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Password education should be age-appropriate: here’s how

Our set of best practice principles should help adults to teach the principles to children in an age-appropriate way. Shutterstock

Our set of best practice principles should help adults to teach the principles to children in an age-appropriate way. Shutterstock Karen Renaud, Rhodes University and Suzanne Prior, Abertay University Children are increasingly being exposed to, and using, technology from a very young age. This has never been more true than in 2020 when the vast majority of children worldwide have …

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Lab experiments in the pandemic moved online or mailed home to uni students

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<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/338458/original/file-20200529-51449-15pz5hk.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=29%2C29%2C4542%2C2807&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>hxdbzxy/Shutterstock</span></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/brian-abbey-104998″>Brian Abbey</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/david-hoxley-1083894″>David Hoxley</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em></span> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken university education, with most teaching moved off campus and students learning online at home.</p> <p>But a cornerstone of undergraduate science education has been a challenge: the laboratory class.</p> <p>The real …

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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

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Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months. More recently, a data breach has affected 444,000 users of ProctorU. Universities, including several Australian ones, use this online tool to supervise students sitting exams from home. Personal records from ProctorU …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

Al-Madina free school governor Abdullah Shahjan was told his school was disfunctional. Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dennis Hayes, University of Derby The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear to say …

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A place for people to pray and birds to sing

“At the very core, the mosque is the sacred place of Islam. It is where men and women and children go to pray,” says University of Michigan art history professor Christiane Gruber. But, according to her research, some make room for other, non-human creatures too. Images: Flickr/Arian Zwegers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/azweger… Wikimedia/Patrickringgenberg: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi… Pixabay/Public Domain: https://www.maxpixel.net/Religious-Ma… Pixabay/Konevi: https://pixabay.com/photos/kaaba-the-… Flickr/Jan Smith: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2608579… Wikimedia/Mstyslav …

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University education in refugee camps must meet refugee needs

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Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages Paul O’Keeffe, Université de Genève and Abdeljalil Akkari, Université de Genève In recent years there’s been an increasing demand for higher education in refugee camps across Africa. This is because young people in camps (or coming into camps) are finishing school or looking for something to do, and because humanitarian-development initiatives promote education …

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legacy”>Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical …

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Why is Eid celebrated twice a year and how has coronavirus changed the festival?

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi Ken Chitwood, Concordia College New York Editor’s note: At sundown on July 30, Muslims all over the world celebrated one of the principal festivals, Eid al-Adha. Earlier in May, Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr. Ken Chitwood, a scholar of global Islam, explains the two Islamic …

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