Academics on Twitter disperse in wake of Musk takeover


Whether Twitter is destined for a fast, slow or no downfall at all remains to be seen. But some in academe aren’t waiting: they are heading for Mastodon or other platforms.

This photograph taken on November 7, 2022 shows the logos of social networks Twitter and Mastodon reflected in smartphone screens, in Paris.

Professors and academics will stay on Twitter—for now

Academics who tweet are weighing the opportunity costs of leaving Twitter while looking into other social media platforms. But few are fleeing the digital gathering space in which they have invested so much—at least not yet.


Work-life balance seeps into discussions on leadership, too


A discussion about senior-level careers in technology reflects larger debates in higher ed and society about work-life balance, different styles of leadership and—only subtly—gender.

Anonymous Businesswoman Analyzing Statistical Business Reports on her Tablet PC at the Office, a Close Up

Colleges go offbeat for cybersecurity training


To appeal to students’ and employees’ “hearts and minds,” campus tech leaders experiment with unconventional strategies: festivals, art installations and role-playing games.

Cybersecurity clowns at Notre Dame's cybersecurity festival. One is wearing a red wig and red nose, and he has a QR code on his rainbow tie-dye shirt.

Survey on Campus Technology: Student Priorities and Problems

62% of students surveyed worry little (or not at all) about their college being targeted by cybersecurity breaches or cyberattacks, even though they could jeopardize their personal data.

Students value connectivity, convenience and being consulted about technology but have little concern about protecting institutional networks.

A student looks at an illuminated digital sign.

More traditional-age students enroll at fully online universities

Tens of thousands of 18- to 24-year-olds are now enrolling at Western Governors, Southern New Hampshire and other national online institutions. Does this represent a change in student behavior?

A student wearing headphones sits at a laptop.

The needs and preferences of fully online learners: a survey

Students who actively choose virtual programs because their work or family lives demand it are more satisfied with their online studies than they were before the pandemic, a new survey finds.

A student in a graduation gown holds a baby and is surrounded by family members.

Study links completion gains to taking (some) online courses

Black, Hispanic and low-income community college students who take up to half their courses online increase their odds of completing degrees, a working paper finds. Fully online learners are less likely to earn a credential.

Four students sit on the steps of an academic building; one is holding a laptop.

University confirms cyberattack after weeks of rumors


For three weeks, Whitworth University stayed mostly mum about network and website outages, prompting speculation about ransomware and frustrating professors and students. Wednesday it acknowledged a cyberattack.

A webpage with the Whitworth University logo and four links—one each for “general information,” “prospective students,” “new and returning students,” and “alumni and parents.”

College in the metaverse is here. Is higher ed ready?

Proponents say virtual reality boosts student engagement and achievement. Others worry it may prioritize corporate profits and violate student privacy. As 10 metaversities launch this fall, the details are being worked out in real time.

A person wearing a virtual reality headset.


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