One-stop shopping for (free) virtual reality content

Drexel University wants its instructors to take full advantage of virtual and augmented reality technology in their classrooms. The Philadelphia institution’s new repository of VR and AR content aims to make that easier than ever. The online database, unveiled last month and set to be distributed this fall among Drexel instructors in the institution’s Blackboard interface,…

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Online course creation for dummies

Smart campus efforts take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain efficiencies from automation and analytics, often starting with building systems and energy usage. Creating an online course requires time, patience, ingenuity — and, often, technical expertise beyond the grasp of many instructors accustomed to teaching primarily face-to-face. Developers at Pennsylvania State University’s…

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Grappling with IoT growth on campus

Smart campus efforts take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain efficiencies from automation and analytics, often starting with building systems and energy usage. But as IoT efforts expand to other parts of the university, including student success, some universities are experiencing growing pains working across disciplines to gather and analyze so much…

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edX begins testing a paywall

MOOC provider edX will be moving away from its current model of offering almost everything free. The nonprofit announced last month that the decision was intended to help it and its partners “achieve sustainability.” The first charge to be introduced is a “modest” support fee, according to a blog post on the change. The massive open online course…

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