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12/2/2020

Many universities responded to the pandemic in the spring by offering pass-fail options instead of letter grades, but the lingering crisis isn't sparking the same degree of leniency at some schools this fall. The College of Charleston instead extended the deadline for class withdrawal, while Northern Kentucky University and several others maintain that letter grades generate better student success.

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Inside Higher Ed
12/2/2020

Now in its seventh year, The Month Of Code event has had more than one billion students from 180 countries participate in coding-related activities. Finding the right coding kits for your class can help to encourage a lifelong interest in coding, computer science, and STEM experiences.

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2029 employment in STEM occupations will increase by 8%, more than twice the rate of non-STEM careers. STEM subjects can be dense and difficult for students to engage with, which is why these top STEM apps can make a valuable addition to your STEM teaching toolkit.

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

With a full day of engaging discussions on esports and education and the ability to browse the most innovative esports products in the expo hall, you won't want to miss this free event!

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

Communication mistakes other leaders have made can offer important career lessons, author and communications consultant Dianna Booher writes. Providing reasons behind decisions and considering the impact of words and actions are two of four suggestions she offers.

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TLNT
12/2/2020

Fewer than 25% of 3,500 college students surveyed in late September said they are using campus mental health services during the pandemic, despite more than half of students saying they feel "somewhat" or "constantly" anxious, a report from College Pulse, Course Hero and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators finds. Although students say they'd welcome help, the researchers determined that lack of proximity to campus made students less likely to pursue options, even telehealth opportunities, and found that peer support programs have had better success.

12/2/2020

The nonprofit Student Freedom Initiative spearheaded by Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert Smith this summer was created to provide financial support and career help for students at nine historically black colleges and universities. Last year, Smith paid $34 million to cover student-loan debt for almost 400 students at Morehouse College.

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EdSurge
12/2/2020

Dec. 30 is the last day for universities to spend their portion of the Coronavirus Relief Fund created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Each state has different rules on how the money can be spent, but purchases must be spurred by pandemic-related need, and the federal government has updated guidance to say items delivered after Dec. 30 due to supply-chain delays can be included, writes CDW business development strategist Curtiss Strietelmeier.

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EdTech online
12/2/2020

Trying to eliminate cheating in remote learning continues to be a daunting challenge for educators. From lockdown browsers to live proctoring, technical solutions abound to help keep students on the straight and narrow. But embracing a growth mindset can be the first step and a low-cost solution.

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Tech & Learning
12/2/2020

If you're new to teaching or considering bringing in digital tools such as Google Classroom, Minecraft, Animoto, or Flipgrid--and all the related apps and resources--here's where to get started, including the basics plus tips and advice to get the most out of each one.

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Tech & Learning