Category Archives: education and technology

A snapshot of faculty teaching in 2014

What do we know about how American college and university faculty are teaching undergraduates?  The new HERI study (pdf) offers some fascinating insights into instructors’ practices. Caveats: the report covers full-time faculty, not part-timers*.  It’s also based on self-reporting. In the digital … Continue reading

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When a liberal arts college starts teaching online

How can a traditional liberal arts campus practice distance learning?  Vassar College launched a pilot program to take face-to-face learning from a residential setting into cyberspace, and its academic computing director, Steve Taylor, tells the story at the Academic Commons site The program … Continue reading

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Academia tries out open in response to Ebola (UPDATED)

How has academia shared its resources openly in response to the Ebola crisis?*  Have we used technology to make a difference? Here are some examples: Oxford University Press opened up fifty scientific articles.  These are from scholarly journals like Clinical Infectious … Continue reading

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On CNBC today: a quick discussion about the future of tech and education

Today I’m on CNBC for a short discussion on “Artificially Intelligent tutors”. You can watch the minute-and-a-half video here: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000309768 Readers know that automation and artificial intelligence are topics of great interest to me. Watch this space for more.

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Making MOOCs work on campus

What can we do with MOOCs in 2014, after that bubble has popped? In “Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland” (pdf) Rebecca Griffiths, Matthew Chingos, Christine, and Mulhern Richard … Continue reading

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On the hope and hype of MOOCs

Last fall I participated in an OCLC panel on MOOCs. This week OCLC published an article on that panel in the new issue of their NextSpace journal. The article is called “The hope and hype of MOOCs”, and offers a … Continue reading

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Public universities confront changes

How are leading public universities coping with the current higher education crisis?  A new Ithaka S+R report by Deanna Marcum,  “Technology to the Rescue” (pdf), offers sobering, even grim answers. To begin with, these institutions have hit an economic wall, … Continue reading

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