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12/09/2020
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Pandemic fueled interest in cyber careers

As companies increasingly adopt remote workforce models and implement new technologies as a result of the pandemic, the demand for cybersecurity experts has accelerated, presenting workers a chance to reskill themselves for those jobs, Thomas Russell, cyber education program manager for the National Cybersecurity Center, told EdScoop. And to address this growing workforce gap, the National Cybersecurity Center is working with adults who are looking for a new career and helping them get the necessary cybersecurity training to go out into the workforce through online classes, Russell said. There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, according to predictions by the cybersecurity company Cybersecurity Ventures. Read Betsy Foresman's story.


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How higher education leaders tried to stave off disaster in 2020

Universities have tallied a number of successes this year as they've built out their infrastructures and rearranged their operations to serve their students remotely. But despite those successes, a number of existential threats linger for higher education. Revenues are dwindling as student rosters thin out and universities must serve an evolving ecosystem of non-traditional students, like older adults. Rachel Fishman, deputy director for education policy research at the think tank New America, said if things continue as they've been going, there will likely be widespread layoffs of faculty and staff, possible tuition increases and even campus closures. “It feels like a very slow moving crisis in a way,” Fishman said. Betsy has the story.


New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech

A technology support center for higher education faculty now under development is to be launched later this month by the University of Kansas, the University of Central Florida and the nonprofit education research and development organization Center for Applied Special Technology. The Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning will support higher education faculty as they continue to deliver instruction to students online during the pandemic and help universities and colleges better use digital tools as they invest in online instruction. The virtual support center will house videos and articles explaining how to use a range of technologies, from creating an editable PDF to designing a website. Read on.


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