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Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks

Ed tech company Knewton has launched a collection of digital courseware that integrates its adaptive technology with open education resources, with the intention of selling directly to instructors and students. Previously, the company licensed its adaptive functionality to textbook publishers for integration with their course content. Under the new strategy, the company noted, it could own "all aspects of the user experience" and "make a greater impact on outcomes and affordability." Each title in the new line costs $44 for two years of digital access.

Azusa Pacific U Streamlines Financial Aid and Communication with Students

Students at Azusa Pacific University have a new tool to help them complete financial aid forms on time and communicate with administrators and counselors in the financial aid office. The school is using CampusLogic, a student financial services platform, to make it easier for students and families to complete the financial aid process, according to a news announcement.

Educators, Policymakers Say Problem Solving is Important, Not Emphasized in School

Nearly all educators and policymakers say that it's important for students to learn creative problem-solving skills in school, but approximately two-thirds say that current curricula do not emphasize creative problem solving enough, according to a new report out this week.

Report: Feds and States Need to Improve Data Efforts

Invest a penny of every federal dollar in evaluation. Appoint a chief evaluation officer. Fund programs based on post-graduation goals and publish employment outcomes by major. Create accurate graduation rates. Those are some of the recommendations proposed in two new reports from Results for America, a bipartisan nonprofit with a mission of persuading decision-makers in government to use data and evidence to address the biggest challenges. The reports urge government at all levels to improve measures of student success, to build and use evidence of what works and help colleges act on that information, and to put resources behind student success.

Chalk & Wire Launches Digital Credentialing Network

E-portfolio and assessment company Chalk and Wire today announced the launch of MyMantl, a learning recognition network that allows users to showcase their skills and credentials with verified digital badging.

Training Cuts Phishing Success

A new study by a security training company has found that even a few months of security awareness instruction can have a big impact on how well recipients respond to phishing attempts. In the education segment, specifically, KnowBe4 found that 27.16 percent of staff were "phishing-prone" — likely to open e-mails or click on files containing malware. After three months of training, the same people were 30 percent less likely to open such e-mail; and after a year, they were 88 percent less likely to do so.

Google Adds Security Features to G Suite for Education, Launches Enterprise EDU Edition

Google today took the wraps off new security features for its education productivity suite, G Suite for Education, which includes Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides and a range of other tools.

Purdue Initiative Taps Portfolium to Boost Students' Career Readiness

Purdue University is rolling out e-portfolio technology from Portfolium to its 40,000 students and 3,055 faculty members. The institution selected the platform to allow students to track, share and reflect on their learning and translate those achievements into better job placement and advancement opportunities.

State of Idaho Eyeing New Role to Consolidate Higher Ed Operations

The governor of Idaho has proposed establishing a new role of oversight for its state university system. The "Executive Officer" would oversee the streamlining of operations in IT, finance, HR and purchasing platforms, among other responsibilities. Governor Butch Otter said the new position was needed because current leadership wasn't enabling the system to adapt fast enough to the changing higher education landscape.

University Wins out over Faculty in Latest Dispute over Outsourced Online Programs

Attempts by the faculty union at Eastern Michigan University to fight a recent agreement the institution made with online education services provider Academic Partnerships have failed. But an independent mediator warned campus officials that the university had better limit AP's services to the confines of its contract. Otherwise, faculty and administration could well find themselves back in arbitration.

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