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Schools Work to Thwart Textbook Price Barrier

A number of schools are turning to Cengage to come up with new ways to help their students gain more affordable access to their course materials. Recently, both Warren County Community College in New Jersey and the University of the Southwest in New Mexico said they would roll out the company's new unlimited subscriptions offering. At the same time, Missouri's Columbia College went public with news that it would work with the education media company to provide course materials to its students as part of a single tuition charge.

Google Fine-Tunes Education Offerings

In time for back-to-school season, Google has polished its education offerings. Changes include updates to Classroom, Google Docs, its virtual reality offerings and teacher training.

Round 1 of Federal Challenge Amasses Ideas to Reboot Higher Ed

With just a few days to go in the competition, nearly 80 detailed projects have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge."

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Aug. 6, 2018)

Upcoming events include SANS Network Security 2018, the 2018 C.C.U.M.C. Annual Conference, Construct3D and the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange.



Adaptive Science Courseware Wins Top Prize in NYU AI Competition

Foundations of Science, a set of tools that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide personalized support for students in college-level science courses, has taken the top prize in New York University's inaugural Algorithm for Change competition.

GitHub Doubles Inventory in Learning Lab

GitHub has released four new courses on its Learning Lab, an online learning hub intended for people "of all skill levels."

Student Teams Awarded $1 Million for Work on Hackathon Ideas

Student teams at six institutions of higher education are continuing work on innovative tech projects, each funded with a $140,000 sponsorship picked up in a series of FutureMakers Challenge competitions run by Siemens' Corporate Technology division.

Cybersecurity Education in CCs Gets ED Boost

To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. According to an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill, the money is to be spent on a pilot grant program to help the schools make their programs "state of the art."

ED Accepting Proposals for Consortium OER Pilots

The U.S. Department of Education has finally made a move on its efforts to fund development of open educational resources. The agency issued a notice this week inviting proposals for an "open textbooks pilot program" with an Aug. 29, 2018 deadline.

Flipped Learning Global Intros Lesson Planning Credential

The Certified Lesson Planning Specialist is a set of online courses designed for educators who want to see what flipped classes look like and hear from peers about the reasons for their instructional choices.

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