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Higher Ed Tends to Give Innovation More Lip Service than Formal Backing

Should higher education institutions invest money in their innovation efforts? Most colleges don't seem to think so. A survey among U.S. academic administrators found that while 91 percent of institutions reference innovation in their strategic or academic plans, just 40 percent have a dedicated budget for innovation. According to "The State of Innovation in Higher Education," a report from the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House, without earmarked funds to support innovation efforts, formal planning goals backing innovation may not succeed.

Credly Buys Pearson Badging Business

Two well-known digital badging companies are merging. Credly recently announced that it had acquired Pearson's Acclaim badging business, to establish a "comprehensive solution suite for skill recognition, credential verification and talent management." In return, Pearson will gain a minority equity stake in Credly and a Pearson vice president will join the company's board of directors.

Study Finds Flipped Classroom Model Does Not Improve Grades in Health Science Course

A study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that in a health science course following the flipped classroom model, there was no statistically significant differences in test scores or students' assessments of their course, compared to a traditional lecture course.

New Virginia Law Mandates Creation of OER Guidelines

A new Virginia law mandates creation of guidelines for open educational resources at colleges and universities. H.B. 454 requires the governing boards of public institutions to implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost O.E.R. in their courses offered at such institution. However, while the policies and procedures are required, no instructor would be forced to use O.E.R. The guidelines can also address the use of "low-cost commercially published materials."



Report: 7 in 10 Attempted Data Breaches in Education Are Financially Motivated

One in five attacks on educational institution were motivated by espionage, often targeting sensitive research, and 11 percent of attacks are "just for fun," according to the report.

Purdue to Embed Data Science into Every Major

Recognizing that data science is becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century, Purdue University has kicked off a new initiative to embed it in courses, physical spaces and industry collaborations. According to campus officials, the new Integrative Data Science Initiative will make data science education a part of every student's learning experiences on campus, no matter what field he or she is studying.

University System of Maryland Developing Digital Badges for Career Readiness

This summer, five institutions within the University System of Maryland will begin piloting digital badges to help students validate and communicate their career-ready skills. The system is deploying Portfolium's BadgeLink digital badging and learning pathways platform as part of its Badging Essential Skills for Transitions initiative, which will award eight badges aligned with competencies developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, globalism, inter-culturalism, leadership, problem solving and professionalism.

Report: It's Time for Ed Tech to Tackle the Adult Learner

Adult learners face a diversity of circumstances, so educators face an uphill battle in being able to personalize learning experiences in ways that could help their students. But technology could play a role.

New Education Marketplace Development Funded by Crypto Coins

Crypto currency is funding development of ODEM, an "on-demand" education marketplace with aspirations of replacing or supplementing a college education. ODEM, which deals in digital tokens on several crypto-currency trading platforms, recently announced completion of its "crowdsale," selling more than 100 million ODEM tokens, equivalent to about $9.6 million at the current trading rate. The company said the proceeds will be used to fund on-going development of a blockchain-based service that brings students, instructors and other professionals together online to buy and sell education.

U Michigan Begins Construction on Dedicated Robotics Facility

The University of Michigan has begun construction of a new robotics building that will house classrooms, offices, purpose-built labs and an open collaboration space. Dubbed the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, the 140,000-square-foot, four-story facility is slated for completion in early 2020 and will also feature a three-story area for flying aerial robots and drones, garage space for self-driving cars, an outdoor obstacle course for walking robots, and space dedicated to rehabilitation and recovery robots such as prosthetics and exoskeletons.

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