New Online Courses in Digital Pedagogy (CHE)

July 22, 2015 by Adeline Koh There is a ton of free material on learning how to teach with new digital tools online. That’s one of the best things that ProfHacker writers have been dispensing since its inception. We’ve written about teaching with Twitter, with Wikipedia, creating interactive texts with Twine, even theCreepy Treehouse problem … Read moreNew Online Courses in Digital Pedagogy (CHE)

Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media. (LSE)

Scholars all around the world are almost solely judged upon their publications in (prestigious) peer-reviewed journals. Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr argue that publications in the popular media must count as well. After all, these publications are crucial in informing practitioners’ decision-making. Many of the world’s most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly … Read moreCitations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media. (LSE)

When One State Required Online Learning in High School, Colleges Saw Changes, Too (CHE)

July 20, 2015 By Mary Ellen McIntire Nine years ago, when Michigan began requiring high-school students to take an online course before graduating, it was the only state to do so. Since then, though, five other states — as well as some school districts — have followed suit. The result is a growing group of … Read moreWhen One State Required Online Learning in High School, Colleges Saw Changes, Too (CHE)

San Jose State President, Who Led Online Push, Will Leave for Post in Afghanistan (CHE)

July 14, 2015 by Andrew Mytelka Mohammad H. Qayoumi, whose aggressive moves in online education and campus technology drew sharp faculty criticism, announced on Monday that he would step down as president of San Jose State University next month in order to serve as chief technology adviser to the president of Afghanistan, reports the San Jose Mercury News. … Read moreSan Jose State President, Who Led Online Push, Will Leave for Post in Afghanistan (CHE)

Web Platform Seeks to Give Students an Alternative to the ‘Wall of Text’ (CHE)

July 14, 2015 by Meg Bernhard It’s difficult to keep students engaged — and awake — when assigning them readings from long and often dull textbooks. Two researchers wanted to change that. Their creation is zyBooks, a web-based platform that mixes learning activities such as question sets and animations with some written content, largely as a replacement for … Read moreWeb Platform Seeks to Give Students an Alternative to the ‘Wall of Text’ (CHE)