Collaboration & Web 2.0


National Math Teachers Council Warns of OER Risks

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a statement last week warning of the risks involved in relying too heavily on open educational resources, or OER.

AWS Educate Adds Cloud Careers Training, Job Board

The educational arm of Amazon Web Services has added new capabilities to its flagship product, helping students hone their technical skills and connect to careers in cloud computing.

Texas A&M Lab Unveils 3D Calculus Game

Triseum, a Texas-based education gaming company founded through the LIVE Lab at Texas A&M University, has unveiled a new, immersive game focused on calculus.

D2L Revs Brightspace LMS with New Virtual Classroom Tools

D2L has unveiled the Autumn16 release of its Brightspace learning management system, which includes new tools for personalized learning and assessment of soft skills.

D2L Teams with Amazon Web Services

D2L is partnering with Amazon Web Services in an effort to better serve customers and to accelerate expansion and innovation.



Blackboard Acquires Accessibility Platform

Blackboard today announced the acquisition of Fronteer, a UK-based educational products and services company whose flagship Ally software helps institutions and instructors make course content more accessible.

Blackboard Learn Gets Dropbox Integration

Thanks to a new partnership announced at the Educause 2016 conference, Blackboard Learn users will now be able to collaborate on documents using the cloud sharing platform Dropbox. As part of the integration, users will be able to upload documents to Dropbox, share them with others and collaborate in a secure environment.

Follett, DubLabs Partner to Ease Access to Course Materials

Follett has partnered with DubLabs in an effort to make it easier for students to access course materials.

GEMS Education and Carnegie Mellon University Partner to Create STEM and Robotics Labs

GEMS Education and Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab (Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab) are collaborating to develop a STEM-based learning laboratory and robotics curricula for pre-K–12 students worldwide.

A Return to Best Practices for Teaching Online

Is the distinction between online learning and campus-based instruction disappearing? Asking faculty to move their courses online may be deceptively simple. That's why co-authors Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad have refined a list of 14 best practices based on core learning principles to help faculty succeed in creating effective online courses.

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