Jeffrey R. Young

Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

Many professors try new teaching approaches or new digital tools in their classes, but few actually study whether the changes work any better than the old way. One reason boils down to a technicality: such research usually requires the approval of a college’s Institutional Review Board, or IRB, the office that makes sure any research involving human subjects follows legal and ethical guidelines. Getting such approval can be tedious and time consuming, and the green light might not come until a course is already underway (or over).

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Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime.

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To Get More Students to Office Hours, Colleges Rethink the Faculty Office

Professors often complain that students never come to their office hours. Robert Talbert, a professor at Grand Valley State University, has a theory about why students stay away.

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Is Teaching an Art or a Science? New Book Takes a Fresh Look at ‘How Humans Learn.’

Just how do humans learn? And can science unlock secrets of the learning process that can help teachers and professors be more effective in their classrooms?One of the latest people to tackle those questions is Josh Eyler, in a new book called “How Humans Learn.” But as Eyler warns readers at the outset, he’s not a scientist himself, but a humanist with a PhD in medieval studies. And that’s what makes the book such an interesting and unusual take on what is becoming a hot topic.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

What’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor to become a freelance educator, making video courses and podcasts for a living?

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Small Liberal Arts Colleges Are Sharing Online Courses

When Nathan Schertz, a 21-year old student at Eureka College, hit some relationship troubles last year that distracted him from his studies, his grades slipped. And he found himself needing to make up credits fast to stay on track academically. So the college offered him the chance to retake one of the course subjects online over the summer—even though Eureka doesn’t teach any online courses.The offering was possible thanks to a new online course-sharing arrangement among members of the Council of Independent Colleges, a group of independent liberal arts colleges.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.But, fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities.

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What’s an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings.

Harvard University’s famed business school has an announcement to make: Forget HBX. From now on the school will instead refer to its online offerings under a more straightforward banner, Harvard Business School Online.

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The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018

This year a growing number of EdSurge readers put on their headphones to listen to our weekly podcast, EdSurge On Air. (Subscribe here.)

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