Monthly Archives: August 2015

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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