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Public-University Group Expands ‘Personalized Learning’ Efforts

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is expanding its support of “personalized learning” with the help of a new $4.6-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Personalized learning” means different things to different people. Show More Summary

What Google’s New Open-Source Software Means for Artificial-Intelligence Research

Google wants the artificial-intelligence software that drives the company’s Internet searches to become the standard platform for computer-science scholars in their own experiments. On Monday, Google announced it would turn its machine-learning...Show More Summary

Many Colleges Now See Centers for Teaching With Technology as Part of ‘Innovation Infrastructure’

In the past few years, many colleges have expanded the scale and scope of centers that support teaching and learning with technology, as part of an effort to build a new “innovation infrastructure” for instruction. That’s according to...Show More Summary

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of...Show More Summary

MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

When one of the first massive open online courses appeared at Stanford University, 160,000 students enrolled. It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report,Show More Summary

New Grant Will Create Prizes for Faculty Using Digital Courseware

Orlando — The Online Learning Consortium, in a move to encourage professors to develop and use digital courseware, will offer new prizes for faculty-led teams that advance and adopt sophisticated online courses with “a strong pedagogical...Show More Summary

University-Run Boot Camps Offer Students Marketable Skills — but Not Course Credit

Northeastern University is planning to offer a boot-camp style program called Level at a space in downtown Boston. (Adam Glanzman, Northeastern U.) Level, a venture that offers students courses in data analytics, has a motto of sorts. Show More Summary

A Top Proponent of Higher-Ed Disruption Moves to Put His Theories Into Practice

Michael B. Horn After years of preaching “disruptive innovation” for higher education, one of the most visible proponents of the theory is going try a little disrupting of his own. Michael B. Horn, a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen...Show More Summary

Measuring Academic Skills and ‘Grit’ to Help Identify At-Risk Students

With the help of a grant of nearly $2 million, Excelsior College wants to use analytics to identify at-risk students. The private nonprofit institution, in Albany, N.Y., was one of 17 institutions to receive a First in the World Grant from the Department of Education, the college announced on Wednesday. Show More Summary

How Video Games Are Becoming University-Approved Sports

Andrew Higley, U. of Cincinnati When 800 video gamers arrived at the University of Cincinnati’s basketball arena on Saturday morning, 8,000 feet of extension cords and 11,000 feet of Ethernet cables awaited them. Check-in was at 9 a.m., and they had a lot to carry: laptops, desktops, TV monitors, GameCube controllers. Show More Summary

Can Online Education Help Refugees Earn Degrees?

When refugees want to enter higher education, they often lack the paperwork. To enroll in conventional universities, students need to submit the kind of documentation — like passports and previous education records — that many refugees do not have. Show More Summary

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course

It may sound pretty routine to convert a course to an online format, but doing so presents many unexpected challenges and can even challenge a professor’s assumptions about the nature of academic coursework. Giving a timed test, forShow More Summary

Academic Social Network Hopes to Change the Culture of Peer Review

An academic social network has added a tool it hopes will shake up the system of peer review. The network is called, and it has grown to more than 25 million registered users who use it mainly to post their published papers to help others find them (and, they hope, cite them). Show More Summary

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

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...Show More Summary

UMUC Plans to Create a Company to Help Colleges Harness Big Data

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...Show More Summary

In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching

When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon...Show More Summary

Penn State Starts Network for Entrepreneurs With Focus on Online Learning

Education-technology companies are hot these days. So are online programs by universities. Pennsylvania State University hopes to tap into both trends with a new effort to turn its campus into an innovation hub for ed-tech companies. The...Show More Summary

Readers’ Defintions of Ed-Tech Buzzwords: Confusion and Skepticism Continue

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. Show More Summary

As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

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. Show More Summary

How an App Helps Low-Income Students by Turning College Life Into a Game

Studying in the library, getting help from a tutor, even cheering at a college football game — all of those activities carry a little extra reward for low-income students at Ball State University. The university is in its second year...Show More Summary

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