Vanderbilt University creates institute devoted to digital learning, MOOCs

Vanderbilt University has created a new institute that will study MOOCs and other forms of online learning.

As the conversation surrounding massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other means of online learning gets louder, many universities are still trying to sort through the noise and find the most effective ways to implement the evolving MOOC technology.

Now Vanderbilt University has created a new institute that it hopes will begin to cut through the MOOC hype.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning will focus on creating a strategy for how to best use the online courses offered through the university and through MOOCs, according to an announcement. It will manage Vanderbilt’s partnership with MOOC provider Coursera and the content it creates for the MOOC platform.…Read More

Some colleges have second thoughts on Gmail

Sixty percent of colleges that outsource eMail services use Gmail, according to a 2009 survey.
Sixty percent of colleges that outsource eMail services use Gmail, according to a 2009 survey.

A small-scale backlash against Google’s free eMail service and applications has included at least three prominent universities this year, after many colleges had begun moving to the outsourced Gmail system to save money and simplify support.

The cloud-based eMail system has appealed to college students since Google launched its campus Gmail pilot in 2004, educators said, and Google officials maintain that colleges continued to adopt Gmail even as negative headlines circulated this spring.

More than 8 million K-12 and college students use Gmail and Google Apps, according to the company.…Read More