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CREDENTIAL WALLET. Graduates of Bow Valley College in Alberta, Canada can now carry vali- dated digital credentials with them anywhere, any time. The institution partnered with Terra- Hub Technologies, a software company focused on blockchain and artificial intelligence, to launch a mobile digital credential wallet based on the company’s Sync platform. Sync’s Creden- tial Wallet module allows the student/worker to share tamper-proof qualifications and education credentials (degrees, diplomas, accreditations and certificates) with employers in real time. READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE. BACK TO SCHOOL. A new systemwide initiative at Texas A&M University is working to help “sto- pouts” — students who have left school without completing a degree — return to college. The institution has partnered with ReUp Education, a startup that combines advanced analytics and hands-on coaching to identify, recruit and sup- port reentry for stopout students. “Providing a pathway to success for students who have stopped out of college is core to our land grant mission to serve the state of Texas,” explained Shonda Gibson, associate vice chancellor for the Texas A&M University System, in a statement. “Many of the students who have leave A&M leave because life happened. We’re committed to ensuring that students can still unlock the oppor- tunities afforded by a college degree. ReUp is uniquely focused on serving this student popula- tion, and is helping us to support these students from re-entry to graduation.” READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE. CLOUD ED. A new associate degree in cloud com- puting developed by the Dallas County Commu- nity College District Office (TX) and Amazon Web Services will be offered at every Texas com- munity college and technical school in spring 2020. The 60-credit-hour curriculum will utilize the AWS Educate platform and give students the opportunity to earn industry-recognized creden- tials that will help them get jobs as software engi- neers, software architects and data engineers. READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE. WHAT’S COLLEGE WORTH? The University of California, Irvine has begun tracking, surveying and analyzing of a group of undergraduate stu- dents to better understand the value of a col- lege education. The project has three research threads: Using data on students’ social activi- ties, housing, course enrollment, course perfor- mance and interactions with campus services and an advising software platform to gain a “holistic perspective” on student pathways through college; analyzing students’ behavior in Canvas to understand how often and to what extent students participate in discussions, when they are accessing and using course materials and when they are completing assignments; and assessing whether a student’s ability to “to think in rigorous, critical ways” is influenced by their college attendance. READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE. Photos L-R: Production Perig, Blue Planet Studio, Alex Oakenman/Shutterstock 6 CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY | Oct/Nov 2019 

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