The shift to remote instruction during the coronavirus pandemic has led to spikes in chronic absenteeism among students. Yet, Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works, asserts that the pandemic may change the way that student attendance is defined and tracked.
Campus stakeholders can play multiple roles at institutions, which makes identity and access management a challenge in the best of times. When you throw a global pandemic into the mix, these environments become absolutely essential for solid outcomes. That doesn't streamline the ID process, however. As this article reveals, the COVID crisis is making access management even more complicated.
Remote learning requires new strategies to help students develop healthy friendships online, says Phyllis Fagell, a school counselor in Washington, D.C. In this interview, Fagell suggests being purposeful when pairing students for projects and using tools such as Zoom to help students mediate any disputes.
Desktop and web browser versions of Microsoft Teams will soon receive new consumer features, such as the option for syncing existing chats from phone to computer and sharing Team meeting invitations to individuals not using Teams. Teams mobile apps are also getting new features, including the ability to add group events from chats to device calendars and to receive task updates in the activity feed.
The potential for COVID-19 to spread rapidly is informing decisions at every institution these days. For schools that have reopened for onsite learning, keeping the campus community healthy and safe is no small task. Read how Hudson Valley Community College is using infrared cameras to monitor the temperatures of staff and students via self-assessment checkpoints.
Hybrid and remote learning have become stop-gap solutions for thousands of institutions during the pandemic. Because of this, IT teams are playing a more vital role than ever before, ensuring continuity and seamless operations as learning models shift. Tasked with doing more with tighter budgets, many are turning to the cloud.
As the pandemic continues to upend higher education, institutions need to offer more support to keep students engaged, invested and on the path to success. Change has become a constant, which can be destabilizing for the learning process. In this article, EdTech Magazine synthesizes the results of a recent student survey to help meet these challenges.
Willamette University recently opted for new collaborative technology in its effort to adapt to COVID-19-imposed changes. Prioritizing the health and safety of its staff and students, the school reduced its classroom capacities, modified layouts in learning spaces to maintain social distance and expanded its HyFlex learning model.
Strathmore Municipal Library, in Alberta, Canada, has released its two-year plan of service, and it focuses on far more than books. The library is working on anti-isolation measures such as social groups and is implementing a program in which users have the option to "read away" their fines for books returned late.
British Library specialists have digitized maps from the Topographical Collection of King George III, spanning 324 years of printed and hand-drawn maps as well as architectural drawings. The collection includes a 17th-century drawing of "the Towne of Mannados or New Amsterdam" -- now known as New York City's Manhattan.
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