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Cal Poly taps VR for diversity training

Faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo have been awarded funding to develop diversity, equity and inclusion training using virtual reality, the university announced Wednesday. A $45,000 grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network, a partnership of colleges and universities that supports the development of new civic technology, will support faculty to develop new VR tools that can be incorporated into programs like sexual and gender harassment and LGBTQ+ inclusivity training. Betsy Foresman has more.

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Will universities keep their new distance-learning tools?

The pandemic has been a disruptive force in education, driving colleges and universities to reimagine through the use of technology how they deliver classes and services and how they engage students. In an interview with EdScoop, Dean Cantu, a professor of teacher education at Bradley University in Illinois explained how the pandemic changed edtech and shared some advice for what he thinks institutions ought to be considering as they adopt new technologies. Betsy has the interview.

Going virtual — again

Colleges and universities around the country plan for an unusual spring semester — with online classes, virtual commencements and strict health guidelines. It could take several months for the vaccine to be widely available, and with many college classes resuming in January, plans for the upcoming semester look remarkably similar to those laid out in fall 2020. While some institutions are inviting undergraduates back to live on campus in January after being largely virtual in the fall, others have announced they will make minimal changes in their COVID-19 plans from fall to spring. Read the full story.

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