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Pandemic's silver linings

The rapid technological and organizational challenges that universities have overcome in recent months have been trying, but educational technology leaders told EdScoop that in the long run, they believe it will benefit their institutions. Betsy Foresman has the story.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Chicago throws $50 million at digital divide

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new program last week to provide more than 100,000 K-12 students with at-home internet connections. The program, which prioritizes at-risk students in the Chicago Public Schools district, will supply free wired home internet connections or mobile hot spot devices for students in temporary living situations. Among the program's supporters are longtime Chicago residents Michelle and Barack Obama, who donated $750,000 together with the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust. Ryan Johnston reports.

Tech agility proved essential for university success during pandemic

Moving to online teaching in response to COVID-19 has reinforced the importance for universities to implement technology faster and more efficiently, several higher education technology leaders said during an online conference last week. Even as students return to campus for the fall semester, they said, the lessons learned during the rapid shift to remote education will stay relevant to institutions and leave a lasting impact on the future of higher education. Betsy has more.

Is your university reopening this fall?

Some universities will reopen their campuses this fall to resume in-person learning, others will continue delivering education online and others have adopted hybrid educational models. For university administrators, it's been a difficult decision as students demand quality education, but the threat of COVID-19 persists and infection rates rise in states that have reopened their economies. View the list to see what your favorite universities are doing this fall.


As learning moves online, higher ed needs more data insights

With universities canceling in-person instruction for the spring semester, and most continuing distance learning initiatives into the summer, higher education IT leaders need to maximize the services they’re providing. A new white paper from Splunk shares strategies to better collect and analyze data to gain insights into service effectiveness, employee productivity and IT security that can assist even beyond the current response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full report.


Remote Workforce — A Special Report

Studying and working from home has become the norm since the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year. A special report from StateScoop and EdScoop explores how government and university leaders are navigating the new technological terrain today and their plans for the coming months. Read the report.

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