Pearson’s strategy pays off as Covid-19 accelerates online learning

LONDON: The outgoing boss of Pearson hailed the success on Wednesday of his lengthy and often painful battle to rebuild the education group for a digital generation after Covid-19 accelerated the switch to online learning.

John Fallon, who issued a string of profit warnings as students moved from expensive textbooks to digital learning, said the company would not have been able to cope with the rapid shift online during the pandemic had it not previously prepared.

The group’s performance was boosted by a 32% jump in global online learning in its third quarter.

“The last few years have been hard for our shareholders and everybody involved but we have stayed true to our purpose,” he told reporters. “The future of learning is digital and as you can see from these trends, Pearson is going to play a very very big part in it.” Pearson’s shares rose 3% in early trading.

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Cox’s Bazar Education Sector: COVID 19 Response Strategy, 2020 – Reaching Every Learner – Bangladesh

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On 24th March 2020, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) (based in Cox’s Bazar) released a statement defining the essential and critical activities in all 34 camps in Cox’s Bazar for COVID 19. The statement defined education as a non-essential activity. This resulted in severely restricted access for UN and NGO staffs and the closure of learning facilities. This closure means that the education sector closed nearly 6,000 education facilities across the camps for the foreseeable future, disrupting learning of over 325,000 children (of which, 49 per cent are girls and adolescents; aged 3 to- 24 years) and cutting off their access to education. These students are missing vital learning opportunities and have had their social support systems further disrupted. Moreover, without access to learning facilities and in isolation, there is little scope to provide with clear communication messages, psychosocial support to both students and educators and

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ICE Is Using a New Strategy to Educate People About the Dangers of Sanctuary Policies

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using a new strategy to educate the public in Pennsylvania about the dangers of sanctuary policies. A large number of counties in Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia have laws protecting criminal aliens from ICE. 

“Too often sanctuary policies limiting cooperation with ICE result in significant public safety concerns,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. “ICE will continue to enforce immigration laws set forth by Congress through the efforts of the men and women of ICE to remove criminal aliens and making our communities safer.”

ICE has launched a new billboard campaign to warn Pennsylvanians about the dangers of sanctuary policies. When local law enforcement fails to honor immigration detainers, criminal aliens are released back to the community and given a chance to re-offend. 

Six billboards featuring at-large immigration violators who may pose a threat to public

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How Colleges Can Strengthen Security with a Defense-in-Depth Strategy

By necessity, universities have evolved beyond the old castle-and-moat approach to cybersecurity. In today’s highly distributed technology environment, firewalls alone cannot ensure student privacy or secure critical data.

With a proliferation of endpoints, the present push toward remote work and distance learning has heightened existing cyber risks for colleges and universities. “Traditional, ‘monolithic,’ approaches to cybersecurity are becoming less reliable,” says Richard Rudnicki, a Deloitte security specialist with 15 years of experience delivering cyber-risk and regulatory compliance solutions to higher education. “To address evolving risks, institutions should adopt multilayered approaches that involve people, process and technology.”

Known as defense in depth, this multilayered approach centers on redundancy. Having multiple layers of security controls is likely more effective than ensuring one layer is perfectly secure. Above all, the first layer of security starts with user education: Make sure all students and faculty understand the basics of safe internet use. Let’s examine

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Why a Multi-cloud Strategy is More Vital Than Ever in Higher Education

Colleges and universities around the globe are beginning the new academic year facing more uncertainty than ever. The global pandemic has made it virtually impossible to know how many students are returning to campuses this fall (if they’re even allowed) and how many will rely on remote learning exclusively or opt for some kind of hybrid model.

Compounding the challenge for higher education, this new status quo is fragile and could change in an instant. Thus it is critical to colleges and universities that their IT infrastructures are flexible and resilient enough to meet the needs of students and educators – whether they’re in the classroom or connected remotely from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Those needs include not just the ability to remotely access higher-education resources such as classes or administrative, educational, and financial services, but a quality experience. At large universities with tens of thousands of students

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