Design and Technology
We’ve written about the role of good design in educational technology and media before. See here and here. Former RSID President, John Maeda, provides an excellent overview the growing integration of design (and designers) and technology. File (Slide deck): Design in Tech Report 2015
Big Data and Learning Analytics in Blended Learning Environments: Benefits and Concerns
By Anthony Picciano, a well-written and accessible journal article about the use of learning analytics in blended environments. File: PDF available here.
Lobbying and Regulation in Higher Education
As you likely know, a number of the proprietary colleges and universities in the US are sliding into financial trouble, brought on by declining enrolments. (Another recent sign: Wells Fargo recently chose to stop covering the education sector.) Pressure on these organizations also comes by way of regulation, such as those targeting “gainful employment”. Some of the proposed regulations apply equally to non-profit institutions that, according to these two articles, has lead to for-profit and non-profit institutions working in-concert to lobby against more regulatory oversight. Interesting times.