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'Antiquated methods' won't plug cyber skills gap

As technologies and threat landscapes evolve, and the U.S. economy struggles to fill more than half a million vacant cybersecurity jobs, colleges and universities need to rethink the way they educate future talent, speakers said at yesterday's Hack the Capitol conference in Washington. “No matter how many students we get into cyber degrees, it’s not going to be enough,” said Eman El-Sheikh, the director of the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity. “We can’t expect to use the same antiquated methods,” she said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Welcome to the 'metaversity'

A chemistry professor at Atlanta's Morehouse College was so taken with her experience testing virtual reality in a course this spring, she's now pushing for all incoming freshmen to receive a VR headset when they arrive on campus. “It frees [students] from distraction,” said the professor, Muhsinah Morris. “They can learn more of the material faster and they’re able to actually engage with the material in a way they otherwise wouldn’t have.” Colin Wood has details.

Students like it online

As college campuses balance in-person classes with online offerings, self-paced courses are still carrying favor among students, according a survey released Wednesday by the edtech company Anthology. Mirko Widenhorn, Anthology’s director of engagement strategy, told EdScoop that students chose online options as the second-most important element in their education experience. However, opportunities for in-person offerings ranked third, he said, seeming “a little bit dichotomous.” Emily Bamforth had the story.

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