Coronavirus: University teaching to move online from 9 December

Universities in Northern Ireland are to move all teaching online by 9 December to allow students to return home for Christmas.

Students have also been advised to take a Covid-19 test before they return to their family home.

testing is being offered to students
at Queen’s and Ulster Universities.

The Christmas guidance for students in Northern Ireland was published by the executive on Friday.

Many students were already learning remotely as many degree courses were being taught online, although thousands remain on campus.

Face-to-face teaching has continued in some subjects where it is regarded as necessary.

A small number of those courses may be able to continue to hold classes on campus after 9 December.

But students have been told that if they remain on campus after 9 December they may be in a situation where they have to self-isolate over Christmas.

Rapid Covid-19 testing is available for students at Queen’s University’s main campus and the Magee and Coleraine campuses of Ulster University.

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Queen’s has been offering testing to students

“This will reduce the risk to your friends and family,” the new guidance said.

“These tests are only suitable if you do not have any symptoms of Covid-19.

“If you have Covid-19 symptoms must book a coronavirus test in the normal way.

“If you remain at university after 9 December you are at risk of having to undertake a period of isolation if you contract Covid-19 or are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.

“This would result in you being unable to travel home in time for Christmas.

“All students should aim to reduce their social contacts during the 14 day period prior to their intended travel date.”

Thousands of
Northern Ireland students at universities elsewhere in the UK
have begun to return home for the Christmas break.

Some may not return to university until February as
start dates for the new term have been staggered

But it is still not clear what arrangements for the start of the term of the university term in January will be in place in Northern Ireland.

‘Students deserve better’

While the guidance on Christmas travel has been welcomed by the National Union of Students and Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI), its president Ellen Fearon has criticised the absence of a plan for January.

“It is now crucial that the government turns its attention to semester two by developing a national strategy to support students through the rest of this pandemic and creating clear guidance for the higher education sector,” she said.

“Students who are making plans to travel home need to know now what their studies in January will look like so that they can decide where the best place is for them to continue their studies.

“Students deserve better than a repeat of a chaos and confusion we saw in September.”

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UA’s acquisition of online Ashford University and its 35,000 students, completed | College

The University of Arizona has completed its acquisition of Ashford University and has named several leaders for its Global Campus.

The UA has completed its acquisition of Ashford University and has named several leaders for its Global Campus.

The University of Arizona Global Campus will now oversee Ashford University, which serves about 35,000 students with online courses. The UA acquired the university, which is based in the San Diego area, from Zovio Inc.

On Tuesday, Nivine Megahed was appointed chair of the Global Campus board of directors and Paul Pastorek was selected as interim CEO.

The board appointed Craig Swenson as Global Campus president.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, which accredits the Global Campus, recently approved the UA acquiring Ashford.

Megahed, an independent appointee to the previously announced nine-member board of directors, will serve as chair for one year.

Megahed, president of National Louis University in Chicago, is a clinical psychologist and has more than 30 years of experience in education.

Pastorek, who formerly served as acting chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Loyola University in New Orleans, state superintendent of schools in Louisiana and general counsel for NASA, is transitioning to Global Campus interim CEO from Global Campus interim president.

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Up to 50% of university students unhappy with online learning, regulator finds

A “very large proportion” of university students do not like online learning and “do not wish to ever experience it again”, according to a wide-ranging report from the higher education regulator.

A review of student feedback has identified remote learning as “a problem” if it continues into 2021, after universities adopted it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students said it resulted in a “lack of engagement”, less time overall in class, isolation from their peers, IT issues, and made examinations and assessments particularly difficult and potentially unfair.

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Particular degrees like engineering, science, visual and performing arts were also especially affected by the lack of practical learning.

In recent months, Western Australia’s Murdoch University and Curtin University have announced that they will maintain online-only classes in 2021. At Murdoch, lectures will be online while “most” tutorials will remain face-to-face, and there will be more physical classes in fields of medicine, molecular and forensic sciences. Curtin plans to make all lectures online under a draft proposal.

The report, from the national Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, collected feedback surveys from 118 higher education providers across semester one.

It found that between 33% and 50% of students were unhappy with online learning.

“A very large proportion of respondents … commented that they did not like the experience of online learning and did not wish to ever experience it again,” the report said.

“These are large numbers across the sector and present a problem if the transition to online study must remain well into 2021.”

While the report said that most responses to online learning were positive, “a significant percentage … indicated that they did not wish to continue with remote study and wished to return to a face-to-face experience as soon as possible”.

