KINBER Names Nathan Flood President and CEO July 31, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 31, 2020) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) today announced Nathan Flood has been named president and CEO, after serving as interim CEO since November 2019.

“It was clear to the board of directors that the person KINBER needed at this time was already at the helm,” said KINBER board chair Kenneth Blackney. “Nathan’s vision and strategic thinking will provide KINBER with the leadership to connect more unserved and underserved communities and to expand access to advanced research and education network services across the commonwealth.”

Prior to being named interim CEO, Flood served as KINBER’s vice president overseeing daily operations and working closely with its board of directors and CEO. Before joining KINBER, Flood served as the deputy secretary for conservation and technical services within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource, where he directed operations of the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, and Conservation Landscape Program. [Read the full press release on KINBER | News]

Research and education networks in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio announce partnership in the fight against COVID-19 July 23, 2020

I-Light, Merit, and OARnet team up to provide internet access and support online learning, research, and state and local government initiatives to aid communities amid pandemic

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Statewide research and education networks (RENs) in the Midwest, including I-Light, Merit, and OARnet, in conjunction with their private sector partners, are collaborating to provide internet connectivity, digital infrastructure, and broadband expertise to support higher education, research, K-12 schools, and state and local governments in coping with the COVID-19 health crisis.

This partnership recognizes that network availability is vital to living, learning, and working amid the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership has been facilitating the large-scale transition to online learning and remote working across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and supports rapidly formed, high-intensity, collaborative research at the states’ universities and other sites. [Read the full article on IU | IT News]

Edge Partners with D2L to Enhance Members’ Educational Technology Experience July 16, 2020

Edge, the region’s nonprofit research and education network and technology partner, has announced a partnership with D2L, a global leader in learning technology. Via its EdgeMarket Cooperative Pricing System, Edge has awarded a procurement contract which will give its members the ability to efficiently and affordably engage with D2L’s Learning Management System (LMS) solutions and services.

D2L’s Brightspace LMS is a cloud-based learning platform built by educators, for educators. With Brightspace, users can easily set up individualized learning paths for students, keep them on track with automated nudges, provide personalized feedback, and increase engagement through gamification, social tools, video, and other powerful features. Responsive design also ensures that students and instructors can engage with an attractive, easy to use learning portal no matter the device.

“We’re excited to engage with D2L as the LMS provider of choice for our EdgeMarket participants. D2L has a proven record of mapping to the desires of faculty, students, and instructional designers, and provides intuitive analytics around student data,” said Christopher Markham, Vice President for Information Technology at Edge. “D2L’s innovative place in the market, powerful integrations with third party edtech solutions and intuitive experience for teachers and learners make them an ideal partner for our members.” [Read the full news article on Edge | News & Events]

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