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Large state university rolls out new engagement tool

The Ohio State University is rolling out Top Hat campus wide as the selected classroom engagement system to nearly 65,000 students and 7,000 faculty members. The rollout started May 1, 2015…

Lecturing to ghosts: Blurring the face-to-face and online divide

Are any of us as college professors better than Google as an instructor? Is there anything value-added vis-à-vis your classroom teaching? Might one contribute a unique understanding, or presentation, of…

6 ways to improve college math placement–and why it’s critical

States and colleges are being urged to revise their math placement policies in an effort to help more community college and four-year college students pursue and enter STEM fields. The efforts…

Revealing statistics highlight campus video boom

Video is becoming more pervasive in lecture halls across the nation, with 67 percent of respondents in a recent survey indicating that video is used in student assignments. Fifty-nine percent…

Everything goes in first-of-its-kind science degree

In the wake of an influential 2011 McKinsey report showing that the U.S. may face a shortfall of 190,000 data scientists by 2018, several prominent universities—including Columbia, Stanford, and UC…

Largest MOOC ever credits ELL

The humanities aren’t often known for their pull when it comes to attracting a MOOC crowd, but one online learning platform may have found a global crowd pleaser with its…

Dispelling common myths on how to improve student achievement

According to Dr. John Hattie, a professor and researcher at Melbourne's Graduate School of Education, research and detailed statistical examination can determine which teaching methods actually improve student achievement and…

OpenStax College collaborates to offer free online STEM text

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College and the American Society for Microbiology Press are teaming up to produce Microbiology, a new introductory-level textbook due for release in spring 2016 that will…

Should universities require arts training for STEM students?

As creative director and product designer for Amazon Inc.’s Lab126 in Silicon Valley, Mike Bauerly daily is thankful he got two very different bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa…

University begins project to help blind students with math

Until he was 13, Logan Prickett did everything a normal child did. However, anaphylactic reaction to contrast dye in an MRI test left him blind and confined to a wheelchair, without…

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