Jeffrey R. Young

In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Speakers at this week’s SXSW EDU conference in Austin wasted no time before diving into taboo topics. “Looking at those two girls making out in the doorway again, I thought, why can’t I be as confident as they clearly are,” Tim Manley, a former New York City high school teacher, said in an opening keynote session, to lots of laughs, as he recounted his humbling, trying first-year teaching experience.

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How a Partnership Over Annotation Software Fits Into Bigger Changes in Research Workflow

Elsevier, one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific journals, hasn’t been shy about shifting away from just publishing to offering a set of tools for scholars to use throughout the research process.

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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