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MOBILE ACCESSIBILITY. The University of California, San Diego
has become the first Aira-enabled univer- sity in the United States. Through Aira’s smartphone app, low-vision users can
tap a button to be put in touch with an Aira agent who serves as a visual inter- preter, helping navigate around campus
or read a blackboard. The university is offering free smartphone access to the accessibility technology for vision-impaired members of its entire campus community, including students, staff and faculty.
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BETTER ONLINE SUPPORT. A new self-evaluation tool from the Online Learn- ing Consortium measures the services and supports in place for online students. Developed out of a joint initiative with the State University System of Florida and the Florida College System, the OLC Quality Scorecard for Online Student Sup- port is designed to help identify gaps in services in 11 key areas: admissions; finan- cial aid; pre-enrollment advising; veterans
services; career counseling; orientation; post-enrollment services; library; students with disabilities services; technology sup- port; and graduate student services. Read the full story online.
exit the Moodle Certified Partner Program. Blackboard remains committed to provid- ing clients with the most mature and stable Moodle-based Software as a Service (SaaS) product in the market and will
form provides tools designed for widespread use of OER, including
a library of peer-reviewed content, customization tools, assessments, analytics for tracking student engage- ment and progress, LMS integration and models for financial sustainability, according to a news announcement. Read the full story online.4
CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY | October/November 2018
is rebranding its open source learning management system: The LMS formerly known as Moodlerooms will now be called Blackboard Open LMS. The company said it’s also “accelerating investment and development of the product.” According to a company statement, “The rebrand fol- lows Blackboard’s strategic decision to
continue to support the Moodle project.”
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GOING OPEN. Wheaton College, a private liberal arts college in Massa- chusetts, is rolling out open education resources across the campus thanks to a partnership with learning platform pan- Open. PanOpen’s open education plat-
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