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Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Feb. 12, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Innovations Conference, Digital Signage Expo 2018, SANS 2018, O.L.C. Innovate and the A.A.C.C. 98th Annual Convention.

McGill U Researcher: Smartphone Addiction Is Normal Need to Connect on Overdrive

We stare at our phones all the time not because the devices themselves are addictive, but because we're driven to socialize, according to a recent literature review by researchers at McGill University.

NSF Teams with Private Cloud Providers to Beef up BIGDATA Awards

The National Science Foundation is partnering with cloud providers on its Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) program in an effort to encourage projects that focus on large-scale experimentation and scalability.

Northeastern University Launches Micro Credential Program in Computer Science

Northeastern University has created a new Micro Credential program for working professionals in California's Bay Area looking to hone their skills in computer science. The program was created in partnership with mobile security company Lookout and is an extension of Northeastern's Silicon Valley campus.

Educause Could Pick Up NMC Horizon Report Assets for $55k

By next Wednesday, shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific time, the fate of New Media Consortium's assets could be decided in a bankruptcy court in Sacramento. A nonprofit best known for producing the annual "Horizon" reports on technology trends in higher education, K-12, libraries and museums could become the property of Educause, a higher ed technology association. Educause has put in the highest bid so far, $55,000, to acquire N.M.C.'s Horizon projects, trademarks, membership and subscriber lists, internet domain, phone number and furniture and fixtures.

Adults Considering a Return to College Are Leery of Cost and Online Ed

A new survey from Champlain College Online reported that while most adults see the value in higher education to prepare them for career advancement, concerns about college affordability are the major barriers they face in returning to school. Three-quarters of respondents said they didn't want to be "burdened with student debt." Seven in 10 said they couldn't afford college. A solid third said they couldn't afford to return to school because they were supporting their children's education.

Delft U Adds Interactive Walls for Collaborative Projects

A university in the Netherlands has adopted wide wall technology that helps teams of collaborators —faculty and students — display and revise their projects in person and remotely. Delft University of Technology has deployed two Nureva Walls, one 10 feet wide and another 20 feet long, along with Nureva's Span software, in a new teaching lab. Both walls provide large digital workspaces where users can share, add and interact with the visuals and information through Span, which runs on their computers and mobile devices.

MIT MicroMasters Begins On-Campus Phase

MIT considers its ongoing experiment in "MicroMasters" to be a success. The first cohort of students is expected to graduate this June, earning a full master's degree in supply chain management at a much-reduced cost compared to tackling the program fully on campus. Announced in 2015, the program combines months of online work with a shorter period of on-campus courses. A group of 40 students from around the world have now begun their first residential semester in Cambridge at MIT's campus.

Crestron Updates AirMedia Wireless Presentation Tech

Crestron has introduced the next generation of its AirMedia wireless presentation technology. AirMedia 2.0 allows users to connect their smart devices and laptops to a room display, regardless of operating system, from anywhere in a classroom space.

Apple Takes Lead in Smart Phones as Market Dips

Smartphones dipped in the final quarter of 2017, a period in which Apple re-took the lead over Samsung in worldwide market share.

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