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Hilbert College is using a one-year, $250,000 federal grant to make technology improvements at its Hamburg campus.

The college already has used the money from the U.S. Department of Education to upgrade the computer network used by administrators, sharply improving the system's speed and reliability.

Hilbert in the spring plans to use some of the money to launch a new course-management system. It will allow students access to discussion forums, streaming audio and video and live group chats.

Faculty will be able to publish course content online and access student assessment profiles, according to the college.

Also, the college will buy specialized computer forensics software for its economic crime investigation laboratory and new equipment for a hands-on video-production lab.

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