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Controversial MOOC nearly costs professor his job

Teaching a massive open online course is seen as a feather in the cap for many academics: an opportunity to reach thousands of students, increase personal notoriety and boost the…

When it comes to the future of higher ed and tech, don’t forget small state schools

When we talk about the future of higher education in the United States, let’s please focus our attention on where most higher ed happens, Slate suggests. It’s not in Cambridge…

Minnesota: Drone technology center?

Dozens of representatives from agriculture, aviation and higher education are meeting in northwestern Minnesota to discuss ways to promote the region as a center for development of the unmanned aircraft…

Community college uses gaming to bring real-world relevance to courses

Lambton College is developing a pilot program to test out gaming in six of its courses — including first-year math, electrical circuits, and hair removal — to see if the use of…

MOOCs: What’s a great college class worth when it’s free?

“Take Ivy League classes while snuggled cozily in bed … for free? Sign me up,” writes Annalisa Kraft-Linder. “Thanks to the growing popularity of Massive Open Online Courses, many elite…

Moore’s Law touches education at last — to techie’s delight

Most of Silicon Valley basks in the delights of Moore’s Law: that prophetic 1965 declaration explaining why computing power keep getting cheaper and faster at a breakneck pace. Education, however,…

NY gets new bootcamp for data scientists: It’s free, but harder to get into than Harvard

There are plenty of programmers who can match a startup’s pace. There are plenty of PhDs with solid research backgrounds. But there’s a serious dearth of job applicants equipped with…

Harry Potter Fans Made a MOOC for Hogwarts, and You Can Enroll Now

As a 10-year-old reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I had but one wish: that I, too, would soon receive an owl from Hogwarts, a letter of acceptance that…

Out in front, and optimistic, about online education

LONDON — Besides his name and email address Richard C. Levin’s new black-and-white business cards contain just two short lines of type: “Coursera” and “CEO,” reports the New York Times. Mr.…

The day the Big Data hype died

“March 28, 2014 may well go down as the turning point where Big Data lost its placement as a silver bullet and came down to earth in a more productive…

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