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Notre Dame expands online course offerings

The University of Notre Dame announced last week it’s selected the edtech company Everspring to expand its online course offerings. The university plans to develop a series of professional education courses for its Pulte Institute for Global Development. The courses will be included in a new digital certificate for students who complete coursework centered on the use of data for humanitarian and global development efforts. Colin Wood has more.

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Google expands its ed suite

Google last week announced a slew of upgrades to its digital education tools and a new line of Chromebooks designed to make virtual instruction easier for teachers and students during the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of blog posts on Wednesday, the company announced it will soon be releasing more than 40 new types of Chromebook, including some that convert to a tablet, some that come with a stylus, a touchscreen and an LTE option for students without Wi-Fi. The company’s Google Classroom platform, which saw its userbase grow from 40 million to 150 million last year, will soon enable teachers to add their favorite third-party edtech tools to a common folder so students can access multiple tools with a single log-in.   Ryan Johnston has more details.

Chris Webber to teach activism in sports on Coursera

The online learning platform Coursera announced on Wednesday it’s expanding course offerings at historically Black colleges and universities with a new class on civil rights and sports, taught by guest lecturer and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber. The “Activism in Sports and Culture” class is the first course offered by the all-male Morehouse College on the Coursera platform, and will explore how athletes, coaches and media personalities — historically and over the past year — have contributed to movements that shift public opinion on inequality and civil rights. Ryan has more.

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