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A student wears virtual reality goggles and headphones as part of a digital learning experience. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

5 challenges of doing college in the metaverse

There are benefits to taking college classes in the metaverse, but there are also potential problems.
International students living abroad who face unpredictable pandemic travel restrictions during holidays may be feeling vulnerable, and reaching out is important. (Shutterstock)

Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

Peer support, opportunities to engage in responses to combat racism and bias and culturally responsive counselling are important for the mental health and well-being of international students.
Would anyone want to spend more screen time talking about pandemics? Yes, learned an anthropologist, biologist and historian who developed a course on the topic. (Shutterstock)

A university course on pandemics: What we learned when 80 experts, 300 alumni and 600 students showed up

The course offers a model for teaching about complex problems, and underlines the critical role of university learning, research and outreach in understanding and addressing them.
Over 5,000 student-athletes were directly affected by a recent wave of shutdowns of intercollegiate sports teams. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Colleges are eliminating sports teams – and runners and golfers are paying more of a price than football or basketball players

Shutting down sports teams can save schools millions of dollars but create longer-term challenges for enrollment, fundraising and campus life.
An orientation week organizer wearing a shirt promoting physical distancing of two metres sits in a new outdoor ampitheatre at Université de Sherbrooke piloted this past fall. (Michel Caron/UdeS )

Outdoor education at universities can be a positive legacy of COVID-19

Université de Sherbrooke introduced 10 new outdoor classrooms during COVID-19 and created a guide about outdoor teaching. It will fine-tune outdoor teaching in response to student feedback.

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