Social Media and Social Change

Thanks to social media, individuals and organizations have been empowered to advance social change in areas like education like never before. This infographic describes how companies like Kickstarter, DonorsChoose, and others are helping people raise millions for great causes.

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All-You-Can-Eat-Education for $30 a Month

Online courses, OpenCourseWare, and MOOCs have fundamentally changed how we perceive affordable and accessible education. This inforgraphic highlights how startups like Khan Academy, BenchPrep, Udemy, and others are empowering students and educators by offering hundreds of courses online for almost next to nothing.

All-You-Can-Eat-Education for $30 a Month

Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data

This infographic gives a nice introduction to learning analytics and how they may be used to impact education in the future.

An Infographic by Open Colleges

ECAR 2012 Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology

Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2012, ECAR collaborated with 195 institutions to collect responses from more than 100,000 students about their technology experiences. The findings are distilled into the broad thematic message for institutions and educators to balance strategic innovation with solid delivery of basic institutional services and pedagogical practices and to know students well enough to understand which innovations they value the most.

Key Findings

See the 2012 report for a full list key messages, findings, and supporting data.

  • Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn.
  • Students want to access academic progress information and course material via their mobile devices, and institutions deliver.
  • Technology training and skill development for students is more important than new, more, or “better” technology.
  • Students use social networks for interacting with friends more than for academic communication.


The following infographic, available here as PDF, highlights some of the key findings:

ECAR 2012 Infographic

ECAR Recommends

See the 2012 report for a full list of actionable results.

  • Look to emerging or established leaders (other institutions, other countries, other industries) for strategies to deliver instruction and curricular content to tablets and smartphones. Learn from their exemplary strategies for IT support and security with student devices as well as planning, funding, deploying, and managing instructional technologies, services, and support.
  • Prioritize the development of mobile-friendly resources and activities that students say are important: access to course websites and syllabi, course and learning management systems, and academic progress reports (i.e., grades).
  • Bridge the gap between the technologies that have seen the greatest growth (e-portfolios, e-books/e-textbooks, and web-based citation/bibliographic tools) and students’ attitudes about their importance. Focus training/skill-building opportunities for students, professional development opportunities for faculty, and support service opportunities on these emerging technologies.
  • Use e-mail and the course and learning management system for formal communication with students. Experiment with text messaging and instant messaging/online chatting, and don’t focus efforts on using social networks and telephone conversations to interact with students.

Complete study findings available here.

Digital Faculty: Professors and Technology, 2012

Professors are excited about many of the trappings of digital teaching and scholarship. Others increase their work loads, stress them out, and scare them, a survey by Inside Higher Ed and Babson Survey Research Group shows.

A PDF can be downloaded here; the text of the report can be viewed here.

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