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Turning Offers Tech Grants to Support Effective Hybrid Learning

A new grant program from ed tech company Turning will award a total of $25,000 in technology to five schools, colleges and other organizations, in order to help them "develop engaging practices to improve learner outcomes" in hybrid learning environments.

Northern Virginia CC Apprenticeship Program to Train Information Technology Talent

A new IT apprenticeship program at Northern Virginia Community College is offering students on-the-job training in technical skills, soft skills, lab work and other IT-related skills.

AI-Powered Tutor Uses Google Cloud to Generate Learning Activities

In collaboration with Google Cloud, Walden University has created a new tool that uses artificial intelligence to help students review and master course concepts.

Survey: College Students Expect to Face Mental Health Issues this Fall

A recent poll of incoming and matriculating college students found that nearly half of respondents (44 percent) anticipate being impacted by mental health issues (either themselves and/or among roommates, classmates or professors) during the fall 2021 semester.

Follett Offloads K–12 Division

Follett has sold its K–12 content and software division to private investment firm Francisco Partners, which also owns Renaissance Learning, Discovery Education, Freckle, myON and Mystery Science. The Follett Higher Education Group will remain a part of the company.

5G Drives Device Growth, Begins to Push Out 4G

The price of mobile connectivity is on the rise as 5G begins to shut out 4G. 5G phones are significantly more expensive than 4G phones, and that gap is widening as 5G phones double in volume.

Notebooks Driving Growth in Computing Devices as Tablets Decline

The computing device market is seeing slower-than-expected growth this year, owing largely to shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, overall growth in 2021 will be positive, according to a new report. However, that growth will continue to slow through 2025, with tablets actually going seeing negative growth. Education is one of the positive drivers.

New Mexico CC Collaborative Chooses Workday and CampusWorks for Consistent Student Experience

A community college collaborative formed earlier this year to develop shared services expects to launch its first programs shortly. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS), which was started by five schools in New Mexico, announced that it is working with Workday's suite of applications, which includes enterprise planning, financial management, human capital management and student services.

NSF Grant to Help UC Davis Build STEM Camp Program for Black/African-American Girls

A California University has just received a $2.4 million grant to draw Black and African American girls into robotics and engineering. The funding from the National Science Foundation will enable the University of California Davis to do outreach through its Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM).

Educause Assessment Tool Gauges Institutional Analytics Capabilities

Educause has created a new self-assessment tool to help colleges and universities better understand how their analytics capabilities can enhance teaching and learning practices, improve student outcomes and advance institutional goals.