Jeffrey R. Young

Libraries Look to Big Data to Measure Their Worth—And Better Help Students

Libraries have long counted up the books on their shelves to show their value. That meant Harvard University’s library (with 18.9-million books) was clearly superior to Duke University’s (with 6.1-million volumes) or University of California at Riverside’s (with a mere 3 million titles).

Professors Take Out Ads Protesting Their University’s Online Degree Programs

Professors at Eastern Michigan University launched an unusual ad campaign this week criticizing their university’s online degree programs—suggesting they are “FalseEMU”—in a protest against the model of colleges working with outside companies to help build and market online programs.

“These degrees will carry the EMU name. But they won’t have the quality, scholarship and service that are hallmarks of a true EMU education,” reads the advertisement created by two faculty unions at Eastern Michigan. The ads appeared in the campus newspaper and on social media.

Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)

Colleges often experiment with artificial intelligence to help spot when students need special help, part of an effort to draw predictions from data. But a rush to test—and possibly rely on—algorithms raises many questions, none bigger than this: Could the data lead colleges to rethink how they operate to serve students?

EdSurge Live: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 1)

It’s a pivotal time for artificial intelligence in higher education. More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. College advising systems are trying to use predictive analytics to increase student retention. And the infusion of algorithms is leading to questions—ethical questions and practical questions and philosophical questions—about how far higher education should go in bringing in artificial intelligence, and who decides what the algorithms should look like.

How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses?

The CEO of Strayer University, Karl McDonnell, admits that some of his institution’s online courses were boring and monotonous—essentially narration over slides bearing clip-art. So the for-profit is expanding an effort to apply techniques from Hollywood storytelling to its course materials.

When Teaching Large Classes, Professors Shouldn’t Try To Put On a Show

Large classes pose tough challenges for instructors and colleges. After all, how do you craft a meaningful experience for 250 people (or more)?
Rachel Davenport, a senior lecturer at Texas State University, has taught so many large classes that she jokes she has trouble readjusting to a small seminar room. She has been recognized with several awards for her teaching, and students regularly sing her praises (she was named “Best Professor at Texas State University” in 2013 by readers of Study Break magazine.)

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When to Stop Using a Teaching Technology

No one sends a press release when a school decides that a technology it once raved about has failed—or outlived its usefulness. And sometimes they just can’t seem to quit devoting resources to zombie tech.

As the number of tech tools proliferates, many higher-ed institutions are struggling with winding down support of older or little-used software.

Join Us for ‘EdSurge Live,’ A Video Town Hall Series (Starting With a Look at AI in Higher Ed)

What if there was a talk show about edtech? We thought we’d try one, so next month we’re launching EdSurge Live, an experimental way to gather readers and experts via video chat to talk about key issues facing those exploring the future of higher education.For our kick-off episode, we’re tackling the question: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed? (And Why It Matters)

How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack

What’s a typical day like for the director of learning at Slack, the fast-growing messaging app that aims to eliminate the need for e-mail? These days, it involves spending time thinking about Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors

A decade ago professors complained of a growing “epidemic” in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largely laughed it off as inaccurate and saw their students as lazy, or worse. As one writing instructor posted to an e-mail list in 2005: “Am I being a stick-in-the-mud for for being horrified by students’ use of this source?”

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