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Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

For all the talk of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics doing away with the human element in corporate life, well trained human beings are still an essential ingredient. In fact, if the current skills gap remains unplugged, by 2030 the world will see "tens of millions of unfilled jobs and trillions of dollars in unrealized revenue," according to a new study.

Columbia College Uses Ed Map to Roll Fees, Book Costs into Tuition

A Missouri college has signed with Ed Map to embed digital curriculum into its courses to make the expense invisible to students as part of a new tuition approach. Columbia College, a private nonprofit college in Columbia, announced the partnership for its adult education and online education divisions. All course materials will be part of the tuition students pay in those programs.

Emerald Release of D2L Updates Interface, Activity Feed, Analytics

D2L has updated its learning management system. The "Emerald Release" of Brightspace offers new analytics features, improvements to the user experience and functions to expedite use of the LMS by educators.

Age Helps Determine Tech Preference, but Gen X Comfortable with Old and New

Technologies such as typewriters, analog cameras and cassette tape players are fading from human awareness. A new report from YouGov, a consumer data firm, examined generational differences regarding technology and found that most Gen Zers — those born in this millennium — wouldn't know how to use a fax machine, rotary phone, floppy disk or beeper. For example, just 17 percent of young people said they were comfortable using a rotary phone; 15 percent said the same about fax machines; and just 7 percent said so about pagers.



Rice to Work with 2U on Launch of Online Business 'Short Courses'

Less than a year after Rice University in Houston announced plans to introduce a new online master of business administration with program management company 2U, the institution said it would work with the company to deliver master's-level "online short courses" in business and management as well. The first short course to be offered by Rice and 2U will be project management, expected to launch this fall.

A Million Ontario Students Get Access to Lynda.com Courses

All college students in one Canadian province will receive access to Lynda.com courses. The Ontario government has signed an agreement with LinkedIn, a Microsoft company that owns Lynda.com, to provide skills training through LinkedIn Learning that will help post-secondary students "prepare for the jobs of the future."

MIT Engineers Build VR System to Train Racer Drones

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a virtual reality environment to train drones to fly fast around obstacles. Dubbed "Flight Goggles," the software causes drones to "see" virtual obstacles in space that is actually clear of physical objects — giving drones a way to fail during flight training without being involved in repeated, time-consuming accidents.

Sony Adds 10-Inch Digital Paper Model

Sony today introduced a 10-inch version of its Digital Paper device. The new model is "notebook-sized," compared to the original 13-inch "letter-sized" model.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of May 21, 2018)

Upcoming events include the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, InfoComm 2018 and the W.C.E.T. Leadership Summit.

University of Washington Continuum College Launches Coding Boot Camp

A new coding boot camp from the University of Washington Continuum College is launching this July to provide working professionals with web development skills.

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