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Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a "strong predictor" of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with.

IBM Launches EdX Certificate Programs in Deep Learning and Chatbots

IBM is introducing two new Professional Certificate programs on the edX platform, focused on emerging tech in artificial intelligence: deep learning and chatbots.

Cloud Service Consolidates Extension Program Payments

A new cloud-based payment platform is intended to help adult programs and community groups accept and process payments from multiple systems and have them accessed through one interface. Students and families can pay directly through the organization's website and payments are tracked through a single dashboard on the school side of the transaction.

New Adaptive Chemistry Course Aims to Bridge STEM Achievement Gap

A new "smart course" from the Inspark Teaching Network, a global organization of educators and researchers devoted to advancing science teaching and learning, aims to help more students meet basic science education requirements and develop an interest in STEM fields.



Schools Work to Thwart Textbook Price Barrier

A number of schools are turning to Cengage to come up with new ways to help their students gain more affordable access to their course materials. Recently, both Warren County Community College in New Jersey and the University of the Southwest in New Mexico said they would roll out the company's new unlimited subscriptions offering. At the same time, Missouri's Columbia College went public with news that it would work with the education media company to provide course materials to its students as part of a single tuition charge.

Google Fine-Tunes Education Offerings

In time for back-to-school season, Google has polished its education offerings. Changes include updates to Classroom, Google Docs, its virtual reality offerings and teacher training.

Round 1 of Federal Challenge Amasses Ideas to Reboot Higher Ed

With just a few days to go in the competition, nearly 80 detailed projects have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge."

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Aug. 6, 2018)

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

Adaptive Science Courseware Wins Top Prize in NYU AI Competition

Foundations of Science, a set of tools that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide personalized support for students in college-level science courses, has taken the top prize in New York University's inaugural Algorithm for Change competition.

GitHub Doubles Inventory in Learning Lab

GitHub has released four new courses on its Learning Lab, an online learning hub intended for people "of all skill levels."

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