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Qualtrics Intros Return to Learn Hub to Help Guide Campus Reopening

Survey software and experience management company Qualtrics has created the Return to Learn Hub, a tool for performing daily symptom checks and contact tracing, as well as gauging student and staff sentiment on campus decisions.

Columbia SIS Replacement Project Gains Pickup

Columbia University is working with a higher education technology company to co-develop a replacement for its student information system. Under the arrangement, Columbia will be working with Unifyed to produce what has been branded as Unifyed SIS and already made available — in part — to other institutions.

Survey: Faculty Mostly Satisfied with Fall Plans

In a recent survey, just over half of faculty in higher education expressed doubt about the new academic year: Fifty-one percent said they were "uncertain" about the fall term. Yet 55 percent have said they're moderately or very satisfied with the plans their schools have publicly stated for the fall, and six in 10 said they'd rate the level of clarity their schools have provided regarding how students will be taught as either "excellent" or "good."

Emergency Coaching Services Available for Students in Crisis Due to COVID-19

Student success-focused nonprofit InsideTrack has launched a new initiative to provide emergency coaching services for college and university students facing crisis situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Twitch and Cxmmunity to Promote Esports in HBCUs

Game streamer Twitch is teaming up with a nonprofit focused on increasing participation in the esports and video game industry among minorities. Cxmmunity and Twitch will develop an esports league specifically for historically Black colleges and universities.

BNED Offering Bartleby Bundle Through VitalSource

Barnes & Noble Education, which recently announced it was spinning off into a separate company from Barnes & Noble booksellers, has expanded dealings with VitalSource, which distributes digital textbooks.

Central Queensland U Outfits Learning Spaces for High-Def Streaming

A university in Australia with multiple campuses has upgraded its approach to audio and video management. Central Queensland University, with 25 campuses, has installed media systems from Harman Professional Solutions, to facilitate high-definition streaming into classrooms from lecturers who may be situated anywhere in the university system.

Ryerson U Intros AR-Enhanced Science Labs

Ryerson University is working with an augmented reality company to develop a series of labs for science courses. The project is based on InfernoAR from NexTech AR Solutions.

VMware Updates Horizon, Adds More Cloud Support

VMware has introduced updates to its flagship virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform with the introduction of Horizon 8, as well as new additions to its VMware Workspace ONE, its digital workspace platform.

Social Distancing Technologies Jump to Peak of Gartner Hype Cycle

Research and advisory company Gartner recently released its latest "Hype Cycle" analyzing emerging technologies that "show promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years." Notably, social distancing technologies have fast-tracked to the top of the cycle — the "peak of inflated expectations." They are also anticipated to reach the "plateau of productivity" in less than two years.