George Washington University to conduct spring semester online

“Managing this pandemic has called on us all to do our part to keep the community healthy and safe, and to support one another through these difficult decisions,” officials said in an email to the university community.

University leaders considered the spread of the virus, the school’s ability to house students safely and feedback from the community as they weighed the possibility of reopening the campus, according to the announcement.

Based on current conditions, the school said it is also unlikely commencement will be held in person in May.

GWU President Thomas J. ­LeBlanc told the Faculty Senate on Friday the spring semester “will look a lot like it looks right now,” according to the GW Hatchet, the student newspaper. Most classes are being taught remotely; exceptions have been made for a handful of courses that require research or in-person instruction.

The campus has reported 29 positive virus cases since

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University watchdog warns over online learning saying it will fine institutions which fail to deliver

 The university watchdog has issued a warning over online learning as it says it will fine institutions which fail to deliver for students.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said it is “vital” that universities “honour the promises” they made to students when they applied.

She said that the regulator is “actively monitoring” the standard of online degrees, adding that where teaching moves online, universities must ensure that quality remains high.

The watchdog said it will investigate any complaints it receives about the quality of online learning, adding that it has the power to issue fines if it finds that universities have breached their conditions of registration.

Close to a quarter of a million students across the country are now being taught online, according to an analysis by The Telegraph, with Liverpool becoming the latest university to axe all face-to-face classes as cases.

Cases in the city

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Hofstra University Alums Champion Nonprofits, Higher Education

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

E. David Woycik, left, and James C. Metzger are aiding local nonprofits and higher education.
E. David Woycik, left, and James C. Metzger are aiding local nonprofits and higher education. (Cassarino Studios)
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Deakin University completes online learning migration to cloud with Brightspace Platform

Deakin University has successfully transitioned its 60,000-plus student body to online learning, and migrated its Brightspace learning management system (LMS) to the cloud.

The project saw 48TB of data, representing a 60,000-student cohort, shifted once restrictions prevented face-to-face experiences.

After Covid-19 shut four off its physical campuses, Deakin rapidly shifted all students and staff to its digital campus, Cloud Campus.

The campus’ online learning environment, CloudDeakin, is built on the Brightspace LMS at its core, allowing students to actively learn anywhere, anytime and on any device while unable to attend face-to-face classes.





Deakin director Digital Learning, Associate Professor Chie Adachi, said CloudDeakin offers a signature digital learning experience “which has helped contribute to the institution’s decade-long leading position in Victoria for overall student satisfaction as confirmed by the Graduate Outcomes Survey”.

“Prior to COVID-19, about 25% of our learners were already in our Cloud Campus

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Higher education task force told to ‘put student needs first’ in SD’s public university system

“The task force was created after state lawmakers passed legislation in the 2020 session directing the study. Findings are to be reported to the Legislature and Gov. Kristi Noem no later than Nov. 15, 2021,” according to a news release.

The task force began by listening to the perspectives of former Board of Regents members and those who oversaw public universities in the past during their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Kathy Johnson, who served on the Board of Regents from 2005 to 2017, said the task force needs to remain cognizant of the fact that no one knows what the future is going to hold.

“The jobs that are in high demand today and are gearing up to produce graduates aren’t going to produce jobs and graduates ten years from now that are in high demand,” Johnson said.

Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University president from 2006 to 2014,

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Mondly Partners with Oxford University Press to Introduce An Enhanced English Language Learning Module Supporting 33 Languages

BRASOV, Romania, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mondly, one of the world’s leading online language platforms, and Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, today announce a new suite of custom English progress tests via the Mondly app.

Mondly partners with Oxford University Press to introduce custom English learning and assessment module (PRNewsfoto/Mondly)
Mondly partners with Oxford University Press to introduce custom English learning and assessment module (PRNewsfoto/Mondly)

The collaboration between Mondly and OUP enables English language learning, assessment, and testing in 33 languages, including less common languages like Danish, Persian, or Hebrew. The new module offers easily accessible learning support with access to 3,500+ different questions and 108 different English language progress tests for each of the languages included in the partnership.

As part of this module, Mondly will now have lessons based on Oxford Practice Grammar tests and the Oxford 3000, and that are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for reporting at levels

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As campus crumbles and students flee, Venezuela’s main university struggles to survive COVID-19

CARACAS (Reuters) – The corridors are empty and silent at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), the country’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the evacuation of its 32,000 students.

Chairs are seen at the Aula Magna of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), in Caracas, Venezuela September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba

The 298-year-old university is suffering not only the impact of the coronavirus quarantine, but also a six-year economic crisis that has left it struggling with a meager budget and the emigration of 30% of its graduates.

The deterioration of its infrastructure stood out in June with the partial collapse of the roof of an outdoor walkway that is a part of the iconic architecture of the complex, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The institution’s troubles signal that Venezuela risks losing a generation of college graduates,

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University in Gujarat gets Supercomputer ‘Param’; To help in AI, big data education and research



a group of people sitting posing for the camera: At present, Marwadi University has 400 students every year taking admission in the Computer & IT Department and 60 students in Computer Applications.


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At present, Marwadi University has 400 students every year taking admission in the Computer & IT Department and 60 students in Computer Applications.

By Dr. RB Jadeja

The Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST) of the Gujarat Government has granted Marwadi University with supercomputer ‘Param’. With this, Marwadi University is amongst only a handful of universities in the state to have the facility of a supercomputer. This facility will be equipped with a Param Shavak system developed at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) for high-performance computing and deep learning with x86 based latest Intel processor, 98 GB RAM, 16 TB storage, Nvidia based co-processing accelerator technologies, and software development environment.

Supercomputers support computation of large datasets, terabytes, or petabytes of data, with billions and billions of mathematical operations over several times faster than a regular Laptop or Desktop. The distinguishing

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Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Viswa Bharati’ university exposed to the saffron peril

(MENAFN – NewsIn.Asia) By Aurobindo Ghose

New Delhi, October 7 (newsin.asia): In 1940, a year before he died, Rabindranath Tagore placed a letter in Mahatma Gandhi’s hand. The letter said: “Visva-Bharati is like a vessel which is carrying the cargo of my life’s best treasure, and I hope it may claim special care from my countrymen for its preservation’.

A century after being founded in 1921, Tagore’s life’s treasure – the Visva-Bharati University – may now be in peril. Far from being preserved, that vessel – which will begin its centenary celebrations in December – is rocking.

Recent events, as I will outline below, are just the tip of the iceberg that may yet sink this grand reservoir of knowledge.

Signalling the beginning of the downfall of Tagore’s ideas, image and traditions was the appointment of Bidyut Chakrabarty, a favourite of the HRD Ministry, as Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati in September

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UD a host institution for the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education; registration free for UD emails : University of Dayton, Ohio

By Mark Gokavi

The Hanley Sustainability Institute and the University of Dayton have joined a select group of schools as host institutions for the Oct. 20-22 Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE).

Organized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the event’s theme is “Mobilizing for a Just Transition.” The virtual conference seeks to deliver inspiring content, engaging networking opportunities and thought-provoking keynote speakers and presenters.

UD stands alongside Arizona State, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Colorado, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Texas, Wisconsin and others as hosts for a conference with a global audience of innovative professionals and students committed to a more sustainable future.

“We’re delighted to serve as a host,” said Ben McCall, HSI’s executive director. “The conference’s theme is resonant with so much activity currently going on at UD, including campus sustainability improvements, curricular innovations, faculty scholarship, community engagement, and our anti-racism action plan.”

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