Colleges around the country have been setting up a new kind of research center—with the goal of continually improving how their institutions teach and work with students…. [Recently], a select group of these leaders gathered at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for a day-and-a-half-long convening.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?!  Read the whole account here.

I particularly love this idea:  “One group proposed a free online repository of educational innovations, modeled after GitHub, the popular online space where computer programmers share their code.”

Looking forward to what happens next!

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5 Things Community College Administrators Wish EdTech Companies Would Do.   The list seems to be mostly about helping the institutions understand what they need and whether the proposed solutions are the best ones, or will even work at all.  That may sound “needy,” but, if you think about it… heck, yeah!  If you’re going to buy technology for home, you often seek out a lot of reviews, opinions, and you often can return something if it just doesn’t work.   The community college has far fewer opportunities to compare and contrast, far fewer entities that are “just like it,” and is often months down the road with something before they determine it just isn’t the right tool.  If EdTech companies want to sell more, they need to get in and understand better.

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This article about current use of wearable tech to try to better understand how student physiology and mental states affect their learning is a little scary, but pretty interesting.   I’d get an Empatica wristband

Empatica's "Embrace" Watch doesn't just monitor activity and sleep, but also physiological stress and arousal

Empatica’s “Embrace” Watch doesn’t just monitor activity and sleep, but also physiological stress and arousal

to help me understand just how I feel about the whole idea, but they retail for $1700…!

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