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U Michigan Large-Course Writing Toolkit to Add Automated Text Analysis

A team of educators at the University of Michigan is getting closer to releasing a new version of a writing program intended to implement writing-to-learn pedagogies in large enrollment courses. The enhanced edition of M-Write, expected in fall 2017, includes the use of automated text analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a student's writing submission.

Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs

While a recent research project examined enrollment patterns for online courses, a new survey is looking at broader questions related to online programs, this one based on responses from "chief online officers." Produced by Quality Matters and Eduventures, the "Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE)" offers a "baseline" examination of program development, quality measures and other structural issues.

Campus Safety Platform Offers Emergency Data, Streamlines Reporting

Student engagement platform ClearScholar, with support from Butler University’s police, security and IT departments, launched a new platform that aims to enhance safety technology at colleges and universities.



U of Michigan Awarded Google Grant to Expand After-School Robotics Program

More students in Detroit Public Schools will be participating in after-school programs in science and engineering, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Google to the Michigan Engineering Zone, a makerspace project of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Microsoft Boosts OneNote Accessibility, Offers Free Accessibility Training Course for Educators

Microsoft has unveiled new accessibility features for OneNote, the company's collaborative note-taking app for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.

U of Washington-Madison Twitter Account Up and Running After Hack

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) yesterday morning had its Twitter account (@UWMadison) hacked by an unauthorized user. The account, which has about 160,000 followers, published four tweets before UW-M staff became aware of the breach.

Blackboard Releases Accessibility Tool

Blackboard is rolling out an accessibility tool that it plans to make available for all major learning management systems.

Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon

At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.

Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

The latest report on predictive analytics from New America proposes five guidelines for ensuring the ethical use of student data in recruiting and retention, such as the avoidance of bias in predictive models and algorithms.

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