Jeffrey R. Young

The Rise of ‘Outsider Education’

In higher ed, people often look to a few elite schools for big new ideas. But that might be changing. These days innovation seems just as likely to come from a state school, a small liberal arts college, or even an upstart from outside the traditional system.

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After Mysterious End to New Media Consortium, Educause Buys Up Group’s Assets

On Wednesday a bankruptcy court approved the sale of the New Media Consortium's assets to Educause, just 2 months after NMC abruptly ceased operations due to financial troubles that remain largely mysterious.

Forget ‘Sage on the Stage,’ and ‘Guide on the Side.’ The Challenges Of Teaching In the Trump Era

College professors don’t always talk to each other about the intricacies of their teaching practices, and it often seems a mystery to scholars what goes on in other people’s courses.

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New Higher-Ed ‘Matchmaking’ Event Aims to Bridge Education Technology Silos

A pair of consultants who run a popular edtech blog plan to start offering events—in hopes of getting people at colleges and companies who don’t usually talk to each other to join forces on innovative teaching efforts.

On Blockchain, Money and Empathy: EdSurge Talks Trends and 2018 Predictions

What are the edtech trends to watch this year, and what are the key takeaways from 2017? A group of EdSurge reporters and editors recently asked readers—and shared a few of their own thoughts—during an EdSurge Live online forum.

EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program

EdX, the nonprofit online-education group founded by MIT and Harvard, is quietly developing a “MicroBachelors” degree that is designed to break the undergraduate credential into Lego-like components.

In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things

Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost. And new upstart providers are also getting into the mix, including coding bootcamps and startups like Udacity, which offers unaccredited nanodegrees. These trends raise a host of questions about the future of credentialing.To explore some of these questions, EdSurge recently held an hour-long video forum featuring two guests:

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Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

Amazon has quietly re-opened a previously-controversial sharing feature that allows allow anyone to add to its directory of online educational materials, a platform called Amazon Inspire.

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As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Professors assign textbooks (or other materials) that they view as required to succeed in their courses, but some students say they go in with a wait-and-see attitude: They delay a week or two into the semester, and then obtain only the materials that seem truly necessary to them.“I try to read the vibe of the teacher and see how it’s going to be,” says Ursula Abdala, a senior at University of Texas at Arlington. “If I feel that one book will save my life this semester, I’ll break down and buy it,” she says. “I’m usually broke.”

Turning a Football Field into a Farm: How the ‘Urban Work College’ Could Lower College Costs

When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following the usual playbook for running a college, so he took unusual steps right from the start. He cut the football program, for instance, and turned the playing field into an urban farm.

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