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Central Piedmont deals with ransomware

Central Piedmont Community College, an institution with about 50,000 students in Charlotte, North Carolina, was hit by a ransomware attack last week that disabled systems needed for online learning and forced its employees off campus. “The malicious and unwarranted cyberattack against us on February 10, feels like a punch to the chest: It knocked us back some, but we are not out,” college president Kandi Deitemeyer wrote. Colin Wood has more.

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Coursera launches course with former NBA All-Star

The online learning platform Coursera announced this week it’s expanding course offerings at historically Black colleges and 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 College, which will explore how athletes, coaches and media personalities have contributed to movements that shift public opinion on civil rights. Ryan Johnston has the details.

University police investigating "Zoom bombing" at Penn State

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.” “These vile activities are reprehensible and the disruption and trauma they create is inexcusable,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in the university notice. Colin has more.

Google announces upgrades to education suite

Google on Wednesday announced a slew of upgrades to its digital education tools and a new line of Chromebooks designed to make virtual instruction easier for teachers and students during the coronavirus pandemic. It's also upgrading its Chromebook line with more than 40 new models. Ryan has more.

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