April 10, 2016

The Digital Campus: Tech Innovators 2016

Meet this year’s tech innovators — nine men, women, and projects using education technology boldly and broadly. This is the fourth time in recent years that The Chronicle has featured innovative uses of technology to solve problems — to develop more personalized instruction, preserve scientific integrity, help disabled vets get an education, and more. As part of the selection process, we asked readers and higher-education leaders for suggestions. We were just as interested in projects with a shoestring budget as we were in bigger, more-­ambitious projects. We considered leaders in various sectors, so you’ll meet ed-tech entrepreneurs, student activists, a community-college president, and a scholar who wants us to ask questions ­— many questions — about who benefits from technology. The final selections were made by a group of Chronicle editors and reporters.

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As a co-founder of Civitas Learning, he provides a cloud-based platform that helps users avoid "analysis paralysis" and use data to help students succeed.

The rationale is simple: More anonymity means more scrutiny for published papers, and more scrutiny means more errors are caught.

The Black Liberation Collective uses online platforms the way the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee used the black press in the 1960s.

For MIT's point person on digital learning, the best approach is to persuade colleagues through engagement and research.

As president of LaGuardia Community College, in New York, she has sought out unlikely partners to help students get jobs.

At the University of Pittsburgh, she brings the science of education to the field of rehabilitation technology.

The free online atlas, developed at the University of Richmond, presents social developments in a compellingly interactive way.

A new network will allow college instructors to share and exchange digital tools and the lessons they create.

He says the prevailing mind-set behind digital companies is how to sell them for lots of money, not how to make them sustainable or benefit their workers.

According to an online editing tool that advertises its ability to make Hemingways of us all, Papa’s prose wasn’t so hot.

A professor asks students to observe their use of tech and make healthy and effective changes based on those observations.

Digital tools like an open-source timeline builder allow the work of one group of students to enhance the learning of the next.

Technology, responsible for so much mental absentia among millennials, can actually deepen their presence in the classroom.

Faculty members who resist moving their classrooms online may be expressing a fundamental concern about preserving their traditional roles.

Today’s college classroom sits at a crossroads between the principally print past and a print-plus future.