Jeffrey R. Young

What We Know About Betsy DeVos, Trump's Pick for Education Secretary

President-elect Donald J. Trump has voiced his pick for Education Secretary, saying he’ll appoint Republican philanthropist and school-choice activist Betsy DeVos to the position.

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Professors Aren’t Good at Sharing Their Classroom Practices. Teaching Portfolios Might Help.

At the height of the buzz around MOOCs and flipped classrooms three years ago, Bridget Ford worried that administrators might try to replace her introductory history course with a batch of videos. She agreed that something should change: Drop-outs and failures were high in the 200-person class—at about 13 percent. But the assistant professor of history at California State University at East Bay wanted something less drastic than giving up on live lectures entirely.

At White House Gathering on Higher-Ed Innovation, Trump Is the Elephant in the Room

It’s hard to sum up the mood at the day-long White House symposium Tuesday on “Sustaining the Momentum for Innovation in Higher Education.” One attendee from an edtech company said “apprehension.” A higher-ed leader called it “surreal.”

The Election Is Over. Can Colleges Get Classroom Discussions Back on Track?

Stop checking Sign off of Twitter. Say goodbye and good riddance to those vitriolic political ads. The presidential election is over. But four years can pass quickly, and if colleges can’t lead productive discussions of sensitive topics in their classrooms, can we expect the discourse in future elections to be any better?

Why Udacity and EdX Want to Trademark the Degrees of the Future—and What’s at Stake for Students

No one owns the term “master’s degree.” But upstart education providers dream of getting a lock on the words for the next generation of online graduate certifications. Their strategy says a lot about how today’s online programs differ from those in the past (Hint: duration and price are just one part of that).

Diversity, Cybersecurity and the Future of Libraries: Day 2 Recap From Educause

At higher education’s biggest IT conference, Sugata Mitra described how small children can inspire the future of learning.

“Children, given access to the internet in groups, can learn anything by themselves,” said the the Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.

The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers

Switches, routers, panels and projectors.
Canvas, whiteboards and a company called Blackboard. Cornhole, crane games, magic shows and light-up swords. There were people dressed as blue aardvarks and consultants representing Pink Elephant.

How a Parody Twitter Account Helps Decode the Hulking Educause Conference (And What to Expect This Year)

It’s time once again for The Hulk of edtech conferences—Educause, which kicks off fully on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. It’s big, expecting some 7,000 attendees. It’s full of exhibitors with bold marketing claims. It’s trying to serve all kinds of tech leaders.

Why Rafter Failed, and What It Means for Edtech

Rafter ranked among the most substantially-backed education companies in recent memory, having raised more than $86 million dollars since it started a decade ago. Then last week, the company, which helped colleges save students money on textbooks, abruptly shut down. While its customers scramble to find alternatives, observers wonder what can be learned from Rafter’s demise.

Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom

Sherry Turkle has gone from Wired magazine cover-girl for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication.

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