Education Technology News — Campus Technology

Top Hat Adds Communication and Community Tools

Active learning courseware platform Top Hat has introduced Slate, an integrated communication tool that enables course announcements, real-time discussions, project collaborations, peer connections, community building and more, all in one centralized hub.

Zoom Intros Home Videoconferencing Appliance

Zoom Video Communications has announced a new device specifically designed for home videoconferencing. But at least one analyst suspects the price may keep buyers at by. In mid-July Zoom announced it would be taking pre-orders for Zoom for Home, a dedicated appliance for allowing employees to meet and collaborate online. Currently, the device is available for pre-order.

EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.” Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content.  

Blackboard Expands Data Platform, Launches Retention Solution

Blackboard has introduced new capabilities in its Blackboard Data Platform, allowing users to access reports on learning tool usage across their institution. In a separate announcement, Blackboard also introduced Blackboard Retention Coaching Powered by Predictive Data, a student retention solution that combines predictive analytics from Blackboard Predict with personalized student success coaching.