Rethinking Low Completion Rates in MOOCs (Chronicle)

December 8, 2014 by Steve Kolowich Completion rates in free online courses are low—to critics, laughably so. But exactly how low are they? The answer might be a matter of interpretation. Let’s say 79,500 people sign up for a handful of massive open online courses offered by Harvard University. About 44,500 of those people say they are … Read moreRethinking Low Completion Rates in MOOCs (Chronicle)

Are MOOC-Takers ‘Students’? Not When It Comes to the Feds Protecting Their Data (Chronicle)

December 3, 2014 By Steve Kolowich The U.S. Education Department wants to encourage colleges and the tech companies they work with to protect student data from misuse. But the agency’s power to protect the privacy of people taking free, online courses is essentially nonexistent. “Data in the higher-education context for MOOCs is seldom Ferpa-protected,” Kathleen … Read moreAre MOOC-Takers ‘Students’? Not When It Comes to the Feds Protecting Their Data (Chronicle)

Tenets of the Liberal Arts: Complex Thinking in the Digital Age (Educause)

by Charles J. Henry and Elliott Shore Published on Monday, November 10, 2014 [full article here.] Charles J. Henry is President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), is the 2014 E-Content department editor for EDUCAUSE Review. Both are members of the Committee on Coherence at Scale … Read moreTenets of the Liberal Arts: Complex Thinking in the Digital Age (Educause)

Greek 393: Greek Comedy — Week 11

On December 3 at 7 p.m. EST, Sunoikisis will host the course Greek 393: Greek Comedy via Google Hangouts. To watch the live broadcast, see the YouTube video below. “Comic Fragments” Monica Berti Primary Readings English: Samia Greek: Ecclesiazusae 816-989 (1200 words) Secondary Readings Jeffrey Rusten, “Sources of the Comic Fragments” and “Menander,” in The Birth of Comedy: Texts, Documents, and … Read moreGreek 393: Greek Comedy — Week 11