At UNC-Chapel Hill, the truth about grades (New Observer)

BY JANE STANCILL jstancill@newsobserver.com August 30, 2014 CHAPEL HILL — Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include the median … Read moreAt UNC-Chapel Hill, the truth about grades (New Observer)

“20” Questions with William Deresiewicz on Excellent Sheep (Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center)

“20” Questions William Deresiewicz on Excellent Sheep Featured Speaker William Deresiewicz on his new book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. For an excerpt from his book, please read his recent New Republic article, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League.” EVENT INFORMATION Monday, September … Read more“20” Questions with William Deresiewicz on Excellent Sheep (Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center)

Australia’s U. of New England Shuts Down MOOC Project (Chronicle)

August 26, 2014 by Andy Thomason The University of New England, in Australia, has discontinued its MOOC program, which let students take online classes free but charged them to take examinations and receive online tutoring. “While MOOCs will continue to be offered I am sure by some of the very big providers around the world, it’s not … Read moreAustralia’s U. of New England Shuts Down MOOC Project (Chronicle)

Gamers helping UW in Ebola research (The Seattle Times)

Players of the online computer game Foldit are helping University of Washington researchers in their search for a cure for the Ebola virus. By Katherine Long [A screen shot shows an Ebola puzzle presented six months ago on the University of Washington’s science puzzle site, Foldit. Players looked for places where a yellow and blue amino-acid … Read moreGamers helping UW in Ebola research (The Seattle Times)

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries (Chronicle)

August 22, 2014 by Steve Kolowich Digital music has made it easier to buy and share recordings. But try telling that to librarians. In March 2011, the University of Washington’s library tried to get a copy of a new recording of the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing a piece by Gustavo Dudamel, a popular composer, that the library … Read moreHow Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries (Chronicle)