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Beyond the Transcript
Reddit and Weep
Ed Tech's Funding Frenzy
Negotiating a New Social Contract for Digital Data
Online, Cheap -- and Elite
Publishers Win Big in Fake-Textbook Lawsuit
New York Doubles Down on Open Educational Resources
Accidental Exposure
Six Transformational Ideas for the New Year
'We All Felt Trapped'
Fibbing for Rankings
Socrates, Plato and Education Spending
The Voodoo That MOOCs Do
Can We End 'The End of College' Already?
Why I Cancelled My Kindle Unlimited Subscription
Applying 'Winners Take All' To Higher Ed
Policies and Conversation
The Future of On-Campus Higher Education?
Contributions and Connections
Accreditation Under Fire
ASU and edX, Further Thoughts
The Word David Brooks Dare Not Speak
Widening Wealth Gap
Does Harvard Need Your Money?
Objections to the OECD's AHELO
What Is Detected?
The Language of Learning Analytics
Defining College
Responding to Free
Educational Innovation as a Verb, Not a Noun
When the Only Seat Is in Front of a Screen
Keeping Up With Competency
Admissions Revolution
Of MOOCs and Men
Mobile Learning: Apps vs. Web?
Language of Protest
Mao's MOOC Rehabilitation
Reimagining Online Education
College at Oxford Will Remove Cecil Rhodes Plaque
Put Down Your Damn Cell Phones
Open-Access Best Sellers
Are At-Risk Students Bunnies to Be Drowned?
The Limits of Open
The Theranos Story and Education Technology
Creating an Infrastructure for Open Access
A Simple Solution on Student Loans
Into the Fray
Foundations of Strategy, Part 3: Technology
The Next Open Source Movement
A Gripe Session at Blackboard
Elsevier Won't Pay (Any More) for Praise
Fans and Fears of 'Lecture Capture'
Blackboard Accuses Desire2Learn of Contempt
Home Dissection Kits and More
Competencies Over Courses in Medical Education
Evidence of the Tuition Bubble
Tenure and the Public Sociologist
Who Gets How Much Money and Where It Goes
Jury Sides With Blackboard in Patent Case
A Skeptic'S Take On Academic Blogs
When Wikipedia Is the Assignment
Harvard Opts In to Opt Out Plan
The World Is Open
Online and Underpaid?
Can Anyone Police File Sharing?
Against Syllabi
A New Red Scare
Is Phoenix the Future?
Web Site That Went Too Far
Questioning the Admissions Assumptions
Really Open Source
Growth Industry
New Option for Student Shoppers: E-Books
The Mindset of Freshmen
Text vs. Text vs. Text
Beyond Busy
When E-Mail Is Outsourced
Outsourced Grading
The President and the World
A Dogged Pursuit
Easing the Copyright Challenge
Too Much Information?
Easing the Copyright Challenge
Between What's Right and What's Easy
Clickers, Pedagogy and Edtechtainment
The Shift Away From Print
Twisting in the Wind
The ‘Crisis’ in Higher Ed Financing
What They Don't Teach You in Graduate School
Aiming the Can(n)on
Anonymous Power
Another View on The Access Principle
Questions from a Provocateur
Could RateMyProfessors.Com Be Right?
An Idea Too Dangerous to Ignore
Hey, You! Pay Attention!
Blackboard-WebCT Merger Approved
Serious Bloggers
It'S Culture, Not Morality
New York Times Enters Distance Learning Market
Blackboard Buys Angel
Power 101
The Tyranny of Citations
Blasting Academic Silos
A Wiki Situation
In Whose Interest?
Connecting the Dots
Public Access
How to Judge For-Profits
What If Higher Ed Funds Don'T Help Economy?
The Impact of Dropping the SAT
Hooking Up, Politically
Divided Mind
Privatization and Public Universities
Changing the Report, After the Vote
Momentum for Open Access Research
You May Have Been YouTubed
The Next Level of Open Source
MOOC Synthesizer
Skype Skirmishes on Campus
Opening Up Online Learning
Putting What Works to Better Use
Higher Ed'S Conflict of Interest Problem
The Engaged E-Learner
Blackboard Patents Challenged
Skills Training a la Carte
The New Assessment Market
Blackboard Makes a Pledge
A Bridge Between Blackboard and Open Source?
Jerry Springer U.
Campus Downloading Crackdown
Reject the Finish in 4 Fad
Explaining the Crackdown On Student Downloading
Davidson Eliminates All Loans
Revolt Against Outsourced Courses
The Flawed Metaphor of the Spellings Summit
Elephant Not in the Room
The Problem Too Big to Be Seen
A Systemic Scandal
Ideas to Shake Up Publishing
Showdown Over File Sharing
Facelifts for the Facebook Generation
Well, If They'Re Already Using It ...
Newt and a MOOC
Grading Clout?
The Harvard Trickle-Down Effect
It'S a Mac! It'S a PC! It'S ... Both?
Global U.
Blogs and Wikis and 3D, Oh My!
Facebook, Meet Blackboard
What Doomed Global Campus?
The Game of Ghost Writing
Wannabe U
Open Courses: Free, but Oh So Cheap
E-Learning's 'Third Phase'
A Call for Copyright Rebellion
Catching Up to Canada
Another One Bites the Dust
Open Access Encyclopedias
Clean Slate
Frustration Over Framing
Student Data Systems, Unite!
