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100,000 Students Use Lumen OER in Single Term

For the first time ever, 100,000 students have enrolled in Lumen Learning-supported courses in a single term. The threshold was crossed in June 2018, when a college success program offered at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana took the total count over the 100,000 mark.

Gen Zers Look to Teachers First, YouTube Second for Instruction

Students in Generation Z would rather learn from YouTube videos than from nearly any other form of instruction. YouTube was designated as the preferred mode of learning by 59 percent of Gen Zers in a survey on the topic, compared to in-person group activities with classmates (mentioned by 57 percent), learning applications or games (47 percent) and printed books (also 47 percent). The only method of instruction that beat out YouTube? Teachers.

Saint Louis U Students Rooming with Alexa

This week, Saint Louis University will open up for move-in, when students begin occupying their dorm rooms and apartments. They'll be greeted by Amazon Alexa-enabled devices primed and ready to answer questions about the university and the campus experience.

Perkins Act Given Another 6 Years of Life

After six years of kicking around the official language for an updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education bill, Congress and the president have voted and signed the act into law. The Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), which has been considered for reauthorization since 2012, commits between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the program over the next six years.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Aug. 20, 2018)

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

2018 Higher Ed Horizon Report Highlights Measuring Learning and Redesigning Spaces

The details have arrived: About four months after issuing a preview edition of the NMC Horizon Report for higher education, Educause has published the full report.

There's More to Student Advising Tech than Implementation

New technology for advising students won't work if it's not also implemented with updates in the advising structures and processes and professional development for the human advisers as they change their own practices. That's part of the bottom line in a new report from the Community College Research Center, based at Teachers College at Columbia University, and social policy researcher MDRC.

Education Attainment Genes Identified, but Power to Predict Outcomes Minimal

An enormous study has identified 1,271 genetic variants associated with education attainment among people with European ancestry. However, the international group of scientists that undertook the project warns that any kind of predictive power for education outcome suggested by the variants is minimal.

Girls with Impact Taking Apps for Next Round of Online Mini-MBA Courses

A nonprofit to help girls learn how to launch businesses, nonprofits and community projects that "impact" their world is taking applications for its online 2018-2019 program. The latest success story is a website developed by a 16-year-old to help kids understand deportation in case their families are at risk.

Library Project Analyzes Student Success in Community Colleges

An initiative intended to consider the redesign of library services has revealed some interesting findings about community college students, including the many ways they define college success and what holds them back from achieving it. The project is being undertaken by consultancy Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College, along with six other community college partners.

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