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Understanding the symbolism of digital badges

Washington, DC -- Kyle Bowen, director of education technology at Pennsylvania State University, said he thinks credentials, be they traditional grades or digital badges, are little more than…

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Blended learning gets the Khan Academy treatment

In a somewhat ironic twist, blended learning has been lacking in a resource it aims to help promote: video resources. However, thanks to a new partnership between a…

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Will book publishers go the way of ice delivery?

A Virginia community college is piloting a textbook-free degree program comprised entirely of open educational resources (OER) — from textbooks to the program itself, the components of which…

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How to make flipped learning work in higher education

Once the domain of the most innovative and experimental faculty members, the flipped classroom model has made its way into higher education’s mainstream as students offer their approval…

Controlling Technology Costs

Campus budgets for instructional technology and other IT costs have taken a hit in recent years—and regardless of how much money is available for these items, campus technology…

MOOCs: the future of higher education, or a passing phase?

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have quickly become one of the most polarizing developments in higher education. Many in higher ed see these MOOCs as innovations that could…

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The rise of Big Data brings tremendous possibilities and frightening perils

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust, The Huffington Post reports. The failure of…

Group urges checks on online learning at MIT

Concerned about the pace of change brought about by online learning, an Institute subcommittee is now preparing to recommend a “face-time” degree requirement, strong oversight of on-campus MITx…

Take me out to the MOOC game

Baseball’s opening day is behind us, but if you can’t get enough of this spring ritual, you can savor another opening day of sorts May 29, when a…

Are college campuses obsolete?

On one recent night, the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series put forth a motion on Columbia University’s campus: “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete.” This is…

Hadoop there it is: Big Data tech gaining traction

As companies collect more data on how consumers interact with their businesses, the Hadoop open source storage system is emerging as a key technology for breaking up large…