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Rice, Houston Symphony study social distance for musicians

Researchers used high-speed cameras to measure airflow around musicians when they play their instruments.

HOUSTON — The Houston Symphony has become an example for other orchestras around the country.

They’re showing it’s possible to perform during a pandemic safely. Weekly performances resumed at Jones Hall in July.

“It was kind of emotional being back that first time for sure after being off. I think we were out of work for about three months or so,” said John Parker, Associate Principal Trumpet with the Houston Symphony.

Parker said he feels safe at work, because the safety protocols enacted during the pandemic are backed by research.

Engineers at Rice University partnered with the Houston Symphony to figure out how to bring performers back to the stage safely.

Researchers used high-speed cameras to measure airflow around musicians when they play their instruments.

“Most of these microparticles tend to rise up as soon as

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Stanford University Appears To Distance Itself From Scott Atlas After ‘Rise Up’ Tweet : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, speaks at a news conference in the briefing room of the White House in September.

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Stanford University appeared to distance itself from Dr. Scott Atlas, a prominent member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, following his remarks that residents of Michigan should “rise up” against the state’s new coronavirus restrictions.

University officials said in a statement that Atlas’ position was his alone, and his comments were “inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic.”

“Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear. We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing,”

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Stanford University Tries To Distance Itself From Scott Atlas

Stanford University is trying to distance itself from White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist and senior fellow at the University’s Hoover Institution, after he wrote a tweet that many interpreted as potentially inciting violence.

On Sunday, Atlas tweeted: “The only way this stops is if people rise up.” You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.” The tweet came in response to the announcement of new Covid-19 restrictions  made by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the latest attempt to slow the spread of the virus, which has surged to all-time-high levels in recent weeks.

Atlas’ comments were seen as particularly offensive because of the discovery last month that Governor Witmer was the target of a kidnapping plot allegedly orchestrated by more

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Walden University Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

Walden University has 50 years of experience in providing adult learners access to quality higher education through distance education and online learning,” says Dr. Ward Ulmer, president of Walden. “To celebrate National Distance Learning Week, our expert faculty and staff will be sharing best practices on timely topics such as addressing implicit bias in online learning and pivoting to a virtual environment during COVID-19.”

In addition to webinars, Walden will be hosting a Talks for Good virtual panel on “Online Learning in Higher Education” on November 12, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET. The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way students are learning around the world, especially at U.S. colleges and universities. Presidents from Marymount University, Kentucky State University and Walden University will discuss the challenges, benefits and future of online learning in higher education.

The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Leiba, a

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Jersey City man to go the distance in Run for Education

Michael Rolek has been addicted to running since he was a Freshman at Seton Hall Prep in 2000. As a husband, father and attorney, he runs to stay in shape, explore his limits, and keep off the pounds. On Sunday, Nov. 8, he’ll be running the perimeter of Manhattan to raise money for the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC), in connection with SFIC’s “A Run for Education.”

Rolek and his wife, Nicole, have been a Jersey City residents for three years, and now have a 2-year old daughter, Ryleigh. He lived in Hoboken for three years prior to moving to Jersey City and is a former elementary school teacher in Newark, where he taught at North Star Academy Elementary School from 2008 to 2010. He runs three to four days a week.

“I was a pretty small kid growing up,” said Rolek. “I became hooked on distance running

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Vitru Ranks #1 Pure Distance Learning Education Group in Brazil in its Market for Second Consecutive Year

FLORIANÓPOLIS, Brazil, Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vitru Limited, or Vitru (Nasdaq: VTRU), today announced that the Brazilian Ministry of Education (Ministério da Educação), or the MEC, released the data relating to the 2019 annual census of the undergraduate market in Brazil on October 23, 2020. Based on the newly-released data by MEC:

  • Vitru ranks #1 pure distance learning education group in the postsecondary distance learning education market in Brazil (considering only participants in the Brazilian education market with at least 95% of students engaged in distance learning) based on the number of enrolled undergraduate students for the second consecutive year.

  • Vitru ranks #2 distance learning postsecondary education group in Brazil based on the number of enrolled undergraduate students (up from #3 in 2018).

  • Between 2018 and 2019, the Brazilian distance learning market in terms of enrolled students grew 21.7%, while Vitru grew 38.2%

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University of Mumbai’s distance education institute gets UGC nod to conduct admissions for academic year 2020-21





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In a relief to students seeking admission to distance learning courses of the University of Mumbai (MU), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has allowed the varsity’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) to go ahead with admissions for the academic year 2020-21.

The approval from UGC is applicable to 15 distance learning courses offered by IDOL including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science (BSc), among others.

“We will soon begin the admission process,” the university said in a statement released on Friday. Last year, more than 67,000 students were admitted in the July session, while 920 students took admissions in the January session.

IDOL had lost its recognition from the UGC – the apex higher education institute – in 2018, as MU did not have an accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) since 2012.

However,

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University of Mumbai’s distance education institute releases new dates for online exams – cities

University of Mumbai’s (MU) Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) released the exam schedule for the upcoming online exams on Sunday.

These exams had to be rescheduled after the first session was marred by technical glitches that left around 9,000 third-year Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) students unable to appear for the tests online.

“Backlog exams will commence from October 19 and the first three papers will be conducted on Google forms, with the help of all IDOL teaching staff,” read a statement released by the institute late on Sunday.

The statement further read that all fresh third-year BCom and BA exams, scheduled to start from October 26, will be conducted online.

The second-year Master of Arts (MA) exam will commence from November 2, while the Master of Commerce (MCom) exams will start on November 6.

“Practice exams for the same will be held soon,”

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Ashford University Faculty Member Receives Support Service Award from Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Martin McAuliffe, J.D., Associate Professor of Social and Criminal Justice at Ashford University, is the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Support Service Award from the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL), a professional association for those engaged or interested in distance education.

McAuliffe has taught at Ashford since 2005, when he joined the University as an adjunct faculty member teaching online criminal justice, law, ethics, history, and introductory courses. In 2012, he became a full-time associate professor teaching criminal justice, law, and ethics. During his tenure at Ashford, McAuliffe has led efforts in curriculum review and redesign, including assisting with the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program review process; faculty evaluation, coaching, and mentoring; and collaboration in the development

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Ashford University Courses Receive Honors from Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Four courses at Ashford University have received 2020 College Level Course honors from the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL), a professional association for those engaged or interested in distance education.

“Ashford has a long history of providing students with innovative, quality academic programs that integrate current technology and are taught by experienced, dedicated faculty,” said Dr. Craig Swenson, President of Ashford University. “We are proud to receive these honors from our ADEIL peers, and to be recognized for our work in course design and development.”

Four of Ashford’s courses were honored with acceptance into the juried ADEIL 2020 Course Showcase as part of the association’s annual conference United Together: Enhancing the Quality of Online Learning on October 16, 2020, where

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