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When university students are afraid to ask for help

When university students are too intimidated to write an email to their professor, it can lead them not to ask for help, Lumen Learning Chief Academic Officer David Wiley says on this week’s episode of Cutting EDge. The company is trying out courseware through campus testing centers at Rockland Community College in New York and Santa Ana College in California, gathering feedback on how to personalize the learning experience.

One unexpected suggestion, Wiley says, was to build in features to better communicate with instructors.

Later in the podcast, the National Student Clearinghouse’s Tara Conrad joins to talk about the nonprofit is using blockchain technology for comprehensive learner records. She shares how those records draw on vast amounts of data and help university students make career choices.

In the news:

Experts explained a potential mismatch between the cybersecurity workforce and current academic options at “Hack the Capitol” last week.

VR company VictoryXR is working with universities on creating immersive learning experiences and developing “metaversities,” simulated campuses for students to explore.

The University of Arkansas hired its first system-wide chief information security officer to identify cybersecurity threats across 22 campuses, divisions and units.

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Cutting Edge

Every two weeks, the Cutting EDge Podcast will bring you the latest in higher education technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending topics in depth and highlight news across the campus IT landscape. Each episode will feature conversations with top executives across higher education on things like hybrid learning, emerging technology, cybersecurity and modernization.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop & EdScoop at Scoop News Group. Williams has spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins-and-outs of state and local government as well as higher education. Williams started his journalism career in regional journalism in his native Pennsylvania, and also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.