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07/20/2021
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Blackboard launches research center

Blackboard is tapping employees and recruiting a class of faculty and policy fellows for a research center that will address education policy and produce analysis, the company announced Tuesday. The company’s new Center for Advancing Learning will address what Blackboard deems to be top priorities for the education community, its director, Darcy Hardy, told EdScoop. Initially, these will include supporting historically Black colleges and universities and community colleges, exploring accessibility and discussing online program management alternatives, according to the announcement. Emily Bamforth has the details.


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Sewanee enables students to remotely use educational software

At the University of the South, students can go through a storefront similar to Apple’s App Store to access college-licensed software, but on their own device rather than in an in-person computer lab. Students often need to visit computers on campus to use software for classes, like computer-assisted design software, that require expensive licenses and high-powered computers. Through AppsAnywhere, students can log on through a portal to access software remotely. At Sewanee, more than 90% of students use Mac devices, Sells said, but the AppsAnywhere software also allows for Mac users to access Windows software. Emily has it.


Ellucian expands edtech platform internationally

The edtech firm Ellucian is expanding its single sign-on and software development platform, Experience, internationally following a domestic launch in April, the company announced last week. Ellucian Experience is a digital hub that allows college students to access their grades, connect with advisers and manage financial aid. It’s also extendable via modules that can be created by the other edtech companies Ellucian works with. It’s designed to be used by everybody “from the president to the student” on campus, according to the company, and has been adopted by more than 160 institutions in the U.S. Ryan Johnston has more.


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