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Students at Lackawanna College (PA) can now fund part of their college costs with an income share agreement, an ar- rangement that pays the institution a set percentage of their income after gradua- tion. An alternative to the traditional stu- dent loan, ISAs adjust student payments based on income — so the cost of stu- dents’ education is essentially dependent on the success they achieve once in the workforce. Read the full story online.
BIG SPENDING ON AR/VR. Spend- ing on augmented and virtual reality will nearly double in 2018, according to a forecast from International Data Corp., growing from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $17.8 billion in 2018. The market re- search company predicts that aggressive growth will continue throughout its fore- cast period, achieving an average 98.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021. Read the full story online.
HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS. Higher education people most often turn to each other when they’re trying to make decisions about ed tech. And it’s not uncommon for them to start with a particular technology and then find a problem to solve, vs. iden- tifying a pedagogical need and then look- ing for the tech tools that would address the challenges. Those findings and others came out of a research project under- taken by the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium to figure out what technologies deserve to be developed, funded, piloted, procured and implemented in education. Read the full story online.
DEBUNKING FAKE NEWS. Israel’s University of Haifa claims to be the
first institution in the world to offer “Fake News,” a course that is intended to pre- pare students with the critical thinking skills for sorting fact from fiction. Students will undertake activities such as studying Nazi propaganda and watching excerpts from the movie 1984. The class is being taught by Yaniv Levyatan, an expert in psychologi-
cal warfare, cyber warfare, digital marketing and propaganda. Read the full story online.
BLOCKCHAIN FOR RESEARCH. A report from Digital Science explores the potential of blockchain technology to solve problems in scholarly communication and research. The report’s authors explain vari- ous challenges in the field, such as repro- ducibility; the inflexibility of journals as vehi- cles for communication; credit; commercial interests; and issues with peer review,
such as a shortage of reviewers, gender or other biases in selection of reviewers, and manipulation or fraud. These problems can be ameliorated, according to the report, by overhauling the system and replacing it with one built on blockchain technology. Read the full story online.
STUDENT SATISFACTION. According to a national survey, online and adult stu- dents are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report
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