By Cathy Stone, Naomi Milthorpe and Janet Dyment

To combat high failure and student drop-out rates, universities have developed strategies to monitor online student engagement through measurable activities. We explored if and how these monitoring activities accurately measure online engagement.

QA have announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based Cloud Academy.

Established in 2007, the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the Learning Technology field, and aim to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. The Awards are open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world.

In addition to the usual judges selected awards, ALT will also be presenting a Community Choice Award, where you can vote for the winner.

Blackboard Inc. have announced that they are rebranding Moodlerooms, their SaaS open-source learning management system, as "Blackboard Open LMS."

LearningPool, the Belfast based eLearning tools and content provider, have announced the acquisition of MediaCorp.

Skills Development Scotland have awarded a contract for the development of a "Workbased Learning eLearning Resource" to Latitude 91, an IT services business based in Basingstoke, which is the parent company of

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