Jeffrey R. Young

What Happens When A Public University Buys a For-Profit Online One?

When leaders of Purdue University wanted to move into online education, they took the unusual step of buying an existing online university, a big one with 30,000 students. And here’s the most surprising part: that online school it bought, Kaplan University, was a for-profit business—part of a sector that’s been criticized for high costs and poor outcomes for students. It’s hard to think of another example of two more different higher education cultures placed under the same name.

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Can You Put a Score On a Student’s ‘Agility’ or ‘Diligence’? A New Service Tries It

Companies that make learning software now gather unprecedented amounts of data on student behavior as students do things like read online textbooks or study for tests with digital review tools. But when online learning aids can study students, could that give professors new ways to help learners? And how far is too far in trying to apply such student-activity data?

How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

There isn’t a New York Times bestseller list for online courses, but perhaps there should be. After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses.

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Microsoft Buys Video-Discussion Platform Flipgrid

A video-discussion platform originally started by a University of Minnesota professor to keep in touch with students for a course he was teaching has been purchased by tech giant Microsoft.

Group Looks for New Ways to Peer Over the Edtech Horizon

A group of educators trying to get a handle on what’s coming next in technology are working to build a new type of organization to track edtech trends.The effort isn’t backed by any college, major philanthropy or membership organization. Rather it’s a loose group of volunteers with a website and a notion that a digital collaboration might fill a gap and offer new kinds of insights.

Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. But that isn’t always happening.

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Walmart Chooses Three Colleges Where Its Employees Can Study For $1 a Day

Walmart, the largest private employer in the U.S., has announced a new benefit for employees that covers most of the costs of attending one of three nonprofit colleges, as long as they major in business or supply-chain management. Employees pay $1 a day to participate, and the company covers “tuition, books and fees,” according to an explanation of the program on the retail giant’s website.

With a Siri-Like Assistant, this Australian U. Wants to Rethink the Student Experience

In Australia, there’s a university that was set up to focus on distance education. It’s called Deakin University, and started about 40 years ago—before the internet really got going—when distance education often meant sending lessons through snail mail.

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Most Professors Think They're Above-Average Teachers. And That’s a Problem.

Summer is traditionally a time for professors to refresh their courses, or take workshops to learn new teaching techniques. But some in higher education worry about a lack of motivation for such efforts, especially when the vast majority of professors think they’re great in the classroom already.

Reading the Trend Lines Reshaping Education: A Look at Bryan Alexander’s Book in Progress

Futurists play a mental game of obsessively tracking what’s new right now and making imaginative leaps to predict what might come, say, ten years out. So what do futurists say is coming for higher education?

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