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Remote work could take many forms

Just as in other industries, higher education institutions’ plans on how and when to bring employees back to the office depend largely on the individual employees, higher education leaders said Tuesday during an online panel hosted by the consulting firm Deloitte. Students’ experience, and making sure the faculty and staff needed for student needs are accessible on-campus are the top priorities, but decisions about other workers, who may have realized their jobs can be done entirely remotely and gotten used to working from home, are still in progress. Emily Bamforth reports.

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McGraw Hill acquires training tool developer

McGraw Hill has acquired the developer of SIMnet, a Microsoft Office 365 training tool which the education publisher distributed and marketed for years, the company announced last week. The software company, Triad Interactive, has partnered with McGraw Hill for 20 years, according to a press release. SIMnet, which started as a CD-ROM program, now simulates Microsoft Office products in an online environment to walk students through skills like creating PowerPoint presentations or formatting Excel. Emily Bamforth has the details.

Ed. Dept clarifies how to spend relief funds

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance on Tuesday clarifying which students can access emergency grant funds made available through universities as part of the American Rescue Plan, including money that can be used for internet and technology access. All students enrolled during the coronavirus pandemic can receive emergency grants, including international students and students granted residency through the DREAM Act. This hadn’t been defined yet, potentially barring these students from receiving emergency grants from their colleges. Read the full story on EdScoop.

IT infrastructure baseline is essential

For universities looking to make an impact on the student experience with digital services, a solid information technology infrastructure is essential, one higher education CIO says on a new episode of EdScoop’s PrioritiesEDU podcast. “The baseline is always digital infrastructure,” Sam Segran, the CIO of Texas Tech University, says on the podcast. “The bottom part is the one that most people don’t think about, which is making sure that we have a good infrastructure.” Listen to the podcast on EdScoop.

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