The TEQSA also flagged a “somewhat disturbing” finding that many students did not want to use their video in online classes because they were ashamed about the appearance of their homes, or the presence of family members, after they were suddenly forced to take all classes from home.

When asked what “did not work well”, 41% of respondents reported IT problems, 34% said there was a lack of academic interaction, 30% said the assessments caused issues and 29% said there was a lack of engagement.

Fifteen per cent of respondents said online learning created issues with isolation, finance and their housing or home environment.

Between 20% and 22% of students had a positive response, and said they liked the “flexible access to materials” provided by online learning.

However, students also reported that the length of their online classes was shorter than their face-to-face classes, but they also had to do more work.

“Significant” issues were raised degrees like engineering or visual arts, that had important practical elements, or the final “capstone” years of other degrees, that often required internships or practical skills.

“It was reported many times that the duration of classes … was

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Ashford University’s 2020 Teaching and Learning Conference Examines Critical Issues in Online Higher Education

Throughout the conference, participants joined three keynote addresses, four featured speakers, six panel discussions, and 120 presenters representing 14 institutions to create actionable ideas that explore the value of traditional liberal arts versus career-focused curricula. These discussions were guided with this question in mind: “Must education in the 21st century take an either/or approach to what will prepare students to be ethical and productive contributors to society?”

TLC’s keynote speakers encouraged conference attendees to consider this question with creativity, empathy, and purpose throughout the discussions and panels. Keynote speaker Larry Robertson, award-winning author, strategist, and innovation advisor at Lighthouse Consulting, opened the conference by offering a framework for resiliency through creative experimentation during challenging times in higher education. During his keynote address, Dr. Craig Swenson, President of Ashford University, encouraged conference attendees to consider how education helps to preserve democracy throughout our nation’s evolution. Dr. Warren Hayman, scholar, writer, and activist and the coordinator of the Urban Education Leadership doctoral program at Morgan State University in Baltimore; and, Morgan State doctoral candidate Kamaria Massey, closed TLC with a concrete action plan for overcoming implicit bias and creating successful learning environments for students of color.

The conference also featured a ceremony to honor the winners of Ashford University’s 2020 Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, who are nominated by their peers in the department and college leadership. This year’s honorees include:

  • Dr. Stephanie Mungle – Center for the Enhancement of the First-Year Experience
  • Kim Kenyon – Department of Education and Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Lauren Hall-Davis – Department of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Heather Frederick – Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Amine Dehmani – Department of Technology Studies
  • Dr. Millicent Addo – Department of Organizational Studies
  • Dr. David Mackusick – Department of Advanced Management Studies
  • Jerry Spight – Department of Professional Studies

Ashford offers TLC participants and the general public additional opportunities for ongoing engagement with conference presenters and attendees, including an official conference social media hashtag (#ashfordtlc), and insightful content populated on the TLC Thought Leaders Blog. Recordings of each TLC 2020 session also are available on Ashford’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning YouTube page.

About Ashford University
Ashford University is a recognized leader and innovator in distance learning and online education. Ashford is designed to meet the needs of working students, offering programs most often sought by those whose primary educational goals relate to developing professional and career-relevant competencies. Flexible schedules, innovative delivery, and accessible academic support tools help working students balance busy lives with academic studies. Ashford offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. For more information, please visit, or

Ashford Media Contact: Pat Ogden
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Online Education Market – Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast 2019 – 2026 – – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “Online Education Market – By Product, By Vertical, and By Region: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast 2019 – 2026” report has been added to’s offering.

This report analyzes and estimates the online education market at global, regional, and country level. Assessment of the global online education analysis provides detailed insights of the market growth and restraining factors along with their impact analysis at global level from 2020 to 2026.

The report includes in-depth analysis of the strategies adopted by utmost competitors in the global online education market. The research study contains market attractiveness analysis, wherein segment product, technology, vertical, and regional segments are benchmarked on the basis of their market size and growth rate.

The research study provides a decisive view on the global online education market based on product, technology, vertical, and region. All the segments of online education market have been analyzed based on the past, present, and future trends. The market is estimated from 2020-2026. The regional segmentation consists the past, present, and forecasted demand for Middle East & Africa, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe. The regional segment is further divided into the U.S., UK, France, Germany, China, Japan, India, and Brazil among others.

Detailed analysis of major market players in the global online education market includes their financial overview, business strategies, new developments, and the product offered by them in the market.

