World Economic Forum: How a top Chinese university is responding to coronavirus

World Economic Forum: How a top Chinese university is responding to coronavirus. “The deadly coronavirus outbreak presents a host of challenges for different sectors of society. University campuses with their congregate settings are considered particularly susceptible to contagion. As China continues to battle the epidemic, universities across the country have followed public health guidance to shut campuses.”

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?

Palo Alto Online: Anonymous Confessions pages are surging in popularity on high school and college campuses. Why?. “In September, [Sergio] Charles started Cardinal Confessions, a Facebook page for students to anonymously share confessions of all kinds, both light-hearted and serious — stress, insecurities, relationship angst, questions about a course or grades, politics, campus gossip. He wanted to create a positive online community that would open up real-life conversations and create connections on a campus well-known for ‘duck syndrome’ — a metaphor for students, like ducks, acting calm on the surface but paddling furiously to stay afloat (even though ducks are inherently buoyant).”

Nature: Free lists of grants and fellowships around the world available online

Nature: Free lists of grants and fellowships around the world available online. “Early-career researchers worldwide are are availing themselves of an important but formerly obscure resource: three downloadable databases of hundreds of global funding opportunities and fellowships.”

The Next Web: Purdue offers online students a VR graduation ceremony

The Next Web: Purdue offers online students a VR graduation ceremony. “Purdue University is offering some of its online students the chance to walk the stage at this week’s commencement ceremonies with the help of virtual reality. They’ll get the full experience, down to a Purdue-branded VR headset.”

There’s a new hub for student dissent: college meme groups on Facebook (Mashable)

Mashable: There’s a new hub for student dissent: college meme groups on Facebook. “Nearly 60 years ago, Jack Weinberg, a U.C. Berkeley student whose arrest spurred the era-defining Free Speech Movement, made a simple, somewhat tossed-off, comment to a reporter: ‘Don’t trust anyone over 30.’ In the process, he helped further ignite a generational wedge that sticks with us today, marking college campuses and the young people they contain as the initiators and supporters of a host of social movements, from anti-war protests to Occupy Wall Street. In the 2020s, there’s a new student movement afoot…online. (And in some cases, it’s the main thing keeping college students on Facebook.)”

Photonics: VR Classroom Immerses Students in Nanotechnology

Photonics: VR Classroom Immerses Students in Nanotechnology. “In a custom-developed virtual reality (VR) classroom at the University of Arizona, students can pick up and examine scaled-up versions of nanosize objects. The classroom is part of Nano 2020, a University of Arizona-led initiative to develop curriculum and technology focused on educating students in the rapidly expanding role of nanotechnology within the fields of agriculture and the life sciences.”

‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media. “Universities increasingly recognise the value in academics having a social media presence – it helps recruit students, disseminate research and increase brand awareness. They also, generally, recognise that you don’t achieve this by tightly controlling what academics say – they need to find their own voice. ‘But when that individual voice is in conflict with the official brand it creates a tension,’ says Martin Weller, professor of educational technology at the Open University.”