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Universities are tasked with educating a growing population of students. As a result, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility are paramount in higher education. The University of New South Wales Sydney has harnessed the power of Microsoft Teams and AI to create a learning community.

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Class Technologies Launches Breakout Room Enhancements For Use in Education

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Spotlight

Universities are tasked with educating a growing population of students. As a result, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility are paramount in higher education. The University of New South Wales Sydney has harnessed the power of Microsoft Teams and AI to create a learning community.