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Survey: More IT Education Needed for Campus Leadership

Campus IT leaders are not immune to the IT skills hiring gap that many other industries are facing, but 78 percent of college and university officials believe that the problem stems from non-competitive salaries and benefits compared to the private sector.

Bilingual AI Chatbot Helps Colleges Communicate with Spanish Language Speakers

Ocelot, a provider of conversational chatbots for higher ed institutions, has announced a bilingual English-Spanish chatbot.

Unity College Reimagines Curriculum to Focus on Job-Ready Skills

Students in their first two years at Unity College, a private liberal arts institution in Maine known for experiential education, are being introduced to a redesigned curriculum aimed at helping them develop career-focused skills from day one.

Echo360 Intros Groups Feature for Secure Video Sharing

Video platform Echo360 has launched a new Groups feature, allowing institutions, faculty and students to securely share video in ad hoc repositories.

UTSA Lab Brings Large-Scale Engineering Testing to Campus

The University of Texas at San Antonio has opened a Large-Scale Testing Laboratory to give student and faculty researchers a 50-foot-tall facility to test the structural integrity of systems.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Oct. 14, 2019)

Upcoming events include the Spaces4Learning Summit, A.C.M. S.I.G.U.C.C.S. Annual Conference, and E-Learn 2019.

U Minnesota Collaborates with Target for Cybersecurity Education

A three-year partnership between the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering and Target will fund programs to educate the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

MouseBelt Builds Education Alliance to Drive Blockchain Innovation

Blockchain accelerator MouseBelt is putting together a network of industry leaders tasked with supporting blockchain innovation in higher education. The Blockchain Education Alliance will work to "provide university students with the connections and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce with practicable blockchain skills to contribute to the growing industry," according to a news announcement.

NSF Creates AI-Powered Innovation Program

The National Science Foundation has announced a new joint federal program to fund research focused on artificial intelligence at colleges, universities and nonprofit or nonacademic organizations focused on educational or research activities. The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program expects to award approximately $120 million in 2020 to fund planning grants and up to six research institutes.

Bow Valley College Launches Blockchain-Powered Digital Credentials

Graduates of Bow Valley College in Alberta, Canada can now carry validated digital credentials with them anywhere, any time. The institution partnered with TerraHub Technologies, a software company focused on blockchain and artificial intelligence, to launch a mobile digital credential wallet based on the company's Sync platform.

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