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Experts say designing ethical online exams requires special care

Online video proctoring software raises ethical concerns that instructors can avoid by closely examining how they design online assessments, experts said during an online Educause panel on Wednesday. Software using artificial intelligence to scan video for cheating behavior was used as a quick way to ensure academic integrity during the coronavirus pandemic, but thousands of students using the software highlighted some problems like potential bias or threats to student privacy. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Texas A&M is exploring a massive IT consolidation

Consultants on Monday recommended that Texas A&M centralize its information technology department and establish a central help desk to give leaders more information about services. A restructuring of one of the country’s largest universities, outlined in a report published by two companies hired by the Texas A&M system in June — MGT Consulting and Martin+Crumpton — would have the institution halve the number of units in its IT department’s organizational chart. The guidance is in line with the report’s broader takeaways, including that the university needs to better organize its departments for efficiency and oversight. Emily has it.

Stanford launches new 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. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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