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Psychologists at Florida International University announced this week they’ve developed a website that helps people remember who they’ve recently been in contact with. Called CogTracer, the tool uses investigative interviewing techniques to help people who may have been infected with COVID-19 to more accurately list people they have been in contact with. Deborah Goldfarb, an FIU psychologist who helped create CogTracer, told EdScoop the tool is hoped to slow the spread of COVID-19, which saw upticks in universities that returned to in-person classes this fall. Betsy Foresman has more.

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Yet another education data breach

In a bid to expand operations in Missouri, the online learning company K12 recently distributed extensive personal information for hundreds of its students, according to state officials. Christopher Neale, assistant commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, wrote in a letter obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the company “committed a significant data breach” as its lobbyists pushed lawmakers to loosen regulations on for-profit education companies operating during the pandemic. Neale wrote that K12, which operates in 33 states and Washington D.C., shared a spreadsheet that contains personally identifiable information of more than 1,600 students, “most of them from Missouri.” Colin Wood explains what happened.

Students file lawsuits against universities for 'subpar' remote educations

Students forced to take online classes during the pandemic have filed nearly 100 class-action lawsuits against their colleges and universities, demanding partial tuition reimbursement for failing to deliver the quality of education students had initially payed for. And while the majority of colleges have rejected the students’ demands for their money back, claiming that students are being taught the same curriculum they would have received through in-person classes and are still earning credits towards their degrees, students argue that the online classes are poor substitutes for the education experience universities had promised them at the time of payment. “We can literally get the same education that CU is currently offering from YouTube at the cost of an internet bill,” one student said. Betsy has the details.


Managed security services to drive digital transformation in higher ed

Higher education institutions are increasingly targeted by hackers with ransomware attacks. Education organizations now make up to 80% of reported malware-related incidents compared to 48% the prior year. Verizon’s cybersecurity expert, Chris Novak, shares how managed security services can help schools respond to threats and lower the overall cost of security. Read more from Chris Novak.


Managed services key to education cybersecurity post-COVID

While education technology leaders are indeed technologists, their core focus is on providing education to students. By leaning on a managed service provider, schools can keep their staff focused on that core mission and leave the traditional IT and technology operations to a vendor, say security experts. Hear more in the discussion.

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