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Department of Ed Releases App Process for Open Textbook Pilot Grants

A federal higher education open textbook pilot program is kicking off after a public-comment period that ended in April. The U.S. Department of Education recently published details about how to apply for funding in the Federal Register. Consortia of colleges and universities are being invited to develop programs to produce open educational resources under grants that will range in size from $500,000 to $2 million.

Half of Faculty 'Strongly' Agree They're Ready for Online Classes this Fall

Faculty feel ready to teach online this fall, either partially or fully. In a recent survey produced by Bay View Analytics in partnership with four online learning organizations and underwritten by Cengage, 49 percent "strongly" agreed that they're prepared, while 35 percent said they "somewhat" agreed.

MassBay CC Doubles Use of OER

A community college in Massachusetts reported that it has doubled the use of free or open educational resources over the last year. Seventy-four courses at Massachusetts Bay Community College have adopted OER as way to make classes more affordable.

OpenStax to Double Its Textbook Library

Rice University's OpenStax open educational resources initiative has announced plans to grow its library of free textbooks from its current selection of 42 books to nearly 90 titles.



Albany State U Extends Counseling Reach with Online Help

A university in Georgia will be using an external counseling staff to supplement the work of its own crew. Albany State University has signed with META, a company that produces an app to help students connect with therapists for non-emergency purposes.

13 Schools Join New IBM HBCU Quantum Center Program

Thirteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities have signed on with IBM to participate in a new IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, which will give the institutions access to quantum computers and provide academic opportunities for students.

CT Virtual Summit to Consider Impact of the Remote Campus Experience

As colleges and universities navigate the ever-shifting challenges of higher education's "new normal," they are also looking ahead: How can the lessons learned from the pandemic redefine teaching and learning moving forward? On Oct 20, the Campus Technology Distance Learning Summit will convene education and IT leaders to share their ideas, experiences and outlook for the future.

U.S. Department of Ed Workforce Prep Grants Go to 8 States

The U.S. Department of Education is funding efforts in eight states to provide students with opportunities to develop new skills in high-demand areas. The $126 million in grants awarded to winners of the Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program came out of the Education Stabilization Fund portion of the CARES Act.

Campus Adopts Mobile App to Accommodate Campus Dining

Fairleigh Dickinson University has rolled out an app that allows students and others to put in their orders at campus dining options before they arrive to pick up their food.

SUNY Opens Esports Play Systemwide

The State University of New York is working with Extreme Networks to launch a systemwide esports league. The goal: to promote "safe competition, connection and camaraderie" among students at SUNY's 64 campuses, while they're being encouraged to physically distance from each other.