Helping MOOC students navigate open educational resources

The MIT-Fujitsu partnership will give students access to thousands of STEM resources.

Open education, open textbooks, massive open online courses (MOOCs) — there’s a common element that ties together many of higher education’s most-hyped online learning buzz phrases.

You’ll find it in the first “O” of MOOC.

But educators adopting that “O,” also tend to inherit the “M,” as in massive amounts of students, information and resources. Managing a large volume of material and finding ways to get such a large body of students to connect with that material can be a challenge.…Read More

How to avoid the Wi-Fi blues in academia

Campus IT staffers have tracked the Wi-Fi demand of mobile devices like the iPad.

Back-to-school season brings as much dread to IT executives in the education field as it does to the students sitting at the desks. As the proliferation of wireless devices in the classroom becomes widespread, the use of iPads, iPhones, and Android handsets by students and faculty causes a constant strain on school wireless networks.

It’s not just the increased number of wireless devices accessing those networks, either. Some websites, applications, and devices are notoriously data-hungry.

The average iPad consumes 400 percent more Wi-Fi data than the average Android, iPod, and iPhone, according to a recent study from Meraki, a company specializing in cloud computing that has worked with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).…Read More

Chegg moves beyond textbook rentals

Chegg allows students to read books online while they wait for their hardcopy books.

Online textbook rental company Chegg wants college students to visit its website all year round, not just in the hectic first few days of every semester.

Chegg.com announced Aug. 18 a major expansion of its website that will not only add more eTextbooks, but also integrate other digital content such as homework help, professor ratings, and a study guide marketplace.

Read more about online books rental services in higher education……Read More