Jeffrey R. Young

Twitter Is Funding Research Into Online Civility. Here’s How One Project Will Work.

Twitter has pledged to increase the “health” and “civility” of discourse on its platform, and it recently teamed up with college researchers to address the challenge. One of those scholars even argues that a dose of incivility can be healthy for democracy—in certain situations.

Makerspaces Nationwide Face the Question: Can Users 3D Print a Gun?

As a legal fight simmered this week over the legality of creating working guns on 3D printers, libraries and other groups offering access to the technology faced questions from local officials and reporters:

Apple’s Longtime Education VP Shares Frustrations With Slow Pace of Change

People love to try guess what Apple is up to—that’s true for the company’s education strategy as well. But often there’s not much to go on beyond press releases and speculation.So when Apple’s longtime vice-president of education, John Couch, published a book this year with his thoughts on the future of education and accounts of his work at Apple, it opened a rare window into the company’s views on education.

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As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed

Do you want fries with that education? The question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of scholarly work that outlines a critique against the corporatization of college—arguing that even when reforms are well-intentioned, they are making campuses more like burger franchises than centers of learning and research.

Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’

Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift for your cousin, and then have ads for that product pop up everywhere you go online. In education, schools and colleges even use big data to nudge students to stay on track.

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YouTube Searches Favor Videos That Attack Public Education, Scholar Finds

When a scholar did a YouTube search for the term “public education” recently, the results painted a bleak picture of the nation’s schools and state colleges.

Should Gen-Ed Come Later? New Book Argues For Cheaper And Faster Alternatives to College

Debates about how to expand access to higher education often assume a one-size-fits-all model of what college should be. But new book due out this fall argues for the creation of colleges of many shapes and sizes, including a new set of low-cost options that are focused on helping students who just can’t afford a four-year campus experience get a first job.

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Nonprofit University Buys For-Profit College For Its Tech Platform

A company called UniversityNow—which attracted more than $40 million in venture backing and ran an experimental for-profit college—has been sold to the nonprofit National University system, which plans to use the company’s technology platform to deliver its online courses.

Why Purdue Professors Continue to Protest Purdue’s Purchase of a For-Profit U.

If Purdue University’s purchase of the for-profit Kaplan University can be thought of as a wedding, there were plenty of people in the audience shouting objections throughout the ceremony. The loudest were Purdue professors, who argued that the pair were far too incompatible to unite.

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Meet Two Leaders Trying to Reinvent College

Today we're starting out with a big question: What would you do if you could start a college from scratch? For most people, this is merely a thought exercise—how to keep the good from the best of traditional methods, and take into account all the tech and the changing workforce and student needs of today. But two recent guests on EdSurge Live, a monthly video-based discussion series, have surprisingly concrete answers to this question. In fact, they both took the unusual step of actually going out and starting completely new colleges, with new models of curriculum and services.

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