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Blockcerts Updates Open Source Blockchain Architecture

Learning Machine announced updates to the Blockcerts open source project to enable native support for records issuance and verification using bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains.

Report: Evidence Lacking on Value of CTE Investments

A new report has examined whether career and technical education (CTE) deserves all the attention it's getting. The jury's still out.

Gartner: Immersive Experiences Among Top Tech Trends for 2019

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Oct. 22, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Educause Annual Conference, T.D.W.I. Orlando Conference, Blockchain in Education East and O.L.C. Accelerate 2018.



Online Programs in Continuing Higher Ed Struggle to Retain Students, Find Faculty

Even as online enrollments continued growing (3 percent last year) while overall higher education enrollments fell, a new survey among deans and directors has uncovered a "mismatch" between the online programs they help deliver and student preferences. These kinds of disconnects, according to a report on the findings, result in "mass-market opportunities that are being lost" by the institutions. The project was undertaken by the Association for Continuing Higher Education and Learning House.

Research Project to Explore Role of Libraries and Student Support Services in CCs

Starting in November, a research firm will begin the first survey in a series intended to help community college library leaders, chief academic officers and others learn about the barriers their students run into as they attempt to access the library or other support services. Thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Ithaka S+R will undertake the study to help two-year colleges improve their institutional practices and raise their success rate.

McGraw-Hill Education Adding Audio and Video Capture to Digital Course Materials

Several of McGraw-Hill Education's digital course materials will now feature embedded audio- and video-capture capabilities from video platform GoReact.

Partnership Melds Liberal Arts Education with Workforce Training

A new initiative at Trinity College is tasked with preparing students for the digital workplace of the future. The college has partnered with Infosys, a provider of consulting, technology and next-generation services, to establish the Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative.

ED Grant Allows UC Davis to Lead Expansion of Open Textbooks

A $4.9 million grant will enable the University of California, Davis and a consortium of other institutions to build out a set of open textbooks intended for chemistry and career and technical education courses. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education awarded the four-year grant as part of an open textbooks pilot program, which was funded by Congress as part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill.

USC Accelerator Seeks Ed Tech Innovators

Could Southern California become the Silicon Valley of education technology? That's the hope of a new initiative at the University of Southern California that brings together its Rossier School of Education and its Center for Engineering in Education to launch an incubator focused on improving the quality and equity of education.

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