The Future of Education is MOBILE (Part 2)

Student Mobile Workspaces Infographic

Student Mobile Workspaces - Citrix94% of education leaders agree that students should have access to applications and data anywhere, on any device, but 55% of schools do not provide this level of access today.

Discover how schools are overcoming campus mobility challenges with our student mobile workspaces infographic

Mobile Student Infographic from Citrix

20 Facts About ELEARNING

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eLearning Infographic

Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Cloud computing giant Salesforce has acquired Toopher, an Austin, Texas-based security software startup. The news was announced on Toopher’s site and confirmed to TechCrunch by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

According to Toopher’s post, the company has stopped selling its products as its team prepares to join Salesforce.

“We are thrilled to join Salesforce, where we’ll work on delivering the Toopher vision on a much larger scale as part of the world’s #1 Cloud Platform. We can’t imagine a better team, technology and set of values with which to align,” wrote founders Josh Alexander and Evan Grim.

Toopher, which raised $3 million in funding according to CrunchBase, makes two-factor authentication that checks a user’s location, among other factors, before allowing him or her to log-in or perform other security-sensitive actions on their smartphones.

The acquisition of Toopher can help Salesforce build its suite of security tools, which…

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Engaging or Distracting?


“Forward thinking colleges and universities that take a mobile approach when it comes to increasing engagement through apps will be ahead of the curve”.

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Lowering millennial dropout rates with mobile technology.

GUEST COLUMN | by Danial Jameel

CREDIT OOHLALADropout rates among college students remain high, and approximately 21 percent of students at public institutions fail to graduate. However, grades and tough class schedules are not the only reason students are leaving college without a degree. Institutions are increasingly finding that engagement is a common factor that affects student retention.

As a consequence, colleges and universities are working feverishly to engage students and turning to mobile technology, specifically apps, to do so. But as the edtech market continues to boom, are these tools engaging students in the right ways or are they just a distraction?

Forward thinking colleges and universities that take a mobile approach when it comes to increasing engagement through apps will be ahead of the curve.

Millennials’ Digital Behaviors Drive Demand for Change

The need to increase engagement among college students can largely…

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Cool Tool | Noodle Partners and Rossier

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Noodle Partners has teamed up with the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education to launch a new tutoring service for students in grades K-12 and lifelong learners at all levels. Now anyone looking for a tutor can get one from a top-tier university. The program uses Noodle Partners’ technology platform, which provides a complete tutoring experience both online and in person. A digital marketplace matches learner needs to tutor skills and facilitates scheduling, management, and performance tracking. Integrated services such as virtual whiteboarding, document sharing, and video conferencing enable tutors and learners to interact online. The platform was designed specifically for online tutoring and allows flipped model learning, which many students and teachers find more engaging. One With USC Rossier is spearheaded by one of the leading education schools in the country. The program matches experienced and specially trained tutors initially from the USC Rossier Master of Arts in…

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To The Cloud

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When transitioning to the cloud, don’t neglect data backup and recovery.

GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Gleeson

CREDIT U MarylandLike many academic institutions, the University of Maryland has been moving its operations to the cloud at a feverish pace. From small rural high schools to major universities, the benefits of the cloud are immense. At its foundation, the cloud empowers better collaboration across departments and between faculty and students while lowering overall IT costs. But there is one critical aspect of moving to the cloud that can be easily overlooked – instilling the proper data backup and restore solution. And this oversight can be catastrophic.

Backing up (no pun intended) for a minute, I want to share some thoughts about how my department at the University of Maryland, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, transitioned to the cloud recently, beginning with our adoption of Google Apps. The decision to do so…

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What Factors Will Have the Greatest Impact on the Future of Higher Education?

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

February 5, 2015 by  – Wired Campus

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable.

The latest figures come from the Babson Survey Research Group’s annual survey, which was based on a 2014 survey of more than 2,800 academic leaders and was released on Thursday. The survey, which has tracked opinions about online education for more than a decade, started asking academic leaders about MOOCs in 2012, when free online courses seemed poised to disrupt the walled gardens of elite college instruction.

Back then, 28 percent of respondents believed MOOCs were sustainable, while 26 percent thought they were not. In this year’s survey, 16 percent believe MOOCs are sustainable, while 51 percent think they are not.


Sustainability is in the eye of the benefactor, of course. Some institutions can afford to lose money fielding a free online course. Only 6 percent of respondents at colleges that offer MOOCs said their primary objective was to either “generate income” or “explore cost reductions.” More often they wanted to use the courses to increase institutional visibility and drive recruitment.

What this means is that academic leaders seem to understand that any returns on their investment in free online courses will be indirect and possibly hard to quantify. They also seem to be at peace with the fact that MOOCs will not curb college costs, which they pegged as the most important issue driving the future of higher education. Self-directed learning, a central feature of MOOCs, ranked as the least important issue out of the six Babson asked about.


One supposed benefit of experimenting with MOOCs is that doing so might produce new insights about online teaching and learning, especially for institutions that do not already offer courses online. That was the primary motivation of about a fifth of institutions that offer MOOCs, according to the Babson survey.

And yet academic leaders in general have become skeptical that colleges need MOOCs to teach them about online learning. Asked in 2012 if they thought the free online courses were “important for institutions to learn about online pedagogy,” 50 percent agreed and 19 percent disagreed. Now only 28 percent agree, and 37 percent disagree.


Those findings may not come as much of a surprise. The MOOC hype has been flagging since mid-2013, when it started becoming clear that this particular breed of online course would not transform the economics of mainstream higher education. The conventional wisdom now is that free online courses offer a promising recruiting tool and an interesting (but not essential) research tool for colleges that can afford the upkeep, while also nudging more-conservative institutions to finally start integrating online coursework into the curriculum.


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