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U Nevada Reno Workshops Help Students Create VR Content

A university library in Nevada is hosting a set of immersion events that combine theory with practice. The University of Nevada, Reno has hosted virtual reality sessions for the last couple of years, ever since it opened @Reality, a 640-square-foot VR and augmented reality studio in the campus' Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center in 2017.

Colleges Get Lessons in Helping People Finish Their Degrees

A second cohort of colleges is undergoing an online program to learn how to help their students complete long-unfinished degrees. "Degrees When Due," an initiative run by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, includes a nine-month online learning experience with guided lessons in "implementing degree-reclamation strategies" and live coaching from expert practitioners.

Texas A&M System Using Analytics and Coaching to Help Students Return to School

A new systemwide initiative at Texas A&M University is working to help "stopouts" — students who have left school without completing a degree — return to college. The institution has partnered with ReUp Education, a startup that combines advanced analytics and hands-on coaching to identify, recruit and support reentry for stopout students

Coursera Brings Online Course Content to Campus

Coursera is expanding its portfolio as an online learning platform to work with colleges and universities on campus. Coursera for Campus provides universities with content that they can integrate into their curricula as credit eligible courses and supplemental learning.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Oct. 7, 2019)

Upcoming events include the Educause Annual Conference 2019, Spaces4Learning Summit, and A.C.M. S.I.G.U.C.C.S. Annual Conference.

Research: Learning Intent Should Determine Online Class Size

According to a recently published research project, large classes — those with 40 or more students — are best for "foundational and factual knowledge acquisition," and smaller enrollments — 15 or fewer students — are better for courses intended "to develop higher order thinking, mastery of complex knowledge and student skill development."

Analysis: Student Supports Enhance Impact of Micro-Internships

A Christensen Institute analysis has examined the value of "micro-internships" and suggested that pairing them with various student support approaches in higher education could make them even more valuable.

Eastern Conference Esports Grows to 57 Schools

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has grown to 57 esports member institutions, double the number the sports association had last year. The latest universities to join were Syracuse and Seton Hall. ECAC is an inter-collegiate organization that sponsors championships, leagues, bowl games, tournaments and other competitions throughout the country.

FASFA App Updates Improve Usability, Security

With seniors starting to apply for college, the U.S. Department of Education announced updates to the FASFA mobile app to make the process easier for students and parents.

New MIT Supercomputer Is Designed for AI

MIT's new TX-GAIA supercomputer combines nearly 100 Intel processors and 900 Nvidia GPU accelerators to create a system optimized for AI applications.

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