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MIT Lab Seeks Collective Thinking on COVID-19

A new lab launched at MIT hopes to help people from around the world solve problems related to COVID-19.

EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to "solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace." Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content.  

Terra Dotta Developing Tech Tool to Manage Health and Safety in the Return to Campus

Terra Dotta is drawing upon its experience providing higher education travel, study abroad and international program management solutions to develop a new tool for mitigating health risks and monitoring student health as colleges and universities reopen their campuses.

Blackboard Expands Data Platform, Launches Retention Solution

Blackboard has introduced new capabilities in its Blackboard Data Platform, allowing users to access reports on learning tool usage across their institution. In a separate announcement, Blackboard also introduced Blackboard Retention Coaching Powered by Predictive Data, a student retention solution that combines predictive analytics from Blackboard Predict with personalized student success coaching.



Study Finds Evidence of COVID-19 Spread from Spring Breakers

A new study has tracked nationwide effects of spread of COVID-19 by college students returning from popular Spring break destinations.

Spelman College Changes Course, Moves to Virtual Instruction for All Students in the Fall

Just a few weeks after announcing a phased reopening plan for the fall semester that would have included both in-person and online instruction, Spelman College has made the decision to switch to an entirely online model.

Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm.

OpenTable Brings Reservation Service to Campus Dining Halls

Online reservation company OpenTable is making its service available to college and university dining facilities free of charge, to help institutions manage socially distanced dining on their campuses.

More Than Half of U Arizona's Fall Classes Will Have an In-Person Component

When the University of Arizona's fall semester begins on Aug. 24, instruction will be a mix of in-person and remote learning — with more than half of all classes including an in-person component.

New College Alliance Hopes to Connect Students with Experiential Learning

A new network of colleges and universities is working together to connect students and recent graduates to "meaningful experiential learning opportunities and projects contributed by alumni, families, corporate partners and supporters."