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How advising against automated proctoring fed into course design

On this episode of the Cutting EDge podcast, University of Michigan-Dearborn Associate Provost Mitchel Sollenberger explains how the decision to avoid automated proctoring when the coronavirus pandemic began fed into a constantly-evolving conversation around assessment and course design. 

Since that decision two years ago, the university continues to encourage more lower-stakes assessments instead of a few exams that heavily shape final grades, he says.

Microsoft’s U.S. Education Senior Surface Specialist Kristin Kolodzeij and Director of Higher Education, Worldwide Education Industry, Rob Curtin join Scoop News Group’s Wyatt Kash to talk about how colleges and universities are investing in new ways to promote more equitable and more secure access to higher education resources.

In the news this week: 

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are developing chips with tiny timers to defend against cyberattacks from quantum computers.

Clemson University is working with researchers to explore applications for AI-based analytics software, after a donation from SAS valued at $3.3 million. 

Ottawa University in Arizona plans to offer its cyber range to companies and governments that want to train business leaders to respond to cybersecurity threats.

This episode of the Cutting EDge Podcast is brought to you by Microsoft.

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Cutting Edge


Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.