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08/14/2020
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Employees at University of Wisconsin-Madison demand campus remains closed

The university has announced that in-person classes will be allowed to resume this fall, but faculty and staff are demanding the university remain fully online. While the staff are calling the university's plan for reopening is "inconsistent and inequitable," the university is currently planning to open dormitories at 90% capacity starting Saturday. Betsy Foresman has more.


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Credit card information was skimmed from Michigan State's online store

Users who made purchases from Michigan State University's online shop between last October and June may have had their credit card numbers stolen, administrators announced this week. The cyberattack, which compromised the credit card information of about 2,600 customers, is the second malware infection at the institution this year, following a ransomware attack discovered in May. The university's technology department is now working with law enforcement to investigate the incident and says the administrators of the website will undergo "advanced" security awareness training. Colin Wood has the details.


A quick look at the new tech coming to classrooms this fall

For students returning to college campuses this fall, the semester will look a little different, from sparser student populations to new classroom technologies. At many universities reopening their campuses, like Penn State Schuylkill, this will mean rearranging furniture and installing new classroom tools like tablet-enabled podiums that will simultaneously broadcast written information to students in the classroom and those learning remotely. Chancellor Patrick M. Jones said upgrades like these are "paramount" to ensure student health and safety during the pandemic. Colin has more.


Virtual teaching lessons for K-12 teachers

Educators in Arizona will have access to new professional development training through a new program from Arizona State University. The new program, called the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, is designed to support educators as they adjust to the challenges of starting a school year during a pandemic. “At present, it is unlikely that any Arizona school community will be in a position to begin the new school year in the traditional, in-person, on-campus setting,” said Kathy Hoffman, Arizona State’s superintendent of public instruction. Betsy has the details.


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