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 campus reopening woes to the benefits of active learning, we’ll highlight the essential educational topics you’ll want to read up on.

1. Joe Biden won—here’s what higher ed can expect: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Joe Biden will be America’s 46th president. Students can expect $10,000 in student-loan forgiveness, plus they could gain access to double the maximum value of Pell Grants. Public colleges could be tuition-free for families with incomes under US$125,000—pending Congress buy-in. International students will also face fewer barriers to attending college in the U.S.

Click here to learn more about what Joe Biden’s victory means for students.

2. Colleges have a mediocre view of campus reopenings: eCampus News

A Kaplan survey of admissions officers revealed that 51 percent gave their institution a ‘C’ grade when considering safety precautions, course delivery and communication with students during the fall 2020 term. Anecdotes from respondents revealed that colleges’ COVID testing plans weren’t thoroughly thought out. Plus, expecting students to stay in their dorms and only attend classes while on campus was unrealistic.

Click here to learn more about college reopenings this fall.

3. The power of peer interaction: Inside Higher Ed

Active learning is the key to keeping students engaged online—and new research reinforces that understanding. Data show that students who experienced planned peer interactions—such as small group activities—rate remote learning higher than those who only used polling software.

Click here to read more on the need for active learning.

4. Hosting class ‘after parties’ on Zoom: EdSurge

Community-building has gained new meaning with remote learning—but how do you create it on Zoom? Bonni Stachowiak, Dean of Teaching and Learning at Vanguard University, hosts Zoom ‘after parties’ where she summarizes portions of class readings and shares personal anecdotes tied to course content. Click here to learn more about how she connects with students.

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