Digital Learning in 'Inside Higher Ed' This Week

Among the topics: mixed results with academic early-alert systems; Purdue Global kills faculty confidentiality clause; fight over eligibility for veterans' education benefits in California; classroom tech tools.

September 12, 2018

The following news developments received coverage in Inside Higher Ed this week:

  • While numerous institutions have had well-publicized successes with heavily data-driven student success systems, other colleges have not. The article examines the experiences of Lycoming College and other institutions that have either resisted the need for in-depth data reporting or have switched frequently between providers, unable to settle on one that works.
  • Purdue University Global will stop using a contentious confidentiality agreement that critics say requires academics to waive their rights to course materials they create at the online institution. Inside Higher Ed and other outlets last month reported on the agreement after the American Association of University Professors posted a link to four pages from an employee handbook.
  • The California agency that determines institutions' eligibility to award veterans' education benefits in the state reversed an earlier decision to stop three private Missouri colleges from offering full benefits. The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education said that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had directed the California agency and others like it to accept the determinations made by other federal and state agencies responsible for approving educational programs. The decision affected nine universities: Columbia College, Park University and Webster University in Missouri; Central Michigan University, Central Texas College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Maryland University College and Vincennes University. ​
  • In today's Academic Minute, SUNY New Paltz's Kiersten Greene explores whether teachers are getting taught to use new classroom technology devices before introducing them to their students.


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