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As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and determine the actual effectiveness of the courses.
Under the Shared Access Research Ecosystem, a network of university repositories would enable public access to and long-term preservation of federally backed research.
One of the first things researchers have learned about student success in massive open online courses is that in-person, one-on-one teaching still matters.
Instructure announced on Wednesday that it had won $30-million in venture-capital funds, and some observers said it is gaining ground on Blackboard, which has long dominated the market.
Under the plan, publishers' existing infrastructure would be used to identify and provide free access to peer-reviewed articles based on publicly supported research. At least one open-access advocate was skeptical.
One course provider is using a $5,000 prize to attract teaching talent. But some universities are putting limits on professors' outside-teaching opportunities.
Fifty-eight members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences said they were "deeply concerned" about the "cost and consequences" of the university's massive open online courses.
Fifteen more universities have agreed to offer free online courses through the nonprofit organization founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
If MOOCs have the power to dismantle departments, say several professors say who teach the courses, the fault lies with reckless administrators.
Starting in January, Yale will offer four courses through Coursera. The company, meanwhile, is working to make courses available in more languages.
Course-management providers are hoping to spark more outsiders to develop features for their software, the way people do for smartphones or social networks like Facebook.
The university agreed to make it easier for students with print-related disabilities to use textbooks, course readers, and library materials.
Cheating isn't as black and white as we often think, says an expert on cyberethics. His new course will explore the psychology and mechanics of the practice.
Teacher education, traditionally a strong revenue source for universities, could do the same for the provider of massive open online courses.
Today's graduates may not update their alma maters when they move or get a new job, but they're likely to keep their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles current. New services aim to help colleges tap into those networks.
Many students stay away from classes in subjects they deem especially difficult or interesting, according to a new study by the Community College Research Center.
A German course-platform provider, looking to help kickstart the MOOC movement in Europe, is inviting those interested in creating courses to compete for fellowships.
Colleges will be able to receive materials such as three-dimensional renderings of objects in the institution's holdings for use in classes or research projects.
Buying a company founded by three Harvard educators is the latest move by Pearson to extend its reach into the college classroom beyond just textbooks.
Southern New Hampshire University may now receive federal financial aid for students in a self-paced online program, the first such authorization of its kind.