Jeffrey R. Young

When A Nudge Feels Like a Shove

These days more and more colleges are setting up systems that automatically email students when an algorithm determines they are academically at risk. The promise is that such small nudges can motivate recipients to get back on track and keep them from dropping out. But in some cases such efforts actually cause more harm than good.It’s not that the underlying idea is flawed, but research is showing that how colleges implement the efforts makes a big difference. And the risk of harm is great, with the ability to unintentionally nudge people out of college.

Are AI-Powered Chatbot Tutors the Future of Textbooks?

The mellow atmosphere at this year's SXSW EDU didn’t stop Day 3 keynoter danah boyd from lighting up Twitter and sparking countless conference-floor conversations on the merits of media literacy and how to think critically about critical thinking. A refreshing diversion into intellectualism, boyd’s talk was the clear highlight of a day that seemed almost to hum by on its own accord. (Read our full coverage of her remarks here.)

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Why Professors Doubt Education Research

Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University who has studied the culture of ancient Mayan cities, is turning her focus closer to home these days—exploring why professors try new teaching approaches, or decide not to.She found many professors are reluctant to move away from the way they’ve traditionally taught, even when presented with evidence new approaches might work better. But that isn’t because the professors don’t care about teaching. In some cases the issue was broader philosophical differences among faculty members over what it means to teach.

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?Betsy DeVos at SXSW EDU: ‘What Students Really Need Won’t Originate in Washington’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a last-minute appearance at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, calling for a “rethink” of American higher education. In an unusual move, DeVos spent the bulk of the session serving as moderator, asking questions and seeking policy advice from three panelists.

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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.

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