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Put on your headset, it's time to learn

Rutgers University professors are now using virtual reality environments as a way to immerse their students in their subjects and provide a break from all the lessons delivered over video conferencing during the pandemic. While students in Rutgers’ School of Social Work are using the platform to simulate therapy sessions and practice studying various concepts learned in class, students at at Rutgers Law School in Camden are using the virtual spaces to learn about civil mediation. “Students and teachers basically have a space that help immerse them in the idea that was going to be taught in the class,” Rutgers' Michael Gradin told EdScoop. Betsy Foresman has the story.

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Real hands-on cybersecurity experience

A new partnership between Texas A&M University and the Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative is giving students the chance to monitor and defend real networks as they gain work experience that could lead to a job after graduation. Students help defend networks used the university, state agencies, cities and counties throughout Texas. “Entry-level jobs in cybersecurity often require two years of experience,” said Mark Ouellette, project manager of CYAI. “Registered apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain that experience and exposure while contributing as employees and getting paid.” Betsy has more.

Ransomware continues in 2020

Cyberattacks are on the rise everywhere, but educational institutions are especially vulnerable, evidenced both anecdotally by high-profile incidents and by research revealing rising frequency and financial impact of attacks. In this feature, EdScoop takes a quick look back at some of the most devastating cyberattacks against education so far this year, from an HVAC attack against a Michigan school district to a $1.1 million ransomware payout by the University of California, San Francisco. Check out the list.

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