How to Tame an Internet Troll (CHE)

September 28, 2015 By Frank Pasquale In James Thurber’s 1942 short story “The Catbird Seat,” the boisterous Ulgine Barrows shatters the peaceful diligence of Erwin Martin, head of the filing department at his firm. Barrows, as special adviser to the president of the firm, brays at Martin, using slang he barely understands. Apparently a Dodgers … Read moreHow to Tame an Internet Troll (CHE)

What the Results of a Survey of Coursera Students Mean for Online Learning (CHE)

September 22, 2015 by Ellen Wexler When Coursera, Udacity, and edX started up within four months of one another, in 2012,The New York Times declared it the year of the MOOC. Now that the clamor is dying down, researchers are gauging what actually has developed in terms of massive open online courses. A report released … Read moreWhat the Results of a Survey of Coursera Students Mean for Online Learning (CHE)

Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why (UW Today)

by Chen Zhenghao, Brandon Alcorn, Gayle Christensen, Nicholas Eriksson, Daphne Koller, Ezekiel J. Emanuel SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 In the last three years, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera, EdX, and other platforms. Initially heralded as a revolution in higher education access, expectations have been tempered as research revealed … Read moreWho’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why (UW Today)

3 Tips for Handling Discussions in Online Courses (CHE)

September 21, 2015 by Anastasia Salter I’ve been teaching a large online class for the first time this semester, and as the course involves looking at a number of challenge interactive works and games I put a lot of emphasis on discussion forums and critical debate. However, discussion forums of this kind present a lot … Read more3 Tips for Handling Discussions in Online Courses (CHE)

UMUC Plans to Create a Company to Help Colleges Harness Big Data (CHE)

September 18, 2015 by Ellen Wexler The Maryland Board of Regents on Friday approved the University of Maryland University College’s request to create a for-profit business-intelligence company. The new company will offer data-analysis technology and services to universities across the country, and the revenue will go toward the university’s endowment. The company, called HelioCampus, will … Read moreUMUC Plans to Create a Company to Help Colleges Harness Big Data (CHE)