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Learning Machine Update Brings Together Blockcerts and Open Badges

The Learning Machine Issuing System can now be used for both Blockcerts and IMS-compliant Open Badges. The means education providers can "consolidate issuing both micro-credentials and blockchain-secured official records from the same system," according to a news announcement.

Partnership Working to Connect Degrees and Certifications

Workcred, a nonprofit organization focused on credentialing in the workforce, is partnering with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association to help create opportunities for undergraduate students to earn certifications as part of their degree program.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 31, 2018)

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2019, the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2019 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.

Senate Passes Bill to Streamline FAFSA Data Collection

The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to improve the way that the IRS and Department of Education communicate information for FAFSA applications.



American Universities Are Next Battlefront for U.S.-China Tech Debate

The federal government is grappling with how to develop policies to curb Chinese economic espionage at American universities without falling into racial or ethnic profiling.

Survey: Gen Zers Motivated by Money to Learn

Gen Zers aren't shy about saying money motivates them to learn. According to a survey conducted online for LinkedIn in October among 3,072 adults working full time, the top two reasons these individuals consider learning important is to improve at their jobs and to make more money.

Understanding Prospective Student 'Mindsets' Can Lift Impact of Communications

Students display specific hopes and dreams as they approach the work of choosing the right college to attend. Understanding those "mindsets" can help the institution personalize their interactions with prospective students more effectively, according to a new report from Eduventures.

Experts Debate Merits of AI in Education

Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI "will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities."

Cornell Launches Applied AI Initiative

Cornell University and r4 Technologies, a company that produces an artificial intelligence platform, are collaborating on a cross-disciplinary endeavor that will eventually introduce required undergraduate courses in data science and AI. The partnership will also launch a program in which master's students will work in teams to tackle real-world projects for r4 and other companies.

Report Finds AP Credits Reduce Student Loan Debt

A report from a Vanderbilt University researcher finds correlations between AP credits earned in high school and outcomes in college graduation trends.

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