The higher ed landscape is constantly evolving—and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we’ve started Education on Education: a series dedicated to the top trending stories in higher ed this week. Ranging from accessibility in the classroom to engaging assessments, we’ll highlight the essential educational topics you’ll want to read up on.

1. Number of international students in US declines for first time in over a decade: Education Dive

Data show that international student enrollment at U.S. colleges dropped by 1.8 percent over 2019–20. This is the first decline since the 2005–06 school year. The number of jobs created or supported by foreign students also dropped by 9.2 percent this year. Students have faced academic, social and economic challenges, all of which are captured in Top Hat’s new student survey.

Click here to learn more about international student enrollment.

2. Meet COVID-19’s freshman class: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Research shows that the first six weeks of college are crucial for developing a sense of belonging. However, freshmen now experience isolation, anxiety and few extracurricular offerings—on top of health and employment concerns. First-year enrollment is down 16 percent this fall compared to fall 2019.

Click here to learn more about how freshmen are faring.

3. Video lectures are ‘confusing’ and ‘almost laughable,’ say deaf university students: Vice

Online learning hasn’t been easy—especially for deaf students. These learners say that it’s hard to follow inaccurate transcripts and watch poorly recorded lectures with no subtitles. Others state that their concerns have been overlooked by their universities. Accessibility and equity concerns have only been magnified with online learning.

Click here to learn more about accessibility concerns with e-learning.

4. Keeping students engaged: how to rethink your assessments amidst the shift to online learning: Faculty Focus

Student assessments can often be dry—but alternative testing methods help learning stay fresh and fun. Self-assessments allow students to have a say in their final grade. Authentic assessments help students apply lessons to real-world scenarios through portfolios or debates.

Click here to learn more about student-centered assessments.

And stay tuned for our new guide packed with transparent and equitable assessment strategies.

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