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Washington State Community Colleges Piloting a Faster, Cheaper Degree Program
Community colleges in Washington State are lowering the time to and cost of a degree with a new online program that combines a competency-based model with open educational resources.
Treehouse Debuts Training on Apple's New Coding Language
Treehouse Learning has released 71 videos that will introduce students to Swift, Apple’s new coding language, and an Android app.
MIT Adopts Network Access Service
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched the Eduroam Wi-Fi network service, which allows members of the MIT community to connect to Eduroam networks at other institutions, and allows visitors from other participating Eduroam institutions to connect anywhere that MIT and MIT Secure Wi-Fi networks are available.
U Nevada Las Vegas Takes Delivery of TOP500-Ranked Supercomputer
An Intel-built supercomputer that ranks on the TOP500 and Green500 lists has arrived in Las Vegas from Oregon, where it will serve the needs of researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
UCSB Security Researchers To Help Too-Trusting Smartphone App Users
Little is known about the "trust relationships" that exist among users, the smartphone platform and the surrounding ecosystem, including smartphone apps and the app markets. But a research team at the University of California Santa Barbara has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research the topic.
Mobile "Edutainment" Means Serious Learning at Georgia Regents University
For GRU, developing mobile technology that both entertains and instructs is not just a theoretical goal — it's a whole new approach to education.
Free Software Matches Students with College Choices
Campus Steps is a free matchmaking application that helps students identify appropriate colleges to apply to based on self-reported data, such as academic achievements, assessment scores and future goals.
edX Revisits Completely Open Source License
After famously releasing its source code under a broad open source license, MIT and Harvard’s edX MOOC platform is backtracking a bit--reclassifying part of its code to an open but less restrictive license.
Report: 4 in 10 Wristworn Devices Will Be Smartwatches by 2016
Four out of 10 devices worn on the wrist will be smartwatches by 2016, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That prediction follows a swell in the smartwatches available to consumers as the number of companies offering the devices has increased from just two a year ago to seven with a device either currently on the market or about to ship.
Brockenhurst College Taps IBM Technology To Personalize Its Education
Brockenhurst College in the United Kingdom is hoping to achieve a 15 percent increase in growth and a 15 percent reduction in students who are at risk of dropping out over the next five years. To get there, the institution is rolling out IBM's Exceptional Student Experience (ESE), which uses a mixture of cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies to help personalize the experience a student gets from enrollment all the way through to entering the workforce and lifelong learning.
Building on Competency-Based Education
CT talked with Argosy University System's vice chancellor for academic affairs to learn how that institution tackled competency-based education — creating the first WASC-accredited MBA in its region based on a direct assessment, competency model. Now, Argosy is developing hybrid approaches that combine direct assessment with traditional seat time-based courses.
MIT Division of Student Life Launches Online Ed Initiative
MIT's Division of Student Life is planning to develop an online experiential learning curriculum to teach skills such as project management, team dynamics, civic engagement, diversity, collaboration and leadership.
American Public: Make Teachers Apprentice for a Year
The American public has some very specific opinions about how teachers can become better at their jobs in helping K-12 students learn, including how education colleges might change, according to a new survey from PDK and Gallup.
Survey: Admissions Officers and High School Students Differ in Support for 2016 SAT Changes
Kaplan Test Prep, a major provider of test preparation products for the SAT exam and others, recently asked college admissions officers and high school students what they thought of the upcoming changes to the test. The company found that admissions officers were generally more supportive of the modifications than the students, and the difference of opinion surfaced in several areas.
Chegg Debuts Online College Counseling Service
Vendor Collaboration Enhances Utah State University Library Discovery Process
A partnership between EBSCO Discovery Service and Innovative is expected to enhance the access students and faculty at Utah State have to research resources.
LearnLaunch Accepting Applications for Third Round of Funding for Ed Tech Startups
LearnLaunch Accelerator, a Boston-based ed tech startup program, is accepting applications for its 2015 cohort.
Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students
Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps.
Academic Partnerships Opens Latest Round of Online Learning and Teaching Grants
Educators in institutions that work with Academic Partnerships programs have about two weeks to apply for grants related to online learning research. The company expects to issue about $50,000 in grants up to $3,000 for individual proposals and up to $5,000 for collaborative research.
HPC Advisory Council's Student Cluster Competition Opens
The HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance Conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have launched the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition.
Gartner: Mobile Apps Open to Security Exploitation
Between device loss or theft, idle malware introduced via smartphone update requests, rogue hotspots and poorly-coded apps, IT leaders in education need to start girding themselves for an onslaught of security threats related to the mobile devices carried by students and staff. According to Gartner, over the next year and through the end of 2015, more than three-quarters of mobile apps will fail "basic security tests."
Online Learning Consortium Selects Award Recipients
The association committed to excellence in online learning will present awards at its international conference in Orlando.
University of Georgia Rolls Out New App
The app at the Athens, GA campus will do everything from letting students pay university bills to telling them where available parking spaces are and what’s for lunch at the cafeteria.
New Chrome Plugin Allows for 1-Click Screencasting
MediaCore’s screencasting software Capture is coming to Chrome via a free browser plugin that records a user’s activity using the same technology as Google Hangouts.
University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future
The University System of Georgia is embarking on a mission to "Invent the Beyond," and it is opening up the process to others in higher education in a MOOC-like collaboration starting this week.
Syracuse U Uses Gamification To Encourage Student Development
The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University has launched a new program this fall, called the Goodman Impress program, that lets students earn points for taking part in career-building extracurricular activities.
Microsoft Expands YouthSpark Efforts
YouthSpark started two years ago, and in that time, Microsoft stated, the program has "created opportunities" for 227 million people in 100 countries. The company is now nearly doubling those efforts.
Startup Launches Automatic Cloud-Based 3D Printer
A new fully automated and cloud-based 3D printer from NVBOTS will soon hit the market, with features intended to help simplify the sometimes complex 3D printing process.
When YouTube Isn't Enough To Manage Your Campus Video Content
How two groups of higher ed institutions in New York state are tackling the video management challenge and sharing content across multiple schools.  
New Service Turns Used Data Center Equipment into Dollars
Institutions going through a data center refresh now have a way to squeeze some cash out of their old hardware.
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