Collaboration & Web 2.0


Colorado’s Online Professional Learning Platform Integrates Video Coaching

COpilot now offers video-powered PD through Edthena. Educators can use the platform to upload videos of their classroom instruction and then share those videos with coaches who can give timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths and notes.

Creators of Second Life Open Sansar Social VR Platform to the Public

Sansar empowers individuals, communities, schools, studios, corporations, brands and others to easily create, share and ultimately sell immersive 3D social experiences for consumers to enjoy on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows PCs, according to the company Linden Labs, which also created Second Life.

Social VR Platform AltspaceVR Says Goodbye

With around 35,000 active monthly users, AltspaceVR is shutting down due to financial difficulty.

Report: Cloud Eases LMS Migration, Leads to Market Change

A shift to the cloud is causing market change for learning management systems, according to a new report from education technology research firm e-Literate.

2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point

Four higher ed IT leaders weigh in on the current state of education technology and what's ahead.



Students More Likely to Read Alerts that Deliver Good News and Comparisons with Peers

Students love to hear good news about how well they're doing in their courses or how their performance — good or bad — compares to other students in the class, according to a research project undertaken by Blackboard's analytics and research team.

Blackboard Intros Mobile App for Instructors

Blackboard today unveiled Blackboard Instructor, a mobile app designed to help faculty manage their courses, engage students and complete course-related activities inside and outside the classroom.

Acrobatiq Adds New Course Authoring and Analytics Capabilities

An upgrade to Acrobatiq's adaptive learning and analytics platform boasts enhancements to the Acrobatiq Smart Author digital publishing application as well as improvements to the Acrobatiq learning analytics engine.

Major Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business

Two major coding bootcamp operators, Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard, are shutting down, citing the lack of a viable business model for a nascent market.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Gains $780,000 NSF Grant for VR Water Project

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) was recently awarded a $784,218 grant through 2020 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project focused on developing a virtual reality (VR) educational curriculum for water management.

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