July 30, 2021
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Textbook sales at SUNY Poly will only happen online
Physical bookstores at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will soon be shuttered as the school transitions to an online-only platform for textbook sales. Students appear to be ready for the change, says SUNY Poly's John Reale, who notes, "They're welcoming it because they felt like the current way we were doing books was a little bit out of date."
Full Story: AV Network/EdScoop (7/30) 
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Class Technologies, a startup that develops tools to help facilitate training and education on video communication platform Zoom, raised $105 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, which gave it a post-money valuation of $804 million. Much of the new capital will be used to fund international expansion.
Full Story: Reuters (7/28),  TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (7/28) 
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Remote law exams returned this week in several jurisdictions, bringing the expected amount of angst related to screen freezes and other technical glitches. The company administering the tests, ExamSoft, says it is working with individuals who experienced difficulties, and there's good news for those worried about technical issues: The National Conference of Bar Examiners says its February exam in 2022 will be administered only in person.
Full Story: Legaltech News (7/28) 
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Construction of the University of Michigan-Flint's new $29.5 million Murchie Science Building has been completed. The 61,000-square-foot building will house the university's growing STEM program with an immersive learning environment, classrooms and labs.
Full Story: Building Design + Construction (free registration) (7/27) 
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Having worked with AV technology for most of his professional career, Mike Roberts, director of technology at Utica College, recognized the necessity for a first-rate microphone upgrade in the institution's Donahue Auditorium lecture hall which would provide complete audio coverage for both instructors and students alike.
Full Story: Sound & Video Contractor (7/29) 
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