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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Inside Higher Ed Articles: February 28, 2012

Invisible Transfer Students
New study finds that one-third of students attend at least two colleges. Their most common transfer destination: community colleges.

The Obama administration opposes a bill to repeal newly enacted rules on the credit hour and state approval, but how Democrats will vote today is unclear.

Study of one college's alumni shows those who received loans or scholarships donate less than do others.

A new national commission will set accrediting standards for schools of education, with the hope of producing better, more well-rounded teachers.

WIA Report: Women Have Closed the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

For many years, more women than men have been enrolled in higher education. Now, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that women have almost closed the gender gap in degree attainments.
In 2011, 30.0 of all women over the age of 25 had obtained at least a four-year college degree. For men, 30.8 percent of all adults were college educated.
There are 31,372,000 women in the United States who are college educated. Some 8.8 million American women have earned master’s degrees. Only 7.2 million American men have master’s degrees.
Men still hold a lead in professional and doctoral degrees. But 1,118,000 women have earned professional degrees and another 1,151,000 women hold doctorates.


Campus Technology: U.S. Department of Education Asks Students for Education Startup Ideas

By Mike Hohenbrink - 02/23/12

The United States Department of Education is asking students to contribute ideas for a unique education startup as part of its National Education Startup Challenge going on right now.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to come up with solutions for helping fellow students enter college and the workforce more ready to tackle real-world challenges as well as to encourage students as innovators and entrepreneurs.

The competition is open to students across the United States, and entries can be made by submitting a business plan as well as a video pitch. Videos should introduce a unique, original idea for a startup venture covering one of the four challenge topics.
Challenge topics include:
  • "Middle Grades Matter," covering ideas for helping students transition to high school and beyond;
  • "Skills, Skills, Skills," for encouraging skill-building ideas;
  • "Education Pays," which covers entries allowing students to pick affordable postsecondary education; and
  • "Finish Faster," covering ideas to help increase retention rates.
The exact nature of the startup is up to the discretion of each entrant and may consist of either for-profit or non-profit ideas designed to offer products, services, or strategies designed to help students. Entries can address any of the four challenge topics.

The challenge competition is open students who have begun the sixth grade up through high school graduates and students continuing their education at the postsecondary level. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2012.
Entrants and their submissions will be judged as part of three categories based on age including:
  • Grades 6-8;
  • Grades 9-12; and
  • Undergraduate/postsecondary students.
A panel of educators and entrepreneurs will judge all of the submitted entries.
Winning entries will receive national recognition and may be eligible for further honors and opportunities.
More information is available online at or at Questions can also be submitted by e-mail to or to
Information is also available by phone by calling Scott Hess at 202-245-7772.

TLT Group February 28, 2012

Seventh issue, Volume five

TLT Group TGIF 2.28.2012               
From TLT Group World Headquarters
Join us this Thursday as we "march" into March, boldly revisiting the Roundtable!  In our March Symposium, New Roundtables for Collaborative Change, TLT Group presenters and participants will adapt and demonstrate an effective planning and decision-making process designed for issues that require the expertise and support of an unusual variety of key stakeholders within a college or university - namely, the TLT Roundtable approach.
If you’re interested in thinking with us about these issues and how to address them, if you have relevant ideas or experiences, and if you want the experience of participating in a “fishbowl” TLTR, you’ll be welcome to join us for this three-session Symposium.  Registration is free for TLT Group Individual and Institutional Members.
Upcoming FridayLive!s...

What's Still Good about Lectures?
Friday March 2, 2:00 pm EDT....Free to all.
There's an App for That
Friday March 9, 2:00 pm EDT....Free to all.
Registration for March 9
Navigating the Technology Tsunami
Friday March 16, 2:00 pm EDT....Free to all.
Registration for March 16
 Online Institute
It Takes Librarians and Faculty: Using Project Information Literacy to Improve Student Research Skills 
Tuesdays, March 13 and 20, 2012
2:00 - 3:00pm EDT
Steven Bell, Temple University
The better our understanding of the process students go through in conducting academic research and their behavior as researchers, the better job we can do in helping them to become better researchers, better writers and more critical in their approaches to evaluating and synthesizing information. Whether you call it information literacy or research skill building, helping undergraduates and graduate students to become effective researchers is an outcome shared by librarians and faculty. In this workshop, led by Steven Bell of Temple University, the findings of research studies produced by Project Information Literacy will be used as a framework to enhance our knowledge of student research behaviors and explore strategies for helping them to strengthen those skills. Guests will include Dr. Michael Eisenberg, co-founder of Project Information Literacy (on March 13) and librarians who are using the Project Information Literacy findings to reach out to faculty for collaboratively advancing campus information literacy initiatives.
This workshop is free to TLT Group Individual Members.  Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.

