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Temple students enter VR-based classes

For the second year in a row at Temple University, some online MBA students are sliding on virtual reality headsets to visit their classrooms. The software company Pagoni VR announced on Wednesday that starting last month, some graduate students attending classes led by business professor Bora Ozkan began using virtual reality to enter virtual lecture halls with their peers, where they can customize their appearances and interact with a 3D avatar of the instructor. Ryan Johnston has more.

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Dartmouth uses AI to boost IT service desk

Dartmouth began working with Aisera, a Palo Alto, California, software company, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to develop a solution that would enable the school’s IT service desk to keep up with an influx of requests it received as a result of students and faculty working and learning remotely. The current solution, launched last fall, uses natural-language processing to extract answers from a data set consisting of Dartmouth’s policies and procedures, as well as previous IT service use-cases. Ryan reports.

Online testing firm agrees to security audit

A company whose software has been widely used to administer law school entrance exams during the coronavirus pandemic has agreed to an independent audit of the software after a U.S. senator raised cybersecurity concerns about the product. Alabama-based ProctorU’s web-browser extension software has allowed people across the U.S. to take the LSAT exam from home during the pandemic. But Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., worried that that same accessibility, if left unsecured, could give cybercriminals a foothold onto test-takers’ devices. Sean Lyngaas has the details on CyberScoop.

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