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University of Phoenix Expands Use of Blackboard Tech

The University of Phoenix has signed a four-year deal to scale up its use of Blackboard Learn with the Ultra experience across the institution. The implementation is expected to be complete in the first half of 2019.

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

Unizin Adds Student Writing Data to its Data Platform for a Clearer Portrait of Learner Success

Unizin's Data Platform has a new dimension for analyzing student success: data on the reading and writing process. The consortium of 25 U.S. universities partnered with Turnitin to "give college and university instructors better data about how students write and revise their work," according to a news announcement.

Report: Accessibility in Digital Learning Increasingly Complex

The Online Learning Consortium has introduced a series of original reports to keep people in education up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of digital learning. The first report covers accessibility and addresses both K-12 and higher education. The series is being produced by O.L.C.'s Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership.



Gender Wage Gap Exists for Graduates of Nearly Every Top College in America

Brigham Young University graduates who are female earn 57 percent less than male graduates. For Princeton graduates, the difference is 37 percent. And at Stanford, it's 32 percent. In fact, according a study commissioned by Priceonomics, for America's top colleges, the average gender wage gap is 19 percent. While men after graduation earn an average of $59,028, women earn $47,887.

Autonomy of Traditional Accrediting Bodies 'Waning'

A new report developed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, its International Quality Group and NORC at the University of Chicago examines "emerging approaches" for judging quality in higher education.

Google's Course Kit Mashes Google Docs and Drive with the LMS

Google is seeking beta testers for Course Kit, a free toolkit that uses Google Docs and Google Drive to create and collect assignments, give feedback to students and share course materials within the learning management system already being used.

Blackboard Updates CourseSites Online Learning Platform

At the BbWorld conference taking place this week in Orlando, Blackboard introduced a new version of CourseSites, a free platform for individual instructors to deliver e-learning.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of July 16, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Institute, T.D.W.I. Anaheim Conference, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference and SANS Network Security 2018.

Today's College Students Shy Away from Face-to-Face Advising

While 44 percent of college students would like their coaching to be one-on-one in person, according to a recent survey, more collectively would prefer other modes, including e-mailing (18 percent), online via videoconference or texting (both at 11 percent), via personalized college app (10 percent) and by social media (6 percent). The survey was done jointly by Civitas Learning, an education technology company, and the Center for Generational Kinetics, a Millennial and Gen Z research firm.

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