1. Googling "how to be a director of digital learning initiatives". When I first got my current gig a couple of years ago, I may not literally have Googled, “How to be a director of digital learning initiatives?”. But that description of how prepared I was for the job, and how I tried to figure out how to do the work, would not be far off. My guess is that I’m not the only one, given the option, who would have Googled how to do their new higher ed job.
2. Congressional hearing focuses on espionage. A congressional hearing Wednesday focused on the vulnerability of U.S. academic institutions to foreign espionage activities and intellectual property theft. The hearing follows on comments Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray made in February about counterintelligence risks posed by Chinese students and what he described as the “level of naïveté on the part of the academic sector” about the risks.
3. Facebook rolls out fake news education programme. Would you know how to spot fake news on Facebook? The social media platform is rolling out a new educational programme to try to help users weed out the false stories from the genuine.
4. Event showcases how digital technologies help illuminate the humanities. Yale graduate student Amy Giuliano knows that the experience of studying abroad can be transformative, but she is also aware that the cost of travel can make that impossible for some students. So she has designed virtual reality educational tours of some of Rome’s most historic churches. Having her students incorporate digital technology in their exploration of literature is important to English and American studies professor Wai Chee Dimock, who makes it a requirement in her “American Literature in the World” course.
5. How to soft launch virtual reality in schools. I’m typically not an early adopter nor one to trumpet the “next big thing” in educational technology. During my years as a district ed tech director, I often encouraged schools — and especially principals fresh from a conference where they were wowed by some promising but expensive new ed tech tool — to hold off and let the product mature. Let others be the company’s beta testers.
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