This Week In Review – September 17th to September 23rd


Chinese University Tests Facial Recognition System to Monitor Attendance and Students’ Attention to Lectures

China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing decided to set up cameras equipped with facial recognition software at the entrances to their dormitory buildings, library, labs as well as some classrooms. This pilot project is controversial and it has raised concerns from a House Intelligence Committee regarding China's use of surveillance technology to control its population.

"The school is taking action to cut down on students skipping class, leaving classes early, paying for a substitute to attend classes for them and not listening in class,” says Xu Jianzhen, director of the university's library and information centre.

Source: Newsweek

Learning Analytics & Mobile Platform - Middlesex University

Middlesex University Selects Solutionpath and Ex Libris campusM to Deliver Classroom Attendance and Engagement Solution

Middlesex University has chosen Solutionpath StREAM learning analytics platform and Ex Libris campusM mobile app to provide their students with learning analytics and attendance solutions. Going live in September 2019, the combined Solutionpath-Ex Libris offering will provide a comprehensive system where one system will draw data from the other system. This shall “[…] creat[e] a seamless experience for our students as well as enabling us to address multiple challenges," said Ian O'Donnell of Middlesex University.

Source: Library Technology Guide

Textbooks - Houston Community College System

Houston Community College System Partners With panOpen To Expand OER Usage Across All Campuses

In order to expand the use of Open Educational Resources, Houston Community College System (HCCS) announced a partnership with panOpen. The panOpen platform will offer robust, supported tools so that faculty may easily customize and share their course material.

With what is called their “Z-Degree” or “zero cost textbook” program, HCCS will enable thousands of students to enroll in courses with no additional textbook cost. Consisting of three core components, the partnership between HCCS and panOpen will allow faculty to fully engage in this program and thus make it a truly distributed network of content production, collaboration, and use.

Source: Cision PRWeb

Justin Menard