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How best can the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invest billions in personalized learning?

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Experts weigh in on what the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative needs to do to put the Facebook founder's billions of dollars toward expanding the use of personalized learning.

Colleges move to digital transcripts managed by outside firms

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Use of e-transcripts catches on, opening the door to new uses for the student record.

Market forecast predicts major growth within LMS industry

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A new market forecast suggests learning management systems won't just survive for another five years -- they'll thrive.

As colleges prepare for major software upgrades, Kuali tries to woo them from from corporate vendors

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As colleges replace aging campus management software, billions will be spent. Can open-source Kuali save money, and gain traction against corporate competitors?

U.S. call for advice on publicly funded research reignites open access debates

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White House solicitation about the government's role in making federally funded research available to the public rekindles debate over open access.

Universities look to get discounts on e-textbooks for students

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Universities have started banding together to negotiate favorable contracts with software vendors. With new effort, a group of them aims to exercise similar leverage with publishers on behalf of students.

Data analytics programs taking off at colleges

Colleges are working to meet demand for big data analysis with burgeoning degree and non-degree programs.

Smaller institutions report increase in personalized phishing attempts

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Smaller institutions report an increase in sophisticated attempts to gain access to financial and personal information.

Canadian College Is Victim of 'Cyberterrorism' Attack

A Canadian university has become the victim of an ongoing cyberterrorism attack, CBC News reported.

As of Friday, the University of Moncton had received nine “degrading and unwanted” emails from an unknown sender, according to the university’s president and vice chancellor, Raymond Théberge. The emails were sent out campuswide and reached about 2,000 students and staff.

The emails, which began arriving a little over a week ago, target a single female student in what some university officials are calling “revenge porn.” The emails include sexually explicit images.

Officials don’t believe university data or personal information have been compromised at any point, and their IT department is working to intercept new emails from the sender.

Some students at the University of Moncton asked that the campus email system be cut off until the perpetrator was found and held accountable. But Théberge said that would affect the institution’s nearly 4,000 students and would give the cyberattacker what he or she wants.

“If we were to freeze all emails, it will mean the perpetrator will have succeeded in stopping us from operating,” Théberge said. “This is a type of cyberterrorism, and it’s never a good thing to give in to these kinds of attacks.”

Police believe they have uncovered the identity of the culprit, but they have not yet found the person. One of the two servers they are following is connected with an IP address in Europe.

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Pulse podcast features interview about Memorang

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This month’s edition of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Yermie Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Memorang, a free digital study tool for students.

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