Readers’ Definitions of Ed-Tech Buzzwords: Confusion and Skepticism Continue (CHE)

August 28, 2015 by Jeffrey R. Young Professors, administrators, and ed-tech vendors don’t always speak the same language when it comes to talking about experimental approaches to teaching and research. Terms like “flipped classroom” and “digital humanities” get thrown around a lot these days, but different people often mean different things by them. And some … Read moreReaders’ Definitions of Ed-Tech Buzzwords: Confusion and Skepticism Continue (CHE)

As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In (CHE)

August 25, 2015 by Jeffrey R. Young Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs. And there were tough questions, … Read moreAs Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In (CHE)

Before Overhauling That Website, Do Your Homework (CHE)

August 25, 2015 By Eric Hoover About a year ago, James Madison University asked Randy Budnikas to improve its website. Before getting to the technical stuff, he posed some questions. What, above all, was the home page supposed to be? The answer: a marketing tool to promote JMU. With that in mind, Mr. Budnikas asked university … Read moreBefore Overhauling That Website, Do Your Homework (CHE)

This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs (CHE)

August 25, 2015 by Andy Thomason Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday. According to the researchers, … Read moreThis Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs (CHE)

How Some Professors Deploy Mobile Technology in Their Teaching (CHE)

August 20, 2015 By Mary Ellen McIntire Students in Ronald A. Yaros’s Info 3.0 class at the University of Maryland at College Park this fall will use a smartphone app specifically designed for practically everything in the course: Writing blog posts, sending tweets, and shooting video interviews. Mr. Yaros doesn’t allow laptop computers in his … Read moreHow Some Professors Deploy Mobile Technology in Their Teaching (CHE)

Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative (CHE)

August 6, 2015 by Jeffrey R. Young George Siemens is a key innovator in higher education, having coined the term “MOOC” and worked to study the effectiveness of online learning. So it’s no surprise that he was invited to a recent closed-door gathering at the White House to discuss “innovation and quality in higher education.” Though he isn’t able … Read morePioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative (CHE)