Our pick of stories from around the web covering instructional design thinking and educational technology.
Point-Based Grading Systems: Benefits and Liabilities (Faculty Focus)
by Maryellen Weimer, Ph. D.
Things to consider when setting up your grading system.
Closing Achievement Gaps in MOOCs (Science)
by René F. Kizilcec, Andrew J. Saltarelli, Justin Reich, Geoffrey L. Cohen
Students from less-developed countries were more likely to persist and achieve with some psychological interventions.
What Will It Take to Move the Needle of Change? (WebAim)
by Cyndi Rowland
The author ponders the slow progress of web accessibility.
How to Make Universal Design for Learning a Reality at Your University (3PlayMedia)
by Emily Griffin
Dr. Tobin gives practical advice for promoting Universal Design.
Growing Trend: Internet of Things Expands into College and University Curricula (eCampus News)
by Laura Devaney
The Internet of Things has hit campuses and is posing challenges as well as offering opportunities.
As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
by Goldie Blumenstyk
Open Educational Resources (or OER), are gaining momentum in higher ed. In an interview, senior open-policy fellow at Creative Commons Hal Plotkin explains why they are here to stay.
The Types of Feedback that Help Students the Most (Turnitin Blog)
A survey of 2,400 hundred students explains their perception of feedback and what kind of feedback they prefer.
There’s No Such Thing as Asynchronous Teaching (Vitae)
by Nicole Matos
A professor articulates the importance of being “timely, responsive, and present” in an online course.
Making Disability Part of the Conversation: Combatting Inaccessible Spaces and Logics (Hybrid Pedagogy)
by Rick Godden and Anne-Marie Womack
Two post-docs at Tulane argue that multi-modality and flexible design are integral ingredients for any accessible course.