Ransomware attack takes down Howard University for two days

A ransomware attack took down Howard University for two full days. Reported by Slate, a ransomware attack rendered Howard University’s wi-fi network unusable, forcing the cancellation of all online and hybrid classes for two days. The takeaway? Most college networks were intentionally designed to provide open access to a wide variety of students and administrators, […]

COVID-19 breakout transitioned La Salle University to online learning

A recent COVID-19 breakout transitioned La Salle University back to online learning. Reported by University Business, despite an 85% on-campus vaccination rate, a nearly 50 student COVID case count triggered the decision to shift university-wide to virtual learning. The takeaway? This ability to instantly shift to virtual when necessary is a capability higher ed didn’t […]

Can the University System of Georgia faculty create their own mask mandates for their classrooms?

Can the University System of Georgia faculty create their own mask mandates for their classrooms? Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while The University System of Georgia has opposed both mask and vaccine mandates across their 26 institutions, many USG faculty are concerned about the personal health risk this opens themselves up to in the classroom. […]

UMass creates their online college by buying Brandman University

The University of Massachusetts System has finally built their online-only college, by acquiring Brandman University. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, private nonprofit Brandman University will now become UMass Global in exchange for $130 million over the next 10 years.  The takeaway? This is an interesting potential exit strategy for institutions looking for one. Those who […]

How to Scale Supplemental Instruction

powered by Sounder Supplemental instruction (SI) improves academic performance for student participants.  The research shows this. What we don’t yet have solved for is how to scale SI so it benefits more learners and ultimately improves our institutions? Nicolò Bates, Founder and CEO at TEDU, and Jessica Brooks, Director at the International Center for Supplemental […]

Is narrative-based AI the next evolution of artificial intelligence in education?

Is narrative-based AI the next evolution of artificial intelligence in education? Reported by EdSurge, while the buzzword of “AI” gets thrown around a lot in education, this often means fairly basic adaptivity – merely rearranging learning sequence – at its most generous. But the National Science Foundation grant has just awarded Digital Promise $20 million […]

How can higher ed navigate the “shecession”?

How can higher ed navigate the “shecession”? Reported by EdSurge, this pandemic has hit our student mothers the hardest, with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research labeling this crisis a “shecession” due to limited in-person schooling options for their children. The takeaway? Some institutions have piloted some promising initiatives for their student mothers, including child-friendly […]