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Miami Dade College switches from Blackboard to Canvas

Miami Dade College, which serves more than 120,000 students, this week announced it’s selected Instructure’s Canvas as its new learning management system. In a press release, the company points to the platform’s ability to support a “diverse student population with a fully mobile and accessible solution” as a key feature of the upgrade. The college reportedly serves students from 167 nations, speaking 63 languages. Colin Wood has the details.

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Cybersecurity needs a seat in the boardroom in universities, experts say

Governing boards are typically in charge of approving budgets and staffing, so board members — known as trustees, regents, governors or other titles depending on the state or institution — need to see cybersecurity as a crucial business matter, Merrill Schwartz, a senior vice president for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, told EdScoop. Amid continued ransomware attacks against higher education institutions, the association developed recommendations for board members on how to communicate with their information security teams, including questions to ask about cybersecurity and suggested cybersecurity frameworks for their institutions. Emily Bamforth has more.

Dozens of HBCUs sign on to receive cybersecurity support

About a quarter of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are now signed on to receive a comprehensive IT assessment designed to bring the institutions into compliance with federal cybersecurity standards, the director of the Student Freedom Initiative told EdScoop. The nonprofit now offers its program, designed to address longstanding inequities that led to gaps in digital infrastructure and to prevent HBCUs from losing their ability to distribute financial aid, in 14 states. Emily has it.

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