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UBTech 2012: Unleash Your Inner Spielberg When Creating Online Lectures

Unleash Your Inner Spielberg When Creating Online Lectures

As online courses and lectures become a more common practice in higher ed, educators have looked for the best possible ways to engage their students online.
Brian Klaas of the Center for Teaching & Learning with Technology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, spoke at EduComm 2011 and shared tips on online lecture capture that have been influenced by his background in theater.
“Online lectures are a simple reality of university life,” Klaas said. “How you tell a story is just as important as what the story is...think about directing, editing and presentation.”
While many professors use Microsoft Powerpoint, Klaas said it can lead to unengaged lectures.
“Powerpoint is a trap,” he said. “The basic template that we're given in Powerpoint is 'title and bullet points' and that's not effective information dissemination and there's a lot of problems with it...Our obligation as educations is to present a compelling story and to present it in a compelling way.”
To make slides more interesting, Klaas recommends using higher quality sound and music, create a quicker pace that's broken into segments and remove heavy charts and images for stronger focus.
“Slides should be there to re-enforce what you're saying, not be the be all, end all...less is more, it's more effective and help students get what they need out of it,” he said.
Klaas concluded he presentation by noting the strong results these techniques have yielded: “Once we really work with faculty and show them the direct benefit of these techniques...they can see that it has a direct, measurable impact on student satisfaction and learning outcomes and find that the time they put in is worth the reward that comes out of it.”
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Mediasite by Sonic Foundry FREE Webinar: Is room-based lecture capture better for 21st century learning?

Is room-based lecture capture better for 21st century learning?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1pm, ET
In 2009, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business opened the doors to a new era of learning designed to enhance the digital culture that defines student life. Every room in the state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot building – from the large auditoriums to the intimate collaborative spaces – was equipped to support the most seamless use of integrated technologies while becoming a model of student learning efficiencies.
Now integral in every function of the school, room-based lecture capture technology is used not only for recording traditional classroom instruction, but also webcasting interviews with The New York Times, faculty panels and even recruitment with prospective students.
Join Sean Brown, vice president of education at Sonic Foundry, and his guest Edward Adams, chief technology officer at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, for an inside look at the decision-making process that helped the school get more faculty, classes and programs online faster with room-based video streaming.
The presenters will take your questions live, and discuss:
  • How to determine if a room-based webcasting solution for streaming video production and distribution is right for you?
  • Why now is the time to embrace digital media, recording everything from lecture capture and team projects to special events and panel discussions?
  • Ways to best support your school's internal processes by integrating lecture capture with existing technology infrastructure.
  • Why room-based lecture capture proves easier to use for faculty and other academic staff, and scales faster as a result?
  • What should a streamlined quickstart interface look like, what features should it include for faculty choice and control, and what impact does it have on AV support, staffing and training?
Who will benefit:
Chief information and technology officers, academic deans and department heads, IT directors, facility managers, instructional technologists. Anyone may attend.

Critical Insights. Timely Information. Free Registration
University Business
produces web seminars on topics of special interest to higher education leaders. Moderated by UB's Web Seminar Editor, JD Solomon, each web seminar features presentations by higher education leaders and industry experts. These online events are underwritten by our sponsors so that you may view them for free.
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Edward Adams - Chief Technology Officer, University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Sean Brown - Vice President of Education, Sonic Foundry.


Reminder: Columbia University Teachers College Workshop @ DU Today!

A Message from the Office of Student Affairs:
Columbia University Teachers College will host a graduate school workshop Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The workshop will take place on the campus of Dillard University in Kearny West Wing from 11:00a.m. -1:00 p.m. There will be current students, alumni, faculty members, and admission representatives present from Teachers College. All Dillard students, faculty, staff, and administration are invited to attend .


Dawn Holmes

Coordinator for Student Affairs

Dillard University

Student Union Bldg. Suite 240

2601 Gentilly Blvd.

New Orleans, La 70122

504.816.4685 (Office)

504.816.4885 (Fax)