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Helping students say "no thanks"

Following releases of role-playing software for managing issues like sexual violence and mental health, the software company Kognito released another simulation tool this month aimed at reducing overuse of alcohol and other drugs among university students. The simulation presents users with a series of scenarios, including attending a party and helping a friend with a substance abuse problem, while AI-powered virtual coaches provide feedback. The goal of the software is partly to educate students about substance abuse, but mostly to help them improve skills like assertiveness and goal setting. Colin Wood reports.

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The edtech industry is booming in 2021

As higher education leaders head into 2021 searching for new ways to organize their campuses, make sense of their data and improve the educational experiences of students, a worldwide technology industry capitalizing on those efforts is booming. Between higher education and K-12, U.S. edtech companies alone raised a record $2.2 billion in funding last year, but international markets are growing, too. From fusing rap with lesson plans to AI-powered adult learning, there's no shortage of new ideas in the space. Check out what some of these startups are doing.

Who has the best online programs?

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has the best online bachelor’s degree program in the United States, according to annual rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report develops its rankings, which it’s now been publishing for a decade, based on faculty credentials, student engagement, technology use and access to student services. Since publishing our article, university leaders have told EdScoop that these rankings are "a big deal" as they attempt to attract students who may not have time for a traditional in-person, on-campus experience. View the rankings.

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