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Smartphone Market Expected to Pick Up in 2020

Personal computing device shipments are looking stronger than expected for 2019, and smartphone deliveries are expected to bump up in 2020, according to two separate analyses by International Data Corp.

Office and Penetration Testing Software Increasingly Becoming Vectors for Malware

Half of all malware that tried to infect computers during the third quarter of 2019 was already known. The other half was "zero-day" malware, which bypassed (and therefore went undetected by) traditional signature-based security software.

Adult Learning Worldwide Not Keeping Pace with Need

A worldwide study of adult learning has found that those who most need it have the greatest trouble getting it. According to a report on the research, adults (defined as people over the age of 15) with disabilities, who are older, who are refugees or migrants, who live in areas of conflict, who are part of minority groups or other disadvantaged segments of society are "particularly under-represented" in education programs intended to deliver lifelong learning opportunities.

Virtual Advising Alone Insufficient to Make a Difference in College Admission

A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that virtual advising may work for some prospective college students, but targeting who it can benefit is difficult. According to the research, "many students probably need in-person and more intensive help to increase four-year enrollments."



5 Proven Ways to Make Your Good Online Course Great

Recent research uncovered just a handful of distinct elements that set great online teaching apart from the merely good. The findings came out of interviews with eight faculty members who have won awards for their online teaching from three professional associations: the Online Learning Consortium, the Association for Educational Communications & Technology and the United States Distance Learning Association.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 9, 2019)

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2020, the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2020 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.

Mixing in Online Courses Boosts Outcomes for CC Students

A statewide study of 30 SUNY community colleges found that, overall, students who successfully completed online courses nearly doubled their chances of earning a degree or transferring to a four-year college.

4 Schools Laying Groundwork to Host Esports Tournaments

A company that produces esports tournament software has entered into partnerships with four universities to host collegiate esports competitions. Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University and Houston's University of St. Thomas will use Mainline.GG software to host tournaments through 2020.

New Top Hat Intro Courses Offer All-in-One Learning Materials

Digital course materials company Top Hat is launching six new “Intro Courses” that provide a variety of learning materials and instructor resources in an all-in-one course solution.

Gartner: 10 Ways Technology Will Change What It Means to Be Human

"The human condition is being challenged as technology creates varied and ever-changing expectations of humans," according to research firm Gartner. That's the theme behind 10 strategic predictions it has made for 2020 and beyond: ways that technology will change the way humans work and interact with their environment and each other.

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