This will help in analyzing the market competition are Lynda.Com, Pearson PLC, McGraw-Hill Education, Blackboard Inc., Aptara Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., Docebo, Edmodo, PowerSchool Group LLC, Tata Interactive Systems among others.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1. Preface

Chapter 2. Executive Summary

Chapter 3. Global Online Education Market- Industry Analysis

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Industry ecosystem analysis

3.3. Deployment landscape

3.4. Online Education Market: Market Dynamics

3.5. Market Drivers

3.5.1. Growing demand to reduce the cost of education

3.5.2. Increasing penetration of smartphones and the Internet

3.6. Restraints

3.6.1. Availability of abundant free content and lack of awareness

3.7. Opportunity

3.7.1. Market Opportunity Analysis

3.8. Porter’s Five forces Analysis

3.9. Market Attractiveness Analysis

Chapter 4. Global Online Education Market-Competitive Landscape

4.1. Company Market Share Analysis

4.1.1. Global Online Education Market: Company Market Share, 2019

4.2. Strategic Development

4.2.1. Acquisitions & Mergers

4.2.2. New Product Segment Launches

4.2.3. Agreements, Partnerships, collaborations and Joint Ventures

4.2.4. Research and Development and Regional Expansion

4.3. Price Trend Analysis

Chapter 5. Global Online Education Market-Product Segment Analysis

5.1. Global Online Education Market Overview: by Product Segment

5.2. Content

5.3. Services

Chapter 6. Global Online Education Market-technology Segment Analysis

6.1. Global Online Education Market Overview: by technology Segment

6.2. Mobile Learning

6.3. Learning Management System

6.4. Virtual Class

6.5. Others

Chapter 7. Global Online Education Market-Vertical Segment Analysis

7.1. Global Online Education Market Overview: by Vertical Segment

7.2. K-12

7.3. Higher Education

7.4. Corporate

7.5. Others

Chapter 8. Global Online Education Market-Regional Segment Analysis

Chapter 9. Company Profiles

9.1. Lynda.Com

9.2. Pearson PLC

9.3. McGraw-Hill Education

9.4. Blackboard Inc.

9.5. Aptara Inc.

9.6. Adobe

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Ulster University Business School supports regional upskilling and reskilling with funded online courses

Funded by the Department for the Economy, the online business related courses will upskill and retrain individuals impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ulster University Business School is deeply committed to supporting regional recovery from the current pandemic, ensuring that individuals can transform their careers through having the right skills and capabilities.

There are 200 places available on three courses, which are strategically aligned with emerging skill requirements, bridging skills gaps and building future talent pipelines. The courses provide practical and timely opportunities for those whose job role and / or business has been affected by the pandemic.

Professor Gillian Armstrong, Director of Business Engagement, Ulster University Business School commented:

“We are delighted to offer these new online courses to help support individuals and businesses during this difficult time and have made a concerted effort across Departments to respond quickly. The courses provide a unique opportunity for individuals to utilise the unsettled period to gain commercially relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours, whilst gaining confidence and an opportunity to experience new ways of learning collaboratively within education currently”.

Niamh McBride, Business Development Manager at Tobermore is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis and Consulting. She said:

“As my career in the events industry was halted, the funded DfE programmes with Ulster University Business School couldn’t have come at a better time. The programme has developed my project management and business knowledge and transferred them into an analysis and consultancy framework; helping me explore the how and why of business success and business growth.  More recently, I was able to use these skills to move into my current new role in Business Development and the flexible delivery mode means I can still complete the programme. If anything, Covid-19 is giving us all an opportunity to retrain, learn and develop new knowledge and skills, a silver lining to 2020 in my case!”

Business courses available for January 2021 include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Understanding International Business)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Enabling Business Recovery)
  • Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (Transformational Management in a Digital World)

The Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (Transformational Management in a Digital World) was designed in collaboration with Digital DNA and Belfast Metropolitan College to meet the evolving needs of NI companies. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated both the speed and scale of technological adoption with tech led solutions on the rise across many sectors. This unique course arms students with the skills and attributes needed to grow and succeed.

Simon Bailie, CEO at Digital DNA said,

“Digital technology is at the forefront of every aspect of our professional and personal lives and the global pandemic has accelerated the digital workplace. To create value in the new dynamic world of work, it is critical managers are digitally prepared to lead change and growth in fast-paced digital environments. Leveraging emerging technologies will help current and future leaders adapt to the challenges and opportunities facing all businesses, and the UUBS programme will provide the workforce with the tools and

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Online education is here to stay: Experts

However, after some days into the lockdown, Sharma and her friends had found an alternative in online classes, which experts say will remain “an all-weather friend” not only for students preparing for competitive exams like the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), but for also imparting education in general in the COVID-19-induced new normal.

