Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, Wikipedia Editor, Dies After Rock Climbing Fall (NYT)

By NOAM COHEN APRIL 19, 2014 Adrianne Wadewitz, a scholar of 18th-century British literature who became one of the most prolific and influential editors of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, died on April 8 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 37. The cause was head injuries sustained in a fall on March 29 while Ms. Wadewitz … Read moreAdrianne Wadewitz, 37, Wikipedia Editor, Dies After Rock Climbing Fall (NYT)

Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University? (Slate)

By Rebecca Schuman First I have to figure out what it is. This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For … Read moreWill Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University? (Slate)

How Coursera will go from a populist MOOC to a major business (VB News)

April 13, 2014 7:53 PM Jordan Novet Coursera advertises that it lets you “take the world’s best courses, online, for free” on its website, but that free price tag doesn’t mean the company can’t be a big business one day. Indeed, Coursera’s newly announced chief executive, Rick Levin, appears to have big ambitions. “I think we can become financially … Read moreHow Coursera will go from a populist MOOC to a major business (VB News)

Harry Potter Fans Made a MOOC for Hogwarts, and You Can Enroll Now (Slate)

By Alex Heimbach Full article here As a 10-year-old reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I had but one wish: that I, too, would soon receive an owl from Hogwarts, a letter of acceptance that could rescue me from my boring life as a Muggle. It wasn’t just Harry’s magical adventures that appealed to … Read moreHarry Potter Fans Made a MOOC for Hogwarts, and You Can Enroll Now (Slate)

‘MOOC World’: Experts clash over differing visions of education technology (News at Princeton)

Posted April 10, 2014; 04:27 p.m. by Daniel Day, Office of Communications University leaders and government officials from five continents on Thursday explored challenges and opportunities from economics to diversity that higher education faces. The second day of the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Parisalso featured vigorous debate on whether online learning platforms pose more risks or … Read more‘MOOC World’: Experts clash over differing visions of education technology (News at Princeton)

What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway? (The Atlantic)

ELIZABETH SEGRAN MAR 31 2014, 2:56 PM ET The choice to leave academia does not have to mean life as a barista. There is a widespread belief that humanities Ph.D.s have limited job prospects. The story goes that since tenure-track professorships are increasingly being replaced by contingent faculty, the vast majority of English and history … Read moreWhat Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway? (The Atlantic)