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OER saves

University of Central Florida administrators recently estimated that open educational resources saved their students more than three-quarters of a million dollars over the fall semester. Ellen Kang, an assistant professor in the UCF physics department, said the use of OER has had “positive impacts” on her teaching and students’ learning. “The free online textbook has enhanced students’ accessibility, [and] the fact that the e-textbook can be customized for each instructor has allowed for greater flexibility in the preparation of my course materials,” Kang said. Colin Wood has more.

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Scooters are back

Electric scooters returned to the University of Central Florida’s campus on Monday after being removed last year due to the pandemic. The scooters, from the e-scooter company Spin, were originally brought to campus last spring to help students get around UCF’s 1,415-acre main campus, and now they're back, but with new safety and sanitation measures. Betsy Foresman has the details.


Texas Tech University’s CIO on using cloud to augment education

Sam Segran shares cloud strategies that are helping schools to improve security, data access and remote learning. With key investments, schools can ensure faculty and student success during the pandemic. Hear more from Segran.

So long, DeVos

After nearly four years serving the Trump administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last week over the Capitol Hill insurrection by a mob of the president’s supporters. Announced less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn into office, the announcement is thought to have little effect on operations at the Department of Education. Educators and lawmakers criticized DeVos for her work over the past four years. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was among them, on Thursday calling DeVos “the worst Secretary of Education ever.” EdScoop's Betsy reports.

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