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U Michigan Launches Residential MOOC on Healthcare Policy

The University of Michigan has launched its first residential MOOC with more than 800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students signing up in its first week.

OrcaTV Launches Campus Life Channel Platform

OrcaTV, a digital media company focused on higher education, has launched a media platform designed to help students, faculty and staff stay in touch with campus news with a campus life channel.

Students Vie To Over-Engineer in 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

The winning team used a giant gumball machine, a tennis ball, a falling hammer, a bowling ball, a fry pan, tubes and tracks and lightbulbs, a tiny boxing glove and a plastic shark, along with multiple other accessories, all as the most elaborate scheme possible for zipping up a zipper.

Portable Videoconferencing for Under $500

Logitech is introducing the ConferenceCam Connect, a portable all-in-one videoconferencing device that costs less than some office chairs.



Minnesota School Knocked by Data Breach

Metropolitan found out about the breach when it was contacted by a "private information sharing community of trusted research and higher education partners."

Report: Facebook Use Affects GPA in Freshmen, Not Seniors

Facebook use has a negative effect on GPA for freshmen. For sophomores and juniors, it has a negative effect on GPA only if they're doing their schoolwork at the same time. For seniors, Facebook has no effect on GPA, according to a new study.

Research Examines Role of White Hat Hacker Community

A research project out of Penn State suggests that companies that reward hackers who uncover vulnerabilities in their systems could improve the discovery process by expanding and adding diversity to their white hat communities.

Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon has launched a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP EDU, targeted at educators and authors of textbooks and other educational content.

What Does Privacy 'Look' Like? Carnegie Mellon Project Seeks Drawings

"It's a fascinating view into what people think about privacy," said project lead Lorri Cranor. "With the little kids, you can see doors, bedrooms and pulling the blankets over their heads." Teens and adults show more concern about government surveillance and overexposure on social networks.

Competition for High School, College Coders Now Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the second annual Dream It. Code It. Win It. competition, in which high school and college students are asked to present a problem, write computer code to solve the problem and then demonstrate the results in a YouTube video.