University of California’s top doctor says school should prepare for online learning beyond the fall semesterSeptember 18, 2020 [email protected]_84
The University of California’s top doctor had a sobering message for the system’s leaders this week: School won’t go back to normal for at least another year.
Dr. Carrie Byington, the executive vice president and head of UC Health, delivered the message to the University of California’s Board of Regents during its two-day virtual teleconference this week. Speaking on Wednesday, Byington told the regents that in the US, herd immunity wouldn’t be expected until July 2022 — meaning that the safeguards will have to continue.
“I believe that we will still be undergoing these modifications, accommodations, for the virus for at least another year,” she said. “I am still planning on a year of disruption, with hope that between September (2021) and
How Online Education Startup Outschool Raised $45 Million During The PandemicSeptember 18, 2020 [email protected]_84
The pandemic has been good to Outschool CEO Amir Nathoo, 40. Today the cofounder of the five-year-old San Francisco-based online education provider announced that he had raised $45 million in a funding round led by Lightspeed, a Silicon Valley venture fund. That brings the total invested in Outschool to $57 million.
“We’ve been dealing with overnight rocketship growth,” says Nathoo, who won’t share Outschool’s valuation. Last year revenue totaled $6.5 million, he says. In 2020 it’s on track to hit $100 million and he says Outschool is turning a profit.
The platform offers a staggering 50,000 not-for-credit classes aimed at students in grades K-12. That’s up from 15,000 just three months ago. Among the most popular right now: How to Make Awesome Animated Movies, a five-week course for students aged 10-15 that meets once
What The Work From Home Revolution Means For Higher EducationSeptember 18, 2020 [email protected]_84
It’s been six months since lockdown and domestic harmony is hanging by a thread because my kids can no longer agree on a movie. Six months ago, the list seemed endless. But after exhausting the Monty Python canon, Airplane, and Fletch, I led them astray with films they found too slow (Rushmore) or obscure (The Coca-Cola Kid) and lost all cinematic credibility. Now Leo and Zev want action movies or comedies while 11-year-old Hal insists on Muppets or anime. So our pandemic film festival is approaching a shabby final gala.
When he’s not reading comics or cracking corny jokes, Hal tends to focus on food. One boring Covid day he passed me a post-it note that read: “Brazil nuts bug me.” Why was he was thinking about Brazil nuts? His response: “Why are you not thinking about Brazil nuts?” Then there was the time we miraculously agreed to watch Top
Increased Use Of Tech In Higher Education During Covid-19 Exemplifies True GritSeptember 18, 2020 [email protected]_84
The business world teems with buzzwords. Buzzwords reach epic heights, then tragically die after rampant overuse. Grit is one word that ebbs and flows in popularity, but, by all appearances, has yet to be marked with the scarlet b and remains a respected word that signifies a propensity for success.
American psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth took the term grit to new heights in her 2013 TED Talk titled Grit: The power of passion and perseverance where she shared her five characteristics of grit.
At a time where opinions on today’s hybrid learning delivery methods are nothing short of loudly divided, beyond the hysteria our fall 2020 higher education experience exudes true grit of those on the education delivery front lines.
It is easy to show how Duckworth’s 5
Tennessee’s community health centers need stable fundingSeptember 18, 2020 [email protected]_84
The centers offer quality health, education, social and community services to all patients regardless of their financial situation.
- Teresa Dabney is CEO of Community Health of East Tennessee, serving Campbell and surrounding counties east of the Appalachian Mountains.
The economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic has left many Americans unable to afford medical insurance, large co-payments or deductibles. Fortunately, federally-funded community health centers provide a safety net for those unable to pay medical costs. The centers offer quality health, education, social and community services to all patients regardless of their financial situation and often exist as the only primary-care option in remote areas. Services they provide, such as sliding-scale payment plans, one-on-one assistance with free prescription drug programs, food banks and clothing closets, help families facing hard times.
Community health centers serve 30