What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock (CHE)

April 30, 2015 by Casey Fabris The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. These days, researchers are increasingly checking in on that experiment. A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online … Read moreWhat Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock (CHE)

The Catch in Arizona State’s Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid (CHE)

April 23, 2015 By Jeffrey R. Young When leaders of Arizona State University announced their unusual effort to let students complete their entire freshman year online at a sharply discounted rate, they took pains to distance the project from previous MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State, stressed in an interview … Read moreThe Catch in Arizona State’s Low-Cost Freshman Year Online: No Aid (CHE)

Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All (CHE)

April 23, 2015 by Charles Huckabee Arizona State University is joining with the MOOC provider edX in a project that it says “reimagines the freshman year” and opens a new low-cost, low-risk path to a college degree for students anywhere in the world. The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed … Read moreArizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All (CHE)

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes (CHE)

April 23, 2015 by Casey Fabris For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study, which found that limiting distractions can help students perform better and also improve course … Read moreTools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes (CHE)

Bryan Carter Enables Students to Inhabit History (CHE)

April 20, 2015 By Jennifer Howard Students who enroll in Bryan Carter’s courses on the Harlem Renaissance don’t just get a survey of the period’s rich culture. They immerse themselves in it. For two decades, Mr. Carter, now an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Arizona, has been experimenting with technology to help students … Read moreBryan Carter Enables Students to Inhabit History (CHE)

Audrey Watters Casts a Skeptical Eye on Tech Boosters (CHE)

April 20, 2015 By Jennifer Howard Audrey Watters describes herself as a Cassandra of educational technology, but the comparison is only partially apt. Like the Greek prophet, Ms. Watters tells people things they often don’t want to hear. Unlike Cassandra, though, her clear-eyed analyses do find an audience. Her Twitter feed has more than 28,000 followers. Her blog,weekly … Read moreAudrey Watters Casts a Skeptical Eye on Tech Boosters (CHE)