The higher ed landscape is constantly evolving—and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we’ve started Education on Education: a series dedicated to the top trending stories in higher ed this week. Ranging from tuition freezes to instructional design challenges, we’ll highlight the essential educational topics you’ll want to read up on.

1. GW tells students to prepare for election unrest: Inside Higher Ed

Schools nationwide have braced for civil unrest this week. Prior to election day, George Washington University sent out warning emails to all students encouraging them to prepare for election week by stocking up on food and medication. Students were also reminded to review their First Amendment rights should they choose to participate in protests. Professors can do their part to support students this week by leading with empathy.

Click here to learn how universities plan to support students this week.

2. 9 student observations about online learning: eCampus News

Students miss the accessibility and social connection that came with on-campus learning. In this piece from eCampus, they shared that engagement and community need to be taken seriously online. Students also want their professors to use different teaching mediums.

Click here to learn more about the student experience with e-learning. And stay tuned for our forthcoming field report highlighting students’ thoughts on how the semester has gone so far.

3. Tuition rises at historically low rate amid pandemic: Inside Higher Ed

A record-high number of postsecondary institutions reduced or froze tuition this year. The average sticker price at public, four-year colleges for in-state students stayed the same in 10 states. The cost for two-year in-district programs froze in 14 states.

Click here to learn more about tuition freezes at colleges.

4. The staff are not ok: The Chronicle of Higher Education

When it comes to technology use or policies, instructional designers are the unsung heroes. Lee Skallerup Bessette, a learning design specialist at Georgetown University, writes that this is emotionally taxing work that can be easily overlooked.

Click here to learn more about the instructional design experience.

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