October 28

Is Viewing Learning Analytics the Same as Checking Your ‘Likes’?


Today’s young adults are often criticized for turning to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram for real-time feedback, but new research from McGraw-Hill Education suggests that this behavior could be a significant asset when it comes to studying with the help of technology. According to “The Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits,” the third report in an annual series conducted by McGraw-Hill Education and fielded by Hanover Research, 87% of college students report that having access to data analytics regarding their academic performance can have a positive impact on their learning experience. The finding suggests that students seek the same immediate feedback in the classroom as they do in social media and that this can be beneficial to learning.

February 5

Babson Study: Distance Education Enrollment Growth Continues, But at Slowest Rate Ever


The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year. While this represents the slowest rate of increase in over a decade, online enrollment growth far exceeded that of overall higher education.

October 29, 2014

Watchitoo Rebrands as “newrow_” with Launch of First Online Learning Platform to Power Live Mobile Video Classrooms with 25+ Participants


Today at the 20th annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, newrow_ (formerly Watchitoo) launched the industry’s first mobile learning platform to allow 25 or more students and instructors to work simultaneously in a live video classroom environment from any mobile device. The newrow_ for education platform seamlessly integrates with top Learning Management Systems (LMS), including Blackboard, Canvas and Brightspace. These systems, which are used by some of the world’s leading educational institutions, can now offer live mobile video classroom environments at scale.

October 7, 2014

Turnitin Acquires LightSide Labs to Support Formative Feedback on Student Writing


Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, today announced the company has reached a definitive agreement to acquire LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing. The agreement will allow Turnitin to integrate its leading originality checking and online grading features with LightSide Labs’ innovative approach to providing high quality feedback to students across the writing process. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

May 6, 2014

New York Higher Education Institutions Improve Learning Outcomes, Using Pearson’s Technology and Content Solutions


Each higher education institution, course, and classroom is unique, yet instructors today face a series of common teaching and learning challenges. Institutions are using technology and content solutions to address these various educational challenges. Pearson released a report today highlighting

February 19, 2014

EdTech startup SlideDog launches Live Sharing and Audience Engagement Platform


SlideDog´s latest version empowers presenters, teachers and professors to reach out to the audience on their mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

Any presenter or lecturer will tell you that their audience spends just as much time playing with their mobiles and tablets as they are following the presentation. The team behind SlideDog sees this as a new and exciting channel to engage and interact with the audience in ways that will change presentations forever.

February 5, 2014

Turnitin Study Shows Impact of Plagiarism Prevention and Online Grading at Higher Education Institutions


Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced a new study analyzing the impact of plagiarism prevention and online grading technology at U.S. institutions of higher education. The study shows that schools using Turnitin reduced unoriginal writing by 39 percent and that the number of papers graded digitally increased 100-fold over the five-year study.

February 3, 2014

2014 Horizon Report Identifies Top Ed Tech Trends, Challenges


The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have released the 2014 Horizon Report. This year’s NMC Horizon Report identifies the “Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning” and “Social Media Use in Learning” as fast moving trends likely to drive substantive changes in higher education over the next one to two years.

January 29, 2014

Open-education Partners Hope to Save Students $10 million by 2015


Taking aim at the high cost of commercial textbooks, Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College today announced a partnership with open-education pioneer Lumen Learning that is projected to save students $10 million over the next two years by facilitating the adoption of free, online textbooks by colleges and universities.