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Free Playbook Offers Guidance to Faculty on Moving Courses Fully Online

A "playbook" from a team of higher education organizations provides advice and tips for faculty on how to design their courses for online delivery, enhance their online instruction and pursue continuous improvement.

New Instruments Help Students Learn Chemistry Data Collection

A scientific equipment company that caters to education has launched a new set of data-collection instruments for use by college-level chemistry students, for use when classes have moved back to campus. The new chemistry products from Vernier Software & Technology include the Go Direct Polarimeter, Go Direct Mini GC and Go Direct Cyclic Voltammetry System.

Georgetown Center on Ed and Workforce Launches Research Library

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has launched a research repository where 650 different resources are freely available.

Rice D2K Lab Takes Student Project Showcase Virtual

Rice University transitioned its annual Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge (the D2K Lab) showcase to a virtual showcase.

Free Top Hat Basic Allows for Live Streaming and Recording of Class

Top Hat is launching a version of its program that will assist faculty in embedding active learning into their remote classes. The recently announced Top Hat Basic will be available free to students and professors in time for the fall 2020 semester, the company said.



OER for Workforce Development

SkillsCommons provides a massive but navigable repository for the workforce development pipeline — supporting programs with affordable, openly licensed training and education materials.

OLC to Deliver Discounted PD on Online Instruction to Minority-Serving Institutions

The Online Learning Consortium has received a grant to work with minority-serving institutions as they shift to online instruction. The $50,000 award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will fund delivery of affordable, short-term workshops to reach instructors in institutions that need professional development resources most.

Simmons U Plans Dual Paths for Fall 2020

To cover all bases, Simmons University, a private women-focused institution in Boston, has announced its intention to develop an online undergraduate experience in time for the start of school in fall 2020. The new program, being built with the help of 2U, will give students the option of enrolling in hundreds of Simmons courses redesigned this summer for online delivery.

Colleges Show Great Interest in Alternative Credentials But Weak Follow-Through

A survey undertaken by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and online learning producer MindEdge found that two-thirds of respondents in colleges and universities have seen growing interest in alternative credentials among students in recent years, and nearly half would call it "significant growth" in interest.

Google Meet Now Offers Free Option

Google has just made premium functionality in its online video meeting software freely available to anybody with a Google e-mail account.