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VR Device Creates Realistic 'Touch'

A new virtual reality device from a team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers allows users to "feel" virtual walls and objects.

A Third of College Students Don't Expect to Return if Fall Classes are Online

An education study site ran an informal poll with students about whether they'd return to school in the fall if it were only delivered remotely; a third said they'd withdraw.

ProctorU Proposes Student Bill of Rights for Remote Learning

Ed tech company ProctorU has created a "student bill of rights" that outlines seven areas of expectations students should be able to count on from their academic institutions.

Common App Adds AI Help from AdmitHub for College Entry Process

To help keep students on track to enter college in the fall, Common Application is working with AdmitHub to provide access to a free conversational artificial intelligence chatbot.



ED Announces $300 Million Grant Competition to 'Rethink Education'

The United State Department of Education has launched a new grant program offering $307.5 million in funds for states to "create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency."

Social Learning Platform Piazza Adds Live Q&A Upvoting to Course-Correct Virtual Ed

Piazza, the company that produces a social learning application for colleges and universities, has added new functionality to its software. Piazza "Live Q&A" offers a dedicated place within courses where students can ask questions and upvote questions in real time as instructors are running their classes.

Cal State Fullerton Clarifies Fall Plans

California State University, Fullerton has had to mop up the confusion generated when local news stations reported that the campus would be delivering its courses virtually on the first day of classes in fall. According to a statement issued by Provost Pamella Oliver a day later, the reporting was wrong.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of April 27, 2020)

Upcoming events include the STEAM Week 2020, OLC Ideate, and the Campus Technology Distance Learning Summit.

Community College Hosting First Open Esports Tournament ... Online

A Missouri community college will shortly be running its first open esports tournament. That will take place online between May 1 and 3, 2020 and be hosted by Crowder College, a two-year college serving nine counties in the state. The event will feature one-on-one competitions with Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. The semi-finals and finals will be live-streamed on May 3.

Michigan State Grapples with Data Breach in Third-Party Software

Even as schools are dealing with the fallout from coronavirus, a Michigan university is facing the fallout of a cybersecurity virus too. Michigan State University said a data breach that hit one of its software vendors has affected about 300 people who processed credit card payments through its ecommerce site, shop.msu.edu.