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The University of Texas Libraries has taken the first step to institute an open access policy for staff at The University of Texas at Austin. A modest plan to induce Libraries staff to deposit articles and conference papers into Texas ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository, was recently approved by Provost Maurie McInnis. The policy applies only to UT Libraries staff, and is non-exclusive meaning that staff are free to continue submitting work to outside publishing organizations in tandem with submissions to the local repository. It is immediately effective and does not apply to previously published or authored materials. Read more.

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, announced the historic Morgan State University has deployed its ”Next Generation Network” using Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology. With ALE and channel partner Magothy Technology, Morgan State has built a campus-wide data and voice network that takes its high regard for academics, culture and tradition into the future. Read more.

McGraw-Hill Education and Cleveland Clinic announced the development of a new Internal Medicine course for its advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) that uses adaptive learning software. The course is part of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to enhance medical education by incorporating the latest advances in learning technology. Initially, the adaptive learning software will be used in an Internal Medicine course in Cleveland Clinic’s Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) and Physician Assistant (PA) Fellowship beginning in January 2017. It is the first in a series of new courses that the Cleveland Clinic intends to roll out over the coming two years. Read more.

Smart Sparrow announced the release of a digital library of simulations and other course activities that will enable faculty and instructional designers to quickly and easily incorporate interactive and engaging learning components into their online courses. Designed to maximize pedagogical control for faculty, Smart Sparrow’s instructional design platform now incorporates the library of over 30 learning components — from common widgets such as Drag-and-Drop and Question Banks all the way to advanced 3D simulations — to help instructors easily design engaging courses. Read more.

Laura Ascione