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Coursera Machine Learning Tool Matches On-Campus Courses with MOOC Resources

Coursera has introduced a new tool that helps universities identify courses on the company's online learning platform that most closely match their on-campus offerings.

University Expands Chatbot Use to Handle Students' Coronavirus Questions

Lamar University in Texas is using a chatbot to help share information with students during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Johns Hopkins Tracking Map Delves Deeper into U.S. COVID-19 Data

Johns Hopkins University has launched a United States-specific COVID-19 tracking map with comprehensive county- and state-level data.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of April 13, 2020)

Upcoming events include the STEAM Week 2020, OLC Ideate, and the Campus Technology Distance Learning Summit.



Rice Converts Summer School to All-Online Delivery

To take advantage of the momentum created by a quick switch from face-to-face courses to online version, one Texas university is ramping up plans for a major online summer session too. Rice University, which switched to distance learning in March in response to coronavirus, has decided to offer all of its summer courses online.

Google Classroom Tops Education App Downloads

A new analysis by App Annie has found that mobile education applications have experienced a 90 percent increase in weekly downloads usage worldwide between the last three months of 2019 and the first three months of 2020.

Call for Code Global Challenge Addresses COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19 is part of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge, run by the Clinton Global Initiative University and IBM. The challenge is a global program to entice students, developers and other problem solvers with both technical and non-technical backgrounds to create practical applications that use cloud, data and artificial intelligence and can make an "immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues."

Johns Hopkins Measures Social Distancing by Twitter Use

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have turned to Twitter data to find out whether social distancing recommendations are having an effect in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Online Course to Help Fast-Track 3D Printing Skills

State University of New York Canton Professor Matthew Burnett has been making face shield components to help medical staff protect themselves against COVID-19 as they deal with a deluge of patients in that state. To build capacity and expertise out in the wider world, Burnett has begun offering free weekly instruction via Zoom for those who are interested in 3D modeling and printing.

App Shows What 6 Feet Away Looks Like

Two education organizations have created a free Apple iOS app to help demonstrate how far to stay away from other people to practice safe physical distancing. The program, "Social Distancing Trainer," was produced by Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance. The app uses augmented reality to get the idea across.

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