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Senators ask online testing companies to address bias and privacy claims

Six Democratic senators asked three leading online exam companies to address claims about their online proctoring and remote-testing products. The products have been accused of violating student privacy and bias against people of color and people with disabilities. The letters were sent to ExamSoft, Proctorio and ProctorU — three platforms widely used to administer tests online. The news comes as more and more universities turn to remote proctoring software as students stay remote due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tools use a variety of methods that can vary from observation through webcams or specialized software systems that attempt to detect "abnormal exam-taker activity." Betsy Foresman has more.

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National University launches AI tool to engage students with online classes

A new artificial intelligence tool will help students better engage in online class discussions, National University announced. The university, made up of a string of campuses around California, will help faculty identify students who may need more support in their education. The technology, built by the AI software company Packback, is designed to offer students instant feedback on their writing skills. Betsy has the details.

Hackers steal credentials from LSU amid global phishing campaign

A series of phishing campaigns that bear similarities to attacks carried out by an Iran-based company known to target U.S. agencies, universities and businesses hit Lousiana State University and others. While cybersecurity researchers did not officially attribute the attacks to any nation-state or entity, the infiltration attempts at the universities closely resemble those from the Mabna Institute — an Iranian company closely linked to the government. Of the 20 universities targeted, 37 percent saw phishing campaigns impersonating libraries, 63 percent saw campaigns dressed up as student portals and 11 percent were financial aid-themed. More about the hack here.

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