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Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Jan. 28, 2019)

Upcoming events include the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, E-Learning 2019, and Educause Learning Institute Annual Meeting 2019.

Christensen Institute: Now's the Time for a Makeover in College Accreditation

As a committee charged with rulemaking for the U.S. Department of Education dukes it out on accreditation matters in higher education, the Christensen Institute has weighed in with recommendations to keep innovation in mind.

Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."

Who Do We Trust to Develop and Manage AI?

An intriguing survey on American attitudes to artificial intelligence found that more people in this country support development of AI (41 percent) than oppose it (22 percent). But there's no consensus on who should handle its governance: Americans place the greatest amount of trust in university researchers to build AI (50 percent), followed by the U.S. military (49 percent). The research comes out of the Center for the Governance of AI in the Future of Humanity Institute, which is part of the University of Oxford.



Student Supports Boost CC Graduation Rates

Extra supports, both financial and academic, make a difference to community college graduation rates. That was the bottom line shared in a new brief from MDRC, which was hired to assess the "Accelerated Study in Associate Programs" project, which took place over three years in Ohio.

Adaptive Learning Tech Linked to Better Test Performance

Can adaptive technology help students encourage students to finish more assignments and do better on tests? That was the question researchers at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University were tasked with answering in a research project sponsored by Knewton. "Overall," the researchers reported, "Knewton appears to be a useful tool for students. This study suggests a positive correlation among usage of Knewton, assignment completion and performance on online assessments."

Negotiated Rulemaking Efforts Begin Tackling Accreditation and Innovation

A Washington, D.C. blizzard was bad enough to knock a day and a half off of the first three-day effort to dig into work on proposed regulations for federal student aid programs. The regulations, authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act, are being undertaken by a "negotiated rulemaking" committee that brings together various stakeholders to hammer out language that the U.S. Department of Education is expected to use for two regulatory areas: accreditation and innovation.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Jan. 21, 2019)

Upcoming events include the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, E-Learning 2019, and Educause Learning Institute Annual Meeting 2019.

Employers Want 'Uniquely Human Skills'

Although this may not always be true, today's employers are looking for job candidates with "uniquely human skills" — but students don't yet have those skills in sufficient quantity, according to a new survey. And soft skills currently rank more important than hard skills, the survey found.

U Michigan-Flint Taps Local Makerspace for Learning History

A Michigan institution is taking advantage of proximity to a local makerspace for student learning. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of History has purchased 15 passes for Factory Two, a facility a 10-minute walk from campus, that will allow students to go in and use the space's resources for their projects.

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