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Stanford launches digital education office

Stanford University’s new digital education office aims to take ideas for how the highly ranked research institution can improve access to education through online courses, Vice Provost Matthew Rascoff told EdScoop. The university announced the new office on Monday, along with a computer science education pilot that Rascoff points to as a model for the initiatives the office plans to champion. More than 220 students are enrolled this fall in a Stanford computer science class taught during the typical school day, the first time Stanford is offering a dual-enrollment course nationally. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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TikTok withdraws from U.S. Cyber Games following GOP criticism

Amid criticism from two Republican members of the U.S. Senate, the social-media company TikTok said Monday it has withdrawn its sponsorship of the inaugural U.S. Cyber Games, a federally backed competition to discover cybersecurity talent among young adults. The decision came was made after Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas issued a statement last Thursday aiming at the Biden administration and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, which backs the Cyber Games, for its partnership with TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance. Benjamin Freed has the story.

Memes can help people navigate trauma, university researchers find

Memes with captions related to the coronavirus pandemic can have a positive effect on people’s emotions and how they consume information, but how a meme is designed matters, university researchers wrote in a study published this month in Psychology of Popular Media. Participants who viewed memes with COVID-related captions reported higher levels of positive emotions — like delight, relaxation, calmness or amusement — than those who were shown memes unrelated to the pandemic, according to the study of more than 700 people. The results show that forming connections through internet culture could be a strategy for helping people cope with traumatic events, rather than avoiding the subject, Jessica Myrick, a Penn State professor of media studies and one of the study’s authors. Emily has it.

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