd™ is designed to provide unique insights into our data that will help us to see our freshman class with greater clarity so that we can ensure their success while at Kent State.”
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How to Unclog Higher Education
The South African higher education system is congested, with students taking too long to pass qualifications.
There are currently 1-million higher education students in the system, 400 000 of which are causing a bottleneck in the system, making it difficult for new students to enter due to a cap of the number of students who can be accommodated.
“Blackboard Predict is a tool which identifies the students that need additional help in particular modules. University of Johannesburg (UJ) will be using its existing tutor system and refocusing existing support services more efficiently because we would be able to identify students needing support in real time,” says Professor De Wet, director at the UJ’s Centre for Academic Technologies.
University of Wisconsin System to Migrate From D2L Brightspace to Canvas LMS
In one of the most significant LMS selection projects of the past few years, the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) has chosen to migrate from D2L’s Brightspace to Canvas as its centrally-supported Learning Management System (LMS).
A representative from UWS confirmed the news and added that “Canvas has been issued the Notice of Intent to Award and a final contract is going to the UW System Board of Regents for formal approval in October”.
New Starfish Program Bridges Gap Between Professors and Students
This year, Elizabethtown College is embracing Starfish, a new software tool that will ease the advising process and assist students in achieving success. Starfish allows faculty to view students’ academic progress, keep an eye out for any obstacles students may be facing and offer help to any students struggling.
According to Stephanie Rankin – Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic Advising), a large part of what makes Starfish such a good resource is that it operates in real time and is constantly flowing. It is a live resource that can be accessed at any time and allows students to expect quick answers.
Source: The Etownian