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College Credit MOOCs that Are Still Free to Access

Class Central recently made a list of all the courses it could locate that are part of for-credit programs and are still free to access. There are 370 of them, according to the company, which operates an online MOOC search engine and curates a MOOC catalog. The search found offerings from 49 different universities, with subjects "spanning technology, business, the arts and engineering."

Northern Virginia CC Partners with AWS for Cloud Degree Offering

This fall, Northern Virginia Community College will offer a Cloud Computing specialization for its Information Systems Technology associate of applied science degree. The college worked with Amazon Web Services' A.W.S. Educate program to create the new degree offering, which is "designed to address one of the most pressing skill-demands in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and the nation," according to a news announcement.

AI Organizations Working to Expand AI Talent Pipeline

H2O.ai, an artificial-intelligence platform producer, is partnering with AI4ALL, an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI and to educate future AI workers about how it can be a force for social good. The goal: to democratize AI.

Two-Thirds of Online Students Do Some Coursework on a Mobile Device

In a survey of 1,500 "past, present and prospective fully online students," most are taking advantage of — or want — the option to use smartphones or tablets for their class work. Among current and past students, 67 percent completed at least some of their online coursework on a mobile device. The research was conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.



Google Adds Instant Access to College Data on Search

Google is expediting access to details about college when somebody looks up a specific institution in the search engine. When a user enters a college name, he or she will receive the usual capsule description from Wikipedia, as well as a menu with quick links to information about admissions, cost, majors, outcomes and other aspects and other stats.

Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

In a survey of 1,500 online students, most considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. The survey was conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of June 18, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Institute, T.D.W.I. Anaheim Conference, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference and SANS Network Security 2018.

California Community Colleges Publish Makerspace Startup Guide

A new resource from the California Community Colleges provides a step-by-step guide to building makerspaces on campus, from initial planning stages to facility design, pilot programs and community outreach. The free Makerspace Startup Guide comes out of the C.C.C. Maker initiative, a project funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office, Workforce and Economic Division.

New 'Flex Video Wall' Software Supports Changing Standards

Next month Black Box will begin shipping its new Radian Flex Video Wall software. The company said the platform is "infinitely upgradeable" and provides "unlimited" resolution and screen outputs.

First Cohorts Graduate in California Community Colleges Baccalaureate Pilot

A pilot program formed in 2014 in California's community colleges just came to fruition when 135 students around the state graduated with bachelor's degrees from their two-year schools. The program's intent: to meet workforce needs where they're not duplicated at the state's public universities.

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