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Philadelphia Region edition

Philadelphia Region edition

Monday, April 20, 2020



Ten student teams compete for $25,000 prize pool in the Nittany AI Challenge

Ten student teams will be funded to use AI for Good to build and submit a minimum viable product in the Nittany AI Challenge for a chance to compete for a portion of a $25,000 prize pool. Students were invited to submit their ideas to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change.   Full story

The Pennsylvania State University seal on a pillar outside the HUB-Robeson Center.

Penn State to receive $55M from federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Penn State is slated to receive just shy of $55 million from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of $14 billion in support for postsecondary institutions and their students under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Of that nearly $55 million, half of the money — or approximately $27.5 million — will be earmarked for emergency financial aid grants for Penn State students.   Full story

Old Main Bell on Penn State University Park campus

Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country.  Full story

A laptop screen displaying the words Engaging Students Series: Blending Asynchronous and Synchronous Teaching

Faculty sessions offered on ways to blend asynchronous and synchronous teaching

As Penn State prepares to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer, Teaching and Learning with Technology is hosting a series focused on engaging students in synchronous and asynchronous online environments through course revisions. These sessions will introduce synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning considerations, promote the alignment of technology tools with learning outcomes, and allow for revisions together with support from consultants and colleagues.   Full story