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May 14, 2020
The Great Online Pivot and What Comes Next
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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After making an unprecedented shift to move instruction online earlier this year, faculty members and college leaders are now scrambling to prepare and improve online learning options for the fall.

In this podcast, Myk Garn of the University System of Georgia discusses the potential of hybrid learning, social engagement online, and how microlearning might expand during these unusual times.

Why Students Want Tuition Refunds Over Shift to Online Teaching
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Should colleges be giving students a partial refund on tuition since their campuses were forced to shift teaching online for the COVID-19 pandemic?

Some students think so, and lately their calls for refunds have been getting louder. Petition movements at more than 200 campuses are calling for partial refunds of tuition, typically asking for 50 percent back. And some student protesters are now even filing class-action lawsuits in an attempt to force colleges to return part of the tuition money.

The HyFlex Option for Instruction If Campuses Open This Fall
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Around the country, and the world, college and university leadership teams are immersed in high-stakes discussions about whether and how to physically open their campuses to students this fall in a way that is both physically safe and educationally sound.

The HyFlex course model is getting buzz as one way colleges could educate students if their campuses are open but physical distancing remains. Several experts offer their thoughts on the pros and cons.

'College Can Wait': With Families Struggling, Colorado Students Are Working to Help Make Ends Meet
Erica Breunlin, The Colorado Sun
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The money Jessica Tario earns—$13 an hour—as a cashier at Walmart isn’t entirely hers to keep. The high school senior uses some of it to help her family with living expenses.

High school administrators and teachers are seeing more students stepping up and working to help support their families throughout the economic downturn. For some students, the need to work is placing a fork in their path as they eye life after graduation: Do they prioritize working for the sake of a paycheck or do they continue on with more schooling?

Students’ Internships Are Disappearing. Can Virtual Models Replace Them?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Five Ways Higher Ed Could Change in the Fall
Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media
Opinion: Values-Centered Instructional Planning
Robin DeRosa, Inside Higher Ed
Addressing Mental Health Issues During the Pandemic
Martha Parham, Community College Daily
How Community Colleges Solve Remote Learning Challenges
Jacquelyn Bengfort, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
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