Several colleges are increasing efforts to reach students with disabilities to help them achieve higher education goals, such as Austin Peay State University's Full Spectrum Learning program in Tennessee and a Massachusetts' partnership among colleges. College student Alayna Edwards was so confident after she earned an elementary education bachelor's degree with the support of Full Spectrum that she is continuing her education in a master's program.
Students took about 1.8 million Advanced Placement exams online this administration -- out of 4.8 million exams -- an effort Jeremy Singer, College Board president, describes as one of the largest online assessments ever. In this opinion piece, Singer shares several lessons learned from this experience, including the need to build upon efforts to close technology gaps.
The mass accessibility of open educational resources has critics among some professors such as Stuart Barbier, an English professor at Delta College in Michigan, who says there's no need to "reinvent the wheel" or scrimp on quality, Barbier writes in this commentary that OER problems could arise, such as the rushed effort to create online-specific curriculum, as well as the lack of peer review for the materials.
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Thirty-five percent of construction contractors expanded online training in the past 12 months, with over 75% saying that COVID-19 prompted the increase, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics report. "Despite the new requirements and challenges brought about by having to deal with COVID-19, the study findings demonstrate contractor commitments to their top safety practices," said Steve Jones, senior director of industry insights research at Dodge.
Colleges and universities using online education can ensure their long-term viability by making technology a key aspect, according to McKinsey research. Institutions that adopt an engaging approach while online could be just as effective as in-person courses, the research report states.
The University of Central Florida is using vending-machine-size "holoport" technology devices to allow students to study medical issues via holograms of real-life patient-doctor interactions. Students are more engaged and discussions reach a higher level with the technology, says Bari Hoffman, associate dean of clinical affairs.
Virtual reality technology increases physical and cognitive experiences for adult patients with mild cognitive impairment and mild and moderate dementia, according research conducted by Tamara Afifi and Nancy Collins of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The goal of their work is to find ways to help sometimes-bedridden patients and their families strengthen bonds, lessen social isolation and improve quality of life.