Phys .org: Study shows nearly no universities ready to deal with social media crisis

Phys .org: Study shows nearly no universities ready to deal with social media crisis. “Not so long ago, social media was a novel way for professionals in higher education to communicate about their institution. Now it’s ubiquitous, and a generation of students are on campus who have never known life without it. Yet, a University of Kansas study shows nearly no institution is ready to deal with a social media-fueled crisis, even if they have policies in place to do so.”

The Stage: More than 9,000 join new Facebook group to combat racism in drama schools

The Stage: More than 9,000 join new Facebook group to combat racism in drama schools. “A new group has been set up to provide a safe space for drama school students and graduates to share their experiences of racism. Called Unity – Drama Schools Standing Up Against Racism, the Facebook group already has more than 9,000 members.”

University of North Carolina: New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina

University of North Carolina: New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina. “‘Climbing the Hill: Women in the History of UNC’ focuses on women’s experiences at Carolina, covering a range of intersectional topics, including sexuality, race and age. The exhibition’s timeline begins before the admittance of the first female student, Mary McRae, in 1897, with artifacts including a dance card that men used to record their dance partners’ names when attending balls. Not only does the exhibition encompass the lives of women who lived on the Carolina campus, but it also looks at faculty, staff and the surrounding community. An example of this scope is a selection of books published by a 1970s and 1980s Carrboro-based children’s literature publishing company called Lollipop Power, Inc.”

Washington Post: U-Va. calls students back for fall, with assigned sinks, social distancing and other precautions

Washington Post: U-Va. calls students back for fall, with assigned sinks, social distancing and other precautions. “Wear masks. Keep your distance. Now comes another edict: Use your assigned sink. Students heading to college in the fall know they will face unprecedented pandemic rules meant to safeguard the campus from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among them is this one spelled out by the University of Virginia on Wednesday: Those who live in residence halls ‘will be assigned to specific sinks, stalls and showers.'”

The Courier: Abertay University opens up the institution’s fascinating collections to a public audience for the first time

The Courier: Abertay University opens up the institution’s fascinating collections to a public audience for the first time. “Hidden treasures, held for years in the archives of Abertay University, are being opened up to a public audience for the first time. The university has launched a new online archive and exhibition site, allowing people to explore its 133-year history from the comfort of their own homes.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required

Chronicle of Higher Education: In Some States This Fall, Masks at Public Colleges Will Be ‘Encouraged’ but Not Required. “Georgia plans to reopen its 26 public colleges and universities this fall without requiring face masks — despite clear evidence that they play a critical role in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The optional policy worries some faculty.”

India Education Diary: Royal Holloway University adapts all postgraduate courses to combine face to face and online teaching

India Education Diary: Royal Holloway University adapts all postgraduate courses to combine face to face and online teaching. “Royal Holloway, University of London, has adapted all postgraduate courses this year to ensure that students in India can confidently begin their studies with the university this September. The courses will combine face to face and online teaching and learning support.”

The Hill: DeVos issues rule barring colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to DACA recipients

The Hill: DeVos issues rule barring colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to DACA recipients. “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a rule Thursday that would ban colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to noncitizens, including those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.”

Phys .org: University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic

Phys .org: University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic. “A collaboration of universities in the U.K. and U.S. surveyed students on their levels of food insecurity during April, after universities in both nations ceased campus-based teaching. The preliminary findings outlined in the report, Food Insecurity and Lived Experiences of Students, reveal students have high levels of food insecurity and low levels of mental wellbeing, alongside a high level of lost jobs and income since the outbreak of COVID-19.”

CALIFORNIA: A (Virtual) Day in the Life of A Berkeley Student

CALIFORNIA: A (Virtual) Day in the Life of A Berkeley Student. “Under shelter-in-place our lives have gone digital: distance learning, virtual conferences, online cocktail hours, and more. As Internet usage is up, bandwidth has been strained. According to BroadbandNow, which provides comparison data about Internet service providers, average download speeds in Berkeley dropped 15 percent between February and March. At least we have ways of staying connected while remaining physically distant—even if it means some buffering. Here we imagine a day in the life of a Berkeley student.”

Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Masks required and fewer parties (allegedly): What college will look like this fall. “As more colleges and universities announce how and when they will resume operations — following the abrupt shutdowns of March — most are making clear that students will share in the duty of protecting classmates, faculty and staff from a contagious disease that has killed more than 100,000 Americans.”

Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Campus Technology)

Campus Technology: Updated: Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; others are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.”

University of Connecticut: UConn to Offer Collaborative Minor in Digital Public History

University of Connecticut: UConn to Offer Collaborative Minor in Digital Public History. “Two faculty have been awarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Connections program to develop a new undergraduate minor in digital public history. The new minor expands on the established field of public history by providing students with the humanities knowledge and a set of digital media tools necessary to succeed as scholars in a digital world. Students interested in the minor can begin taking the pre-requisite courses in Fall 2020.” I didn’t have a good idea of what public history is, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a great overview.

New York Times: Cambridge University Will Hold Its Lectures Online Next Year

New York Times: Cambridge University Will Hold Its Lectures Online Next Year. “Cambridge on Tuesday became the first British university to move all student lectures online for the coming academic year, underscoring the far-reaching changes the coronavirus is forcing on higher education institutions around the world.”