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Michigan Tech Prof Posts 3D Printing Course to Wikiversity

The course is built around a set of "progressively more challenging exercises" intended to teach students how to work with free 3D design tools OpenSCAD, FreeCAD and Blender, "so they can solve just about any 3D printing design challenges."

McGraw-Hill Upgrades Adaptive Learning Engine

McGraw-Hill Education today announced SmartBook 2.0, an update to the adaptive learning engine for its Connect learning platform.

Free Templates Help Clear Obstacles to Educational Research

Two universities have shared free tools to help reduce the obstacles involved in conducting ethical educational research. Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University have both created templates that others can use when they want to study students as part of research work involving teaching practices.

Reverse Career Fair Puts Student Projects on Display

Instead of students wandering around a hall introducing themselves to potential employers that were showing off their companies, the employers did the moving and introduced themselves to engineering students who were displaying their maker projects.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Feb. 25, 2019)

Upcoming events include South by Southwest E.D.U. 2019, Open ed X 2019, and Digital Signage Expo 2019.

Technology for Student Support Abounds, but Implementation Remains an Obstacle

Some 200 companies sell technologies and services intended to help colleges and universities with their student support work, which has become a $560 million business. Yet colleges and universities still have obstacles to overcome in implementing and integrating student support systems, according to a study undertaken by Tyton Partners.

Rural Libraries Hosting Movable Makerspaces

The Nebraska Library Commission is using a $531,000 grant to purchase "mobile" maker labs and spread them into rural communities.

Racial STEM Gaps Shrink When Faculty Buy into Growth Mindsets

When college instructors believe intelligence is unchangeable, students are "demotivated" and have more negative experiences in class. These findings from a recent research project suggest that faculty who believe some students have strong, innate intellectual abilities will produce the very outcomes that support their biases, particularly in underrepresented students. The research was undertaken by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington and published in the journal Science Advances.

Online Learning a Top Challenge for Community College Students

In a recent survey, community college students cited online learning as one of their top five challenges to success. Conducted by researchers from North Carolina State University, the Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges Survey polled 50,097 students at 10 community colleges across the United States on the challenges they face in five areas: academic support services; campus environment; finances and financial aid; succeeding in their courses; and work and personal issues.

University Connects 3 Sites with AV for Remote, Connected Learning

Australia's University of Southern Queensland is connecting students across three campuses with a digital media distribution system that allows students and staff to connect from desktops, laptops and mobile devices and use a consolidated user interface to control any of the linked devices.

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