Highlighting E-Readers
The iPad and the LMS
The Human Element
The Great Brain Race
Drawing the Wrong Conclusions
Comparing Higher Ed to Wall Street
Higher Education's Big Lie
Avatars to Teach the Teachers
First Reactions to Blackboard Buying Wimba and Elluminate
O Canada
Abandoning an Experiment
Open-Source Lecture Capture
Rankings: a case of blurry pictures of the academic landscape?
The Rise of the 'Edupunk'
Learning From For-Profits
Is Fundamental Change Really ‘Inevitable'?
Building a Strong Higher Education System: China's Ambition
11 Ed Tech Ideas for 2011
So, Students Don't Learn -- Now What?
Redefining Colleges' Costs and Benefits
Let Them Surf
Killing Peer Review
Class Dismissed
Re-Assassination of Trotsky
Open Questions on Open Courseware
Online and Incomplete
Freeing the LMS
Shutting Down Open Resources
E-Book, In-House
MITx: The Next Chapter for University Credentialing?
Pulling for Better E-Textbook Prices
The Year Ahead in IT, 2012
Relaunching the iPad
Why Pay for Intro Textbooks?
Big Data's Arrival
Open Access and Interventionism
Blackboard's Open-Source Pivot
4 Reasons Why the Bonk MOOC is So Interesting
How Will MOOCs Make Money?
MOOCs and the Rest of 'Online'
MOOCs and the Professoriate
The Real Tsunami
Humanities Ph.D. in 4 Years
Massive Courses, Massive Data
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Unpacking the MOOC as Buzzword
Without Credit
Making It Count
Assembly Line
The Online Pecking Order
Riding the MOOC Wave
MOOCs' Little Brother
MOOCing On Site
The MOOC Survivors
Gates, MOOCs and Remediation
MOOC Host Expands
Rifts Over Global Test of Learning
Marketing to the MOOC Masses
We Need to Talk About Kevin, er, Open Access
A Disruption Grows Up?
Texas MOOCs for Credit?
Gore Vidal and Harvard
The Internet Agenda
Formerly Known as Students
How 'Open' Are MOOCs?
Establishment Opens Door for MOOCs
Digital Badging for Veterans
Freelance Professors
Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed?
The Year Ahead in IT, 2013
Growth for Online Learning
Paying for Proof
Unthinking Technophilia
As California Goes?
Lessons Learned From a Consortium That Fizzled
When a $100M Installation Doesn't Go as Planned
In Defense of Essays
The Good Life and Open Online Learning
Self-Proclaimed Alternative to College Closes After a Year
Reflecting on the Original Big Idea for MOOCs
'Passing on the Right'
In Britain, the Wealthy Get Wealthier
Equal Promises, Unequal Experiences
How (Not) to Hide a Scandal
All Rights Reserved
Predictive Analytics for Publishing
Refusing to Be Measured
20 Ways Instructional Designers Are Ruining My Meetings
The Limits of Competition
Autograding System Goes Awry, Students Fume
LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Higher Ed
For Your Anti-Union Information
Virtual Reality on the Horizon
Why Higher Ed Must Resist the ‘Platform Revolution’
Journal Retracts 29 Articles, Explaining Little
Pressure to Spend More on Poor Students
Supporting Sci-Hub vs. Explaining Sci-Hub
Outrage Over a University's $999 Online Textbook
Orienting, Not Informing
Why 'Innovation' Has Become a Dirty Word Across Much of Higher Ed IT
Is the Future of Liberal Arts Programs “K-Shaped”?
Zero Correlation Between Evaluations and Learning
Statewide Data on OER Savings
Can Your Productivity Be Measured?
Against Assessment: You Can't Measure The Unmeasurable
Blockchain Pixie Dust
Not Everyone’s Hero
'Augmented Intelligence' for Higher Ed
Students Pop in for Pop-Ups
Questioning 'Identity Liberalism'
Transforming the Value Proposition
Why Faculty Still Don’t Want to Teach Online
‘How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education’
Preparing Graduates for Future Knowledge Practices
No More 'Beall's List'
Publishing's Prestige Bias
Education for All… Even a ‘Nazi’?
‘Regaining Public Trust’
« Back to News Print This Is 'Inclusive Access' the Future for Publishers?
Maybe College Isn't the Great Equalizer
25 Years Without a Raise
Professors and Politics: What the Research Says
Berkeley Will Delete Online Content
Free MOOCs Face the Music
Thoughts on the UMUC IT Spin Off
Can We Afford Free Textbooks?
A Marketplace in Confusion
What An Expensive SF Restaurant That Can't Afford Waiters Tells Us About the Future of Higher Ed
Marching for Science Internationally
Why Haven't MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?
Signs of a Ceiling in Online Ed Market
Look for the Seal
Facebook, an Online Learning Platform?
New Vision for the Monograph
For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT?
Is ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ Overblown?
Opportunity or Exploitation?
OpenStax Launches Learning Platform
Ph.D.-Level Position, $28K Salary
The Attack on Affirmative Action Is Simple and Powerful -- and Wrong
Uncited Research
How Big is the LMS Market?
A Big Publisher Embraces OER
Ivanka’s Syllabus
MIT Introduces Digital Diplomas
Who Gets To Be An Expert In Education?
Persona Non Grata
Does Avoiding Social Media Limit An Alt-Ac Career?
Fraud and Misconduct in Research
A Cengage Buffet
A Robot Goes to College
Libraries and Librarians Aren't About to Disappear
On 'Experiential Learning'
Restaurant Group, Pearson to Offer Free Education to Employees
Educause Steps In to Save New Media Consortium
Are Etextbooks Affordable Now?
Measuring the impact of OER at the University of Georgia
Counting Credentials
Why We