With New Promise by Udacity, Money-Back Guarantees Come to Online Courses (CHE)

By Corinne Ruff JANUARY 13, 2016 Late-night infomercials aren’t the only venue where companies try to lure consumers with money-back guarantees. Now some upstart online-education providers are making the same promise. Udacity, a Silicon Valley-backed provider of MOOCs, announced on Wednesday a new program that guarantees its graduates will land a job in their field … Read moreWith New Promise by Udacity, Money-Back Guarantees Come to Online Courses (CHE)

Mapping a MOOC Reveals Global Patterns in Student Engagement (CHE)

By Anthony C. Robinson JANUARY 11, 2016 Teaching an online course that 49,000 students have signed up for presents an unprecedented challenge when it comes to an important aspect of instruction: knowing your audience. I could see from my course “dashboard” in Coursera that the students hailed from 190 countries, with 6 percent from India, … Read moreMapping a MOOC Reveals Global Patterns in Student Engagement (CHE)

Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the 25.2 Billion Dollar A Year Academic Publishing Business (Medium.com)

by Jason Schmitt (Communication Professor in the contrived academic parallel reality. I write for Huffpo/Slate about new tech, startups, open access and higher ed @jason_schmitt) Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled “The internet’s first victim,” … Read moreCan’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the 25.2 Billion Dollar A Year Academic Publishing Business (Medium.com)

As an Open-Access Megajournal Cedes Some Ground, a Movement Gathers Steam (CHE)

By Paul Basken JANUARY 13, 2016 The world’s largest scientific journal, the open-access giant PLOS ONE, is feeling some pullback. Last year the free site published 10 percent fewer papers than it did two years ago. Its impact factor — a measure that uses citations to track its influence — has been on a five-year … Read moreAs an Open-Access Megajournal Cedes Some Ground, a Movement Gathers Steam (CHE)

Communicating with Students: A Suggestion About Email (CHE)

January 11, 2016 by George Williams Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written several posts about email over the years. I don’t know about you, but it feels like I receive way more email than I know what to do with. And regardless of who is sending them, a significant percentage of the emails that I do … Read moreCommunicating with Students: A Suggestion About Email (CHE)