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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.

Senate Approves Bill to Reinstate Net Neutrality; House Action Less Likely

While the Federal Communications Commission has set a date for rescinding net neutrality — the rules by which internet service providers are expected to abide — a new resolution by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) aims to preserve the protections classifying the internet as a public utility.

Ohio CC Recognized for Student Success

Lorain County Community College's student success initiative is running on all cylinders. The Ohio institution was recently recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges for its progressive work in dual enrollment, degree completion and transfer.

Blackboard Intros Web Accessibility Checker

Blackboard today introduced Blackboard Ally for Web, a solution for assessing and improving the accessibility of institutions' websites. The tool expands on Blackboard's Ally product (launched last year), which focuses on the accessibility of course materials in learning management systems.

Most Pell Students 'Degreeless' After 6 Years

A new analysis of federal graduation rates among first-time, full-time Pell students in four-year institutions found that most schools are doing a crummy job of serving them. In fact, as the researchers wrote, "Low- and moderate-income students starting college for the first time currently have no better than a 50:50 shot of actually earning their degrees within six years of enrollment." The research project was undertaken by national think tank Third Way.

California CC Innovation Grants Tap Tech to Scale Student Success

Armed with innovation grants, Glendale Community College will be scaling up an automated system to help students with career guidance; Irvine Valley College will expand its pathways work with veterans; and College of the Redwoods will build up a program for incarcerated students. These three California institutions, as well as eight others, have been awarded grants ranging from $1 million to $3 million by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to help them grow programs with a track record for boosting student success.

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