“It (the lockdown) came as a shock… I and many others like me had no idea what to do. We were in the midst of preparing for the exam and the thought of wasting a year was terrifying. But my friends and I immediately shifted our focus to online coaching and were well prepared by September,” Sharma, who hails from Chandigarh told PTI over phone.

She took the NEET in September, after the exam, for admission to MBBS, BDS and other undergraduate medical courses, was deferred twice from its scheduled date of May 3 to July 26 and then to September 13 by the National Testing Agency in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre had announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown from March 25 to check the spread of the coronavirus. However, from June 8, the government started gradually easing restrictions under ‘Unlock’.

The number of those enrolling for virtual classes has witnessed an exponential rises and the trend is likely to stay, the experts from the education industry said.

Like NEET, other examinations that were scheduled in the months of April and May were also initially postponed, but later the Centre decided to conduct them amid strict COVID-19 measures to ensure students do not miss an academic year.

“The coronavirus pandemic brought various sectors to a grinding halt and students were stuck in a limbo,” Kapil Gupta, founder and CEO of NEETprep, a prominent online coaching centre, said.

“Left with little choice, the jittery lot switched to online learning which was not affected by the lockdown,” he said referring to Sharma and her friends taking to virtual classes for NEET.

Immediately after the lockdown, students were anxious as they had been studying for months and did not want to lose the momentum before exams. But at the same time they were cautious of attending classrooms due to the COVID-19 scare, Gupta said.

“This is why online classes are a boon because suddenly they (students) did not have to worry about wearing a mask or maintaining social distancing… Online coaching has become a big hit especially among those preparing for NEET and JEE exams by proving to be their saviour during the COVID crisis,” he said.

Gupta said while the COVID-19 situation has definitely provided an opportunity to online platforms to gain a bigger reach in a short period of time, in the long run, it would be important for those offering this service to present themselves as a credible alternative not only in terms of cost but also efficacy.

“I believe it is established that the quality of content (lectures or questions or mock tests) is much better than classroom coaching but on the aspect

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No. 13 Georgia-South Carolina live stream (11/28): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has gone from matching up at South Carolina with one close friend in Will Muschamp to another in Mike Bobo on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

The three men were teammates at Georgia in the 1990s and have remained close throughout their college coaching careers.

Smart had won three of four games against Muschamp as the Gamecocks coach over the past four seasons. Now, it will be Bobo on the South Carolina sidelines Saturday night — Muschamp was fired two weeks ago — when the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (5-2, No. 9 CFP) play the Gamecocks (2-6).

Bobo came to South Carolina after getting fired at Colorado State last season. Muschamp hired him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Bobo has spent much of his first week, rallying players and building confidence through the team’s current four-game losing streak.

South Carolina players felt hope last time out, rallying in the second half of a 17-10 loss to Missouri after trailing 17-0. A big reason was true freshman quarterback Luke Doty, who replaced starter Collin Hill in the second half and accounted for 189 of South Carolina’s 283 yards of offense.

Georgia has a new quarterback that’s stirred excitement, too, in Southern Cal transfer JT Daniels. The redshirt sophomore threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs 31-24 win over Mississippi State last week.

The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. The SEC Network will televise the game.


DEPLETED SECONDARY: Georgia’s JT Daniels will present a huge challenge to South Carolina’s secondary, which is still making up for the loss of NFL-caliber defensive backs Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu. Both players opted out after Muschamp was let go.

AIR GEORGIA: The Bulldogs used a strong passing attack to get by Mississippi State a week ago. JT Daniels’ 401 yards passing were the team’s first 400-plus yard game since Aaron Murray in 2013. It’s a good thing, too, for Georgia since the team’s typically relentless ground game was held to 8 yards on 23 carries last week.

GEORGIA ALUM: South Carolina interim coach Mike Bobo sounded a little like a Bulldogs alumnus (he is) when discussing his team’s game with Georgia this week. “There’s more excitement in the air,” Bobo said. “Lot of history, there’s a lot of people I’ve known on the other side of the ball.”

INJURED DAWGS: Georgia coach Kirby Smart said that injured defensive tackle Jordan Davis is hopeful about returning to play South Carolina. The word is not as good on defensive back Richard LeCounte, out since a motorcycle accident after the team’s win over Kentucky on Oct. 31. Davis hurt his elbow that game, too. Smart said “Jordan has a chance and that is promising.”

