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Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Sept. 10, 2018)

Upcoming events include SANS Network Security 2018, the 2018 C.C.U.M.C. Annual Conference, Construct3D and the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange.

CUNY Start Program Gives Remedial Students a Low-Cost Boost

A new report that examined the impact of the City University of New York "Start" program has found that it's working. Start offers an inexpensive replacement for students who would normally enter remedial college courses to build their math, reading and writing skills. Instead of taking those classes and draining their financial aid for non-credit courses, students delay their college entry for a semester, attend the $75 Start program and get an intensive push in those areas.

Researchers Building a Better Way of Placing Students in Community College

A recently published report from the Community College Research Center and social policy researcher MDRC examined alternatives to traditional placement testing for math and English. According to "Toward Better College Course Placement," about 60 percent of community college students are directed into at least one remedial education course based on their results from placement tests, while roughly a third of them are probably "misdirected."

Study: Job Earnings Data Does Not Impact Students' Choice of Major

An issue brief published by Rutgers University specifically examined whether access to labor market data changed students' choice of major or perceptions of earnings or job security. The bottom line: When students didn't know any better, they expected to earn more than they should; yet having access to earning data didn't sway students to consider changing majors.



Educause Explores Future of Extended Reality on Campus

An Educause project is examining the integration of 3D technologies — 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality and augmented reality — into education to create "extended reality."

Two New Conferences Explore Blockchain in Education

Oral Roberts University, which recently held a conference to educate colleges and universities about blockchain, will be co-hosting two new one-day blockchain events, one on the east coast and the other on the west coast, to reach educators and IT leaders in both higher education and K-12.

Berkeley College Faculty Test VR for Learning

In a pilot program at Berkeley College, members of a Virtual Reality Faculty Interest Group tested the use of virtual reality to immerse students in a variety of learning experiences. During winter 2018, seven different instructors in nearly as many disciplines used inexpensive Google Cardboard headsets along with apps on smartphones to virtually place students in North Korea, a taxicab and other environments as part of their classwork.

Mott CC App Includes Wayfinding Feature

A Michigan community college has launched a mobile app that includes wayfinding. Mott Community College developed Mott Mobile App for iOS and Android devices using Meridian Mobile Apps.

New Resource Offers Ideas for Advocating OER Adoption

Lumen Learning has created an online resource to help proponents of open educational resources make the case for O.E.R. use on campus.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Sept. 3, 2018)

Upcoming events include SANS Network Security 2018, the 2018 C.C.U.M.C. Annual Conference, Construct3D and the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange.

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