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College of Charleston to launch digital services hub

The next step for the College of Charleston to modernize its communications platforms is launching a replacement for its outdated digital services portal, Chief Innovation Officer Mark Staples told EdScoop. The South Carolina college announced in August that the information housed on MyCharleston, a digital service hub that’s more than a decade old, would move to separate, updated systems this fall. Administrators said students and staff will log in to apps to check grades or access payroll through a system called MyPortal. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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U. Maryland uses QR codes for contact tracing

The University of Maryland recently began using QR codes to collect data on where students sit to support its COVID-19 contact-tracing efforts. When a student scans a classroom QR code at the College Park university, information — including time, date and student ID number — is sent to the university’s health services department. If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus exposure, health services can use the information collected to support its contact tracing efforts. Each room is outfitted with QR codes based on their capacity: In large lecture halls, QR codes are placed for each seat, but in smaller rooms the codes are attached to seating zones. Emily has it.

Howard U. ransomware attack shows larger threat to higher ed

In addition to a holiday weekend, the beginning of Howard University’s semester presented a time crunch unique to higher education that could be particularly appealing to criminals planning cyberattacks, experts told EdScoop. A ransomware attack detected just ahead of the Labor Day holiday disrupted classes at the historically Black college in Washington, D.C., and shut down campus Wi-Fi and other networks on the final day students could register for classes. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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