6 Companies Aiming to Digitize the Textbook Industry

via Mashable “The world’s readers purchased an estimated $966 million of ebooks in 2010, and Amazon has been selling more ebooks than paper books since January. But students have yet to catch on to the digital book revolution with the same fervor.

A 2010 study by OnCampus Research found that 74% of college students surveyed still prefer to use a printed textbook.

Where some see non-adopters, others see untapped markets, and thus large and small players alike have long been targeting the digital textbook niche. Here are some of the ways they’re looking to get students to trade their print for pixels.” [Continue Reading at Mashable.com]

Why Career & Technical Education Should be a Priority for the U.S.

via Mashable “For today’s students, the experience of going to school can feel like flying in an airplane, minus the excitement of travel. Students enter a world cut off from their own where they are asked to turn off all electronic devices. They can feel trapped, simply staring straight ahead for hours. Without a clear sense of where they are going, many U.S. students simply opt to get off the plane.

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama said, “… If we want to win the future — if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas — then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.” However, the United States now graduates less than 75% of its students. Worse, in sixteen of the biggest cities, the graduation rate is less than 50%.

To win the future, the United States needs a well-educated workforce that will drive tomorrow’s innovation. We need students who graduate ready to take skilled positions in high-growth sectors of the economy. At all levels, businesses need employees that are more creative, more technical, and more connected than ever. This means that technical literacy is no longer “nice to have,” but a requirement for success.” [Continue reading at Mashable.com]

CampusCE Adds University of Minnesota OLLI

Seattle, WA – Campus CE is pleased to welcome The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Minnesota to the CampusCE Lifelong Learning Family. CampusCE also supports the OLLIs at Furman University, Kennesaw University, University of Texas Medical Branch, and Yavapai College. Our commitment to lifelong learning is stronger than ever, and we will provide administration, online membership, registration and payment services for their growing lifelong learning program.

Global Corporate College Corporate Education Powered By CampusCE

Global Corporate College, a provider of corporate training to more than 45 colleges and universities worldwide, continues to expand its clientele and is now offering its corporate education services to American Greetings through the CampusCE Education Management System. The CampusCE system enables Global Corporate College to offer real-time online registration and administration for its corporate education courses. CampusCE also provides custom-built input fields, specifically tailored reports, and a site branded to represent the Global Corporate College and American Greetings partnership.

How Can Cloud Computing Help in Education?

Via Cloud Tweaks – For support staff, a distributed management system can substantially reduce their load, leveraging efficiencies across the nationwide or statewide school network. The problem of tiny classrooms can be surmounted through virtual classrooms, with students attending class in their own homes on their own computers, with the teacher being present hundreds, even thousands of miles away. This can also help address the issue of inadequate number of teachers. With computers getting cheaper by the day, this does not seem unfeasible. And why stop only in America? With cloud-based education tools, the whole world can learn from the best. READ FULL POST at Cloud Tweaks

5 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2011

Via Campus Technology – 1. The Cloud Computing Movement Will Continue. Investing in purchase-and-install software is falling by the wayside as institutions catch onto the value of using “cloud” applications that are housed (and accessed) online. Not only are these options more affordable and easier to implement, but they also include vast storage capacity that can be used for, say, portfolio assessments. “Using cloud computing, schools can create large collections of loosely-sorted data (such as school records, written documents and even video recordings),” said Bob Spielvogel, CTO at EDC, a Newton, MA-based nonprofit that creates programs to address educational challenges, “and then utilize that information to track project activity and conduct portfolio assessments across the student’s entire college career.” With these and other uses gaining ground in the higher education space, expect cloud computing’s popularity to grow in 2011. READ FULL POST at Campus Technology

How SaaS and Cloud Computing are Transforming Education

Via IT Management – One of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. is how to strengthen our schools in order to maintain our competitiveness in the global marketplace. And to do so in an increasingly tough economic climate. Fortunately, a growing array of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing vendors are demonstrating that they can significantly improve the effectiveness of our schools and the quality of education being provided. READ FULL POST at IT Management

Can Tech Transcend the Textbook?

Via Campus Technology – “Our notion is that technology has been under-leveraged to develop more compelling and engaging learning experiences,” McGraw-Hill’s Madan says. “As we look at evolving our products, it’s really about how we deliver more engaging experiences that drive better teaching and learning outcomes. We’re all being pushed increasingly into the business of providing outcomes, but we’re still exploring how we can best accomplish that.” READ FULL POST at Campus Technology

Survey Shows College Students Overwhelmed, Underprepared

Via Campus Technology – “Students today face new challenges and are increasingly spread thin, whether it’s [because they are] working full time, balancing finances or caring for families. Instructors feel the pressure, too, as they try to do more with fewer resources and teach students who are either ill-prepared for their day’s lesson or distracted by other issues,” said William Rieders, executive vice president of new media for Cengage Learning. “Companies need to develop innovative technologies that make it easier to keep today’s students more engaged and better equipped for future educational success.” READ FULL POST at Campus Technology

Kentucky Community and Technical College System Selects CampusCE

Seattle, WA – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has chosen CampusCE to service the needs of its Continuing Education and Open Enrollment programs with CampusCE’s on-demand Education Management System. CampusCE will provide its EMS solutions to all of KCTCS’s 16 colleges and 67 campuses. The CampusCE EMS software platform will create a common reporting platform through which KCTCS system schools will efficiently provide standardized reporting to a KCTCS’s backend data warehouse.

While the KCTCS mission is to provide general education, it is expanding its focus on occupational/technical education. In the past ten years KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in the state of Kentucky. In 2007, KCTCS colleges provided workforce services to 4,850 businesses and industries and approximately 48,000 employees.