INJURED SMITH: One of South Carolina’s top playmakers in receiver Shi Smith is unlikely to play against the Bulldogs. Smith is third in the Southeastern

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No. 12 Indiana-Maryland live stream (11/28): How to watch college football online, TV, time

No. 12 Indiana has something to prove Saturday, Nov. 28, when it faces Marland. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

Most of the college football world was impressed by No. 12 Indiana’s performance last week.

Hoosiers coach Tom Allen expected more.

He saw too many turnovers, too many missed tackles and just too many mistakes in the loss at Ohio State. He expects his team to be sharper and cleaner this weekend against Maryland.

While outsiders saw the Hoosiers tally five sacks and force three turnovers against the Buckeyes, Allen said Indiana (4-1, No. 12 CFP) should have finished with eight more sacks. And while the offense dominated the second half, he knows there could have been more but for three turnovers including a pick-six.

The Terrapins (2-1) have looked like a different team with their new quarterback.

They’ve outscored the last two opponents 35-7 in the first quarter, both wins, and the defense took the cue by posting seven sacks in a win at Penn State. It was Maryland’s highest sacks total in a conference road game since November 2013 when the Terps were still in the ACC.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. (noon ET) and will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. ESPN2 will televise the game.


MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Maryland’s unexpected two-week layoff did more than merely rob the Terrapins of a shot at No. 3 Ohio State and a matchup with Michigan State. It also stunted the growth of the youngest team in the Big Ten, based on percentage of underclassmen.

“For a young team that doesn’t have a lot of experience, you want to play as much as you can to build your tool box,” Locksley said.

The Terps were on a roll before their season stalled, defeating Minnesota in overtime before rolling past Penn State.

“It’s up to us to build our own momentum,” Locksley said. “Each game has its own shelf life.”

HOT HAND: Indiana receiver Ty Fryfogle has been virtually unstoppable over the past three weeks. He’s produced new single-game career highs in yards receiving in each game and is the first Big Ten receiver to post consecutive 200-yard games. Don’t expect quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to stop looking his way.

“I know I’ve got great playmakers on the outside and if I put it out there one of them is going to go get it,” Penix said.

FEEL THE FUNK: Maryland running back Jake Funk is averaging 7.81 yards per carry, the second-highest average among all FBS running backs with more than 40 attempts. Funk is a fifth-year senior who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two seasons in a row before coming back this season.

“It’s been a long two years, to say the least,” he said before the season.

Funk ran for 221 yards against Minnesota and backed that up with an 80-yard performance against Penn State, including a 38-yard touchdown run.

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No. 3 Ohio State-Illinois live stream (11/28): How to watch college football online, TV, time

No. 3 Ohio State continues to put points up and will look to continue the momentum against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

The problem, though, last week was the Buckeyes (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) had a comfortable four-touchdown lead early in the second half and had to survive an Indiana comeback to escape with a 42-35 win.

In their previous game, the Buckeyes allowed Rutgers to score 24 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Illini have won two straight.

Illinois (2-3, 2-3) running backs Mike Epstein and Chase Brown each had more than 100 rushing yards last week, together accounting for 223 yards and three TDs. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes defense shut down Indiana’s running game, holding three Hoosiers backs to a combined 20 yards and zero touchdowns. However, the unit has been more vulnerable against the pass.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. (noon ET) and will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. FS1 will televise the game.


PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ohio State: WR Garrett Wilson has 100-plus receiving yards in each of the first four games. Last week against Indiana, the sophomore caught seven for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 16 1/2 yards per catch.

Illinois: QB Brandon Peters threw for one touchdown and ran for another in his first game in nearly a month because of COVID-19. He was 18 of 25 for 205 yards and threw to seven different receivers.

FACTS & FIGURES: Ohio State has won the last eight games in the series. … The teams are playing for the Illibuck Trophy, the carved wooden turtle that has been awarded to the winner of the Ohio State/Illinois game since 1925. … Ohio State’s Justin Fields is fourth in the nation in quarterback efficiency. … Illinois’ defense had five takeaways at Nebraska (three interceptions, two fumbles). … The Illini started four different quarterbacks in their first four games. … Illinois LB Jake Hansen is one of the three players in the country with multiple interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. … Illinois leads the Big Ten in rushing yards (1,112) and ranks second in rushing yards per game (222.4), behind Ohio State (233.3). … Buckeyes RB Master Teague III is averaging 95 rushing yards per game and had 100-yard efforts against Penn State and Indiana. … The Illini are second in the nation in both turnover margin (+2.0) and fumble recoveries (10). … Peters and TE Griffin Moore were both sidelined for 21 days following positive COVID-19 tests on Oct. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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