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Microsoft Promotes Azure as Alternative to Physical Computer Labs

Microsoft is hoping to replace the concept of the physical computer lab on campus with its cloud-based version. The company already has DevTest Labs for test environments. Now it's promoting Azure Lab Services to enable a campus to set up an environment, provision Windows or Linux virtual machines, install the software and tools that are needed and make them available to users.

Microsoft Introduces edX-Based Cybersecurity Training Program

Microsoft has introduced a new series of open access courses on cybersecurity that can be taken for free or, for more formal recognition, as a certificate program for a fee. The Microsoft Professional Program Cybersecurity track includes 12 courses — 10 of which must be completed successfully to earn the certificate. The program is hosted on edX and includes labs, community interaction and quizzes. Content is delivered online through videos.

Facebook Intros Career Training Site

Facebook is launching Learn with Facebook, a career development site offering training, tools and resources aimed at helping people access new job opportunities.

Cal State University Taps Tech to Boost Enrollment

In an effort to lift recruitment and enrollment efforts, California State University, Dominguez Hills is expanding its relationship with enrollment marketing provider Liaison International.



Blackboard Pushes Ultra Experience Forward

Education technology company Blackboard has introduced enhancements to the Ultra Experience version of Blackboard Learn, its learning management system, including integration with Ally, an accessibility checklist tool.

AV Company Intros New 'Drop-in' Classroom Systems

TEKVOX has announced digital switching hardware intended to reduce the cost of equipping a classroom with remote management, asset tracking, support and maintenance.

Developing Citizen Science Projects to Help People Learn

A draft report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines citizen science, the concept that non-scientists can perform research that pushes scientific knowledge ahead. In the process, participants can learn scientific practices and content, but "only if the projects are designed to support learning."

New Remote Recorder Integrates with Panopto Video Software

The appliance was purpose-built to work with Panopto software for live streaming and video recording.

Liberty U Upgrades Network, Stadium in Move to NCAA Division I

Virginia's Liberty University has updated its stadium network infrastructure as part of an overall remodel undertaken as part of its decision to move its football team into a new NCAA division for the start of the 2019 season.

New 'Social Good' Google Program Offers Funding for AI, Machine Learning Projects

Google has set aside a $25 million pool to fund research work by schools and other organizations using machine learning for "social good."

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