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VidCon Extends Online Programming Year-Round, To Go Hybrid In Late 2021

After a summer-long virtual version of its sprawling influencer conferences, ViacomCBS-owned VidCon announced plans to shift to a hybrid online and live model beginning in the second half of next year. It also will begin creating online programming year-round, reshaping the events-driven company into an online content creator.

“We took advantage of the fact that we had a pause,” said Jim Louderback, VidCon’s general manager. “We could have sat there and licked our wounds, or we could try and build something new and try and figure out where the world was going to be when we got on the other side of this. And that’s what we did.”

Beginning in the second half of 2021, the company will, wherever possible, layer online experiences and content atop its live, in-person events in the United States, Asia, Mexico and Europe. In the meantime, VidCon will continue creating

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  • October 20, 2020
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UND to continue with hybrid learning after Thanksgiving

In an email to the campus community, UND indicated it has been monitoring its COVID-19 response closely and has been “pleased with the efforts of our UND community working together to test, isolate and quarantine as necessary and practicing COVID-19 safe behaviors.”

“Because of this and its impact in reducing the number of positive cases, the university has decided we will continue in our current hybrid mode (offering both on campus and online classes) after the Thanksgiving holiday,” the campus note said.

Faculty members are to confirm with their department head and dean if they intend to move their courses online after Thanksgiving, which follows current protocol, according to the university. Faculty are to make these decisions no later than Friday, Oct. 2, to allow students and families to make appropriate travel plans.

All finals will be online only.

UND President Andrew Armacost said in August that the university would

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  • October 4, 2020
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Canyon’s electric car-bike hybrid concept might just be crazy enough to work

As we experience a global pandemic, the ever present climate crisis, and overcrowding in cities, the way we get around isn’t changing because it can, it’s changing because it has to.

Some vehicles of our near future appear to be more certain to succeed than others. Ebikes and electric cars are carving themselves a niche as transport options that are more sustainable than outgoing fossil fuel based alternatives.

Escooter sharing schemes are having a moment, too. It’s too soon to tell how they’ll pan out, but the schemes were recently fast-tracked to British streets to offer socially distanced mobility options amid the coronavirus pandemic.

[Read: The confusing but cute 3 wheel Solo EV is finally in production]

All of these options still come with compromises. Cars are massive and aren’t a great option for traveling through the busy cities. Smaller, more agile, ebikes are great for transporting people, but leave

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  • September 1, 2020
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Newport News considering virtual, hybrid options for school; final decision Aug. 4

Students could return to school either virtually or two days a week under a proposal presented Monday evening to the Newport News School Board.

The board will decide Aug. 4.

They are not considering bringing students back full-time.

“We were well aware that we would not be able to accommodate 100% of our students reporting to our school buildings every day and continue to meet the safety guidelines necessary to keep staff and students,” Superintendent George Parker said.

Parker presented three options to the school board in the virtual meeting in a presentation that was still being tinkered with until shortly before the meeting started. The district is launching a student, family and staff survey Tuesday to collect more feedback.

The first is an all-virtual start for the first nine weeks of the semester, through Nov. 2. Families of special education students and those learning English might choose to participate

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Chicago offers hybrid plan for return to school

CHICAGO — Most Chicago children would return to the classroom two days a week and spend the other three days learning remotely once the school year begins, under a tentative plan outlined Friday.

Chicago Public Schools officials called the hybrid approach a preliminary framework and asked parents, students and staff of nation’s third-largest school district to weigh in.

A final decision about in-person instruction for fall classes won’t come until late August, with classes set to begin Sept. 8.

“We have to be ready for any possibility,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “COVID-19 has been unpredictable from the start and we have a responsibility to be prepared for what the public health indicators dictate, whether that means remote learning, in-person learning or something in between.”

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ICE says students taking ‘hybrid’ classes may be able to stay in the US, but it won’t tell colleges what that means

Many universities including NYU, which is home to over 17,000 international students, plan to operate under a hybrid model in the fall.
Many universities including NYU, which is home to over 17,000 international students, plan to operate under a hybrid model in the fall.

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  • New guidelines from ICE prevent international students on certain visas from attending schools that are fully online, but may allow them to remain if they’re taking a mixture of online and in-person classes.

  • Many universities have announced they will use a “hybrid model,” combining both in-person and online courses for the upcoming academic year.

  • With “very little information” included in the announcement, however, the new policy lacks clarity in what may be required for a hybrid model, a Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at ACLU told Business Insider.

  • A number of faculty have spoken out on social media that they will offer “1-unit in-person study with any student that faces removal from the country” due to the new policy. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Universities have

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