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Marketplace trend update: 5 new developments for higher ed

Learn the latest industry advances with this recap of product news, reports, and research

Technology’s ever-changing nature means campus leaders must stay abreast of the latest trends, while at the same time keeping an eye on what’s to come.

From new programs that merge engineering and business management to platforms that offer a learning recognition network to track students’ accomplishments, technology is always enabling new developments in teaching and learning.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Sony’s Sony Research Program is an academic awards program giving North American universities funding for emerging and innovative technology research projects, and collaboration with Sony’s own research division. By fostering relationships with academic institutions, Sony aims to spearhead advanced research concepts and drive towards development, further demonstrating Sony’s vision of integrating creativity and innovation, through pioneering engineering. The program comprises two submission categories: Faculty Innovation Awards and the 2016 Focus Research Awards. Read more.

The nonprofit Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., opened applications for its 2017 scholarship programs. With the goal of awarding nearly $14 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships in 2017 to more than 1,800 students, the Association operates one of the largest privately funded, need-based scholarship programs in the country. Applications for national- and state-level scholarships are now being accepted through October 25, 2016. Read more.

A new undergraduate program that integrates the study of engineering and business launched today at the University of California, Berkeley. The Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology Program (M.E.T.) will be taught at Berkeley’s top-ranked Haas School of Business and College of Engineering. The M.E.T. Program is designed to give students a seamless understanding of technology innovation, preparing future leaders who will create real-world impact – be it at new start-ups, at social impact ventures or within established companies. Read more.

College Choice, a provider of college and university rankings and resources, has recently released its 2016 ranking for the Most Affordable Online MBA Programs. As the demand for a more educated business workforce grows, so too does the amount of universities and colleges that are bringing graduate business degrees online. College Choice has taken the time and done the research to ensure that working professionals who are looking for an affordable online MBA program find the best school for them from this new ranking. Read more.

As educational institutions and employers alike are moving away from macro-credentials, Chalk & Wire, a higher education assessment platform, unveiled MyMantl, a first-of-its-kind Learning Recognition Network. Available this fall, MyMantl will provide a way for learners, educators, employees, and employers to recognize and showcase a lifelong journey of learning. Learners will be able to track their academic and professional achievements and own their portfolio collections of learning, training, mentorship and digital credentialing. In addition to portfolios, MyMantl will offer digital badging tools, competency-based education program designers and job tools. Read more.

Laura Ascione

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