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California colleges set 100% OER goals

Some California higher education institutions plan to shift away from textbooks toward open educational resources in the coming years, institution leaders from the Los Angeles area said during an online event Monday. Compton Community College District CEO Keith Curry said leaders plan to inch up to 85% to 100% of its courses using OER by 2035. Santa Clarita’s College of the Canyons, meanwhile, is aiming for a third of its courses to eliminate textbooks over the next two years, said James Glapa-Grossklag, one of the college’s deans. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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University of Akron pilots grid-monitoring garbage trucks

An ongoing research pilot at the University of Akron is boosting the resiliency the electrical grid in surrounding Akron, Ohio, and other nearby communities through an unusual source — data-collecting garbage trucks. J. Alexis De Abreu-Garcia, an electrical and computer engineering professor and lead researcher on the project, told StateScoop that the university is currently running a pilot program with the City of Akron and a Columbus firm called Exacter, which manufactures internet-connected sensors. The project involves gluing those devices to the top of garbage trucks to collect radio frequency data from telephone poles as sanitation workers drive their weekly routes. Ryan Johnston has more on StateScoop.

University of Kentucky reports breach

A breach at the University of Kentucky allowed unauthorized access to an online digital privacy and etiquette program called the “Digital Driver’s License,” a name that officials theorize may have put a target on the database. The program, offered through an open-source tool created and maintained in Kentucky’s College of Education, teaches students how to navigate the internet and provides online assessments of that knowledge. Emily has it.

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