Jeffrey R. Young

How to Bring Innovation to Campus Without Cheapening Education

Many professors worry when they hear the word “innovation,” or when they see college leaders looking to the business world to upgrade practices on campus, because they fear it will weaken the quality of education.

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New 2-Year Online College Aims to Grow Quickly (But Without Traditional Gen-Ed Courses)

Alternative higher education programs don’t always work out. But one former Harvard University dean is giving it a try. That former Harvard dean, Stephen Kosslyn, opened an online two-year college this week with an experimental academic program promising something between a vocational education and a traditional general-education curriculum. Among its innovations: no homework.

To Bring Analytics to College Classrooms, New Effort Starts With ‘Data Laundry’

A consortium of 25 universities unveiled a new platform last month that will pull in information from systems across campus to bring richer analytics to college classrooms. But its leaders have found that getting all the data into a form that professors can actually use presents a messy challenge, requiring what one project leader is calling “data laundry.”

What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.

Technology shapes the way we interact everyday. We FaceTime with family across the country, we send snaps to our friends to let them know where we are and what we're doing.But sometimes we fail to realize that the platforms and data that push us to interact don't always do it in objective ways. Our interactions are increasingly shaped by algorithms, and those codes are designed by humans—people who literally write the script for the ways that tech will make us tick, for better or for worse.

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MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

Colleges have been searching for new ways to make use of the massive open online courses they created ever since the fad died down several years ago. The latest idea: encourage residential students to take them—not for credit, but to fulfill prerequisites or just for personal enrichment.

One HBCU Hopes Its ‘$10,000 Degree Pathway’ Will Win Over Students Considering For-Profit Alternatives

A public university in North Carolina has teamed up with six community colleges to offer a program that promises students they will pay no more than $10,000 out of pocket for their four-year degree.Participating students will attend a g two-year college in the state to get their Associate’s degree, then transfer to an online program at Fayetteville State University to finish their bachelor’s. The students will continue to have access to mentors and resources at the local community college to help them stay on track.

Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats

John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pieces for The New Yorker, and it has become legendary in journalism circles.

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Many College Courses Are Either Overloaded or Underfilled. That May Be Hurting Retention.

Crafting an efficient schedule of college course offerings means solving a complex puzzle. And more colleges these days are turning to algorithms to help reduce the number of classes that are either overloaded or full of empty seats.

Purdue Global Drops Requirement That Professors Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

Since Purdue University purchased for-profit Kaplan University last year to create what is now Purdue University Global, faculty members have raised questions and concerns about how these two very different models of higher education would fit together.

Can an Online Tool Depolarize Campus Discussions?

As a new school year kicks off in a time of mounting political scandals and heightened polarization, some campuses have added a new component to their freshman seminar programs—an online training in how to talk politics (productively).

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