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'Practitioner Packet' Offers Maps for CC Pathways

As of this spring, about 250 community colleges around the country have joined the movement to develop "guided pathways" as part of accelerating student success. Now, those schools and others have a new set of openly available resources from the Community College Research Center to get a broader view of approaches, what's succeeding and how to measure the effectiveness of their efforts.

To Reduce Achievement Gap, Improve Completion Rates for Part-Time Students

Reducing the achievement gap at community colleges among part-time students is key to reducing the overall gap, according to a new report from E.A.B. "There's a huge opportunity here to advance equity in education if we can provide better support to part-time students," said Christina Hubbard, director of strategic research at EAB, in a prepared statement. "And while many of the advances in community college student success have been focused on full-time students, we see some progressive institutions molding those practices to serve the unique needs of part-timers."

Mobile Platforms OOHLALA and DubLabs Merge

OOHLALA Mobile and DubLabs, both mobile platforms for student engagement and communication, have merged. The combined company will be able to offer higher education institutions "more system integrations, better student communication tools, and smart data analytics to help improve student engagement, communication and success," according to a news announcement.

Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support

The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so.



Texas A&M PE Courses Go Digital

The Physical Education Activity Program at Texas A&M University is incorporating digital textbooks to help engage students and prepare them for class activities. The course materials were created by Skyepack, a digital publishing company specializing in custom learning content that can be updated and adjusted on the fly.

College Using Mobile App to Boost Recruiting

A small private institution in New York is using mobile to better communicate with students and keep them engaged with campus events. St. Francis College partnered with Modo Labs to create a mobile app that personalizes the user experience for different student populations. For instance, the college is catering to prospective students with modules for Open House and Accepted Students Day, and already seeing an increase in online applications, according to a news release.

Carnegie Mellon's Bento Browser Organizes Complex Mobile Searches

A new mobile browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University offers a better search experience for people doing complex searches across multiple websites. The app offers the promise of replacing the overwhelming tab management required by iPhone's default Safari browser. The Bento browser, as it's called, compartmentalizes search sessions into a project workspace structure.

26,000 Malicious Apps Use Facebook APIs

The mop-up work for Facebook in the wake of its privacy reform could take much longer than we might expect.

Free Digital Badge Toolkit Helps Students Show Off Their 21st Century Skills

A nonprofit that tests out new models of education and credentials has launched a free digital badge toolkit. The goal: to help schools outfit students with the skills employers are seeking. Education Design Lab's 21st century skills badge program covers eight microcredentials as well as facilitation tools. The badges are intended to be used on students' LinkedIn accounts, resumes and e-portfolios.

Universities in Pittsburgh and Paris to Host New AI R&D Centers

Two institutions, one in the United States and the other in France, have announced partnerships with industry to accelerate their research and development work in the area of artificial intelligence. Carnegie Mellon University has teamed up with Sony Corporation of America to collaborate on AI and robotics in the areas of cooking and delivery, and the École Polytechnique in Paris is working with Google France to fund a new academic and research chair in AI. The goal of that position is to attract AI talent to the institution and begin programs of training for students in the field.

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