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Pandemic is forcing tech adoption in higher ed

The current health crisis is mixing up routines for many in higher education, and institutions are having to adapt quickly as they attempt to keep their students' educations continuing. From online learning platforms to social media, technology is playing a heightened role in how teachers, students and staff communicate and live. “We’re making a lot of changes very, very rapidly at colleges and universities across the country,” says Educause's Susan Grajek.   Here's the story, in case you missed it last week.

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Actually graduating, but virtually

Purdue University is among a handful of higher education institutions that have opted to move their graduation proceedings online during the pandemic. At some other schools, such as the University of California Los Angeles, the decision has been more controversial, with students demanding that the school instead postpone the ceremony. Betsy has more.

School internet gets a boost in Alaska

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a bill last week mandating that the state's minimum standard for internet speeds at its K-12 school districts be doubled. The legislation was rushed forward in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has increased reliance on technology and internet connectivity as students have continued their educations from home.   Betsy Foresman has the details.

Free edtech tools

From a free Adobe Connect trial to the unfettered access now offered to Coursera's catalog of 3,800 online courses, technology companies are turning out to provide students and teachers with free resources as they attempt to get through the public health crisis. There are hundreds of free trials and offers available. Here are a few of them.

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