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Google upgrades its education software

Google announced upgrades for virtually all of its education software on Wednesday, including new features designed to streamline grading, perform administrative tasks and track student engagement. The company also announced that it will be releasing more than 40 new varieties of its Chromebook, including convertible devices that can function as either a laptop and a tablet. Ryan Johnston has the details.

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Penn State was "Zoom bombed" again

University police at Pennsylvania State University are investigating two new “Zoom bombings” of online events this week, the latest in a string of “racially motivated acts.” The university said police are searching for a lone suspect who intruded the events and claimed to be a police officer while “displaying what appears to be a firearm.” Colin Wood has the story.

That's *professor* Chris Webber

The online learning platform Coursera announced on Wednesday it’s expanding course offerings at historically Black universities with a new class on civil rights and sports, taught by guest lecturer and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber. The “Activism in Sports and Culture” class is the first course offered by the all-male Morehouse University on the Coursera platform, and will explore how athletes, coaches and media personalities — historically and over the past year — have contributed to movements that shift public opinion on inequality and civil rights. Ryan has more.


How Kent State University made the leap to zero-trust security

Moving away from perimeter-based security has been arguably more of a challenge for colleges and universities, given the complexity of their operations, the constant turnover of users, and relentless budget pressures. Kent State University’s CISO Bob Eckman describes how he and his IT associates abandoned their waterfall approach to security project development and moved to implement a zero-trust environment which capitalizes on their existing Microsoft enterprise platform. Listen to the full interview.


How modern e-signature tools facilitate paperless processes

The remote work and virtual education needs have amplified the shortcomings of paper-based processes, underscoring the need to digitize documents and improve e-sign. A recent report highlights advances in e-signature tools that promise to eliminate one of the lingering obstacles to full digitization. The report shares how higher-education institutions in particular are benefiting from these advanced tools. Learn more in the report.

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