Giving Compass' Take:

· A number of different colleges and universities around the country have began to integrate technology into the daily lives of faculty and students. Here, Education Dive reports that Amazon's Alexa has been adopted by higher education to answer questions specific to students and their schools. 

· How is technology making college life easier? How are schools addressing student privacy concerns with this new technology?

· Read more on technology in higher education.

A number of colleges and universities are researching the benefits of virtual personal assistant apps and devices for students, faculty members and staff. McGill University in Montreal implemented a student app called Oohlala. Ollivier Dyens, deputy provost for McGill, said the app delivers information to baseline campus features including events, maps, tours, a directory and more. What makes Oohlala different from other apps is that it also focuses on student engagement, Dyens said.

Texas A&M University in Galveston also is using Oohlala. Shelly Fordyce, director of student activities,said she was surprised to see students use the Oohlala app to form relationships with one another before the start of the acedemic year. And Joe Hoff, associate director for recreational sports, said he saw the most value in how the app supported new students, who often struggle with time management.

Read the full article about technology in higher education by Halona Black at Education Dive.