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 new communication techniques to lessons learnt from teaching online, we’ll highlight the essential educational topics you’ll want to read up on.

1. The unsettled semester: The Chronicle of Higher Education

This fall semester is hardly what Jessica Orozco pictured. The Ohio State student is grappling with mental health struggles, mixed with paranoia during her in-person courses. Studying from home has meant the boundaries between her academic and personal lives have blurred. Learn more about Orozco’s challenges this term here.

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2. Pass-fail hardball: Inside Higher Ed

Students are seeking a repeat of the pass-fail grading options they experienced in the spring. Some institutions like the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina aren’t on board. Others like the University of Michigan have adapted their grading policy to give students some relief.

Click here to learn more about grading changes this semester.

3. Evolving campus communications for the COVID era: Inside Higher Ed

To create a sense of belonging amongst students, instructors must choose learning platforms that allow for live discussions and content sharing. Building these virtual communities can further connect learners regardless of time zone, program or language.

Click here for more on fostering student community from a distance.

4. Three more tips for teaching in a virtual classroom: Inside Higher Ed

Teaching during a pandemic has proved to be an eye-opening experience for some professors. J. Mark McFadden, an English and public speaking teacher at Gateway Community College, writes that instructors should develop a COVID student netiquette and form diverse breakout rooms.

Click here to learn more about thoughtful teaching practices.

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