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Partnership Brings Robots to Community College and Local Businesses

Central New Mexico Community College has partnered with a local startup to help bring collaborative robots, or cobots, to businesses in the area. Cobots are designed to work with human beings on a range of repetitive or dangerous tasks, such as screw driving, painting or manufacturing tasks. The devices are also designed to be relatively inexpensive and to be repurposed from one task to another without complicated coding.

Detachables on the Rise Despite Tablet Market Downturn

Tablet sales fell to 31.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, an 11.7 percent drop compared to the same period in 2017, according to a new report from International Data Corp. Detachable tablets were a bright spot in the category, showing a year-over-year improvement of 2.9 percent and a 15.3 percent market share. Sales of traditional tablets, on the other hand, were down more than the market overall, having fallen 13.9 percent below sales for 2017's first quarter.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of May 7, 2018)

Upcoming events include SANS Security West 2018, the Learning Impact Leadership Institute and the NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.

New Report Examines, Advises on Higher Ed Trends

U.S.-based advisory, tax and audit firm Grant Thornton has issued its seventh annual report on "the state of higher education." Among its many topics of interest: preparing for social media risks, building quality into IT systems, outsourcing via a shared services consortium and preparing for disruption. The report's articles, which include general guidance, are developed by its practitioners working in the field at 200 colleges and universities on new projects and programs.



'Practitioner Packet' Offers Maps for CC Pathways

As of this spring, about 250 community colleges around the country have joined the movement to develop "guided pathways" as part of accelerating student success. Now, those schools and others have a new set of openly available resources from the Community College Research Center to get a broader view of approaches, what's succeeding and how to measure the effectiveness of their efforts.

To Reduce Achievement Gap, Improve Completion Rates for Part-Time Students

Reducing the achievement gap at community colleges among part-time students is key to reducing the overall gap, according to a new report from E.A.B. "There's a huge opportunity here to advance equity in education if we can provide better support to part-time students," said Christina Hubbard, director of strategic research at EAB, in a prepared statement. "And while many of the advances in community college student success have been focused on full-time students, we see some progressive institutions molding those practices to serve the unique needs of part-timers."

Mobile Platforms OOHLALA and DubLabs Merge

OOHLALA Mobile and DubLabs, both mobile platforms for student engagement and communication, have merged. The combined company will be able to offer higher education institutions "more system integrations, better student communication tools, and smart data analytics to help improve student engagement, communication and success," according to a news announcement.

Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support

The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so.

Texas A&M PE Courses Go Digital

The Physical Education Activity Program at Texas A&M University is incorporating digital textbooks to help engage students and prepare them for class activities. The course materials were created by Skyepack, a digital publishing company specializing in custom learning content that can be updated and adjusted on the fly.

College Using Mobile App to Boost Recruiting

A small private institution in New York is using mobile to better communicate with students and keep them engaged with campus events. St. Francis College partnered with Modo Labs to create a mobile app that personalizes the user experience for different student populations. For instance, the college is catering to prospective students with modules for Open House and Accepted Students Day, and already seeing an increase in online applications, according to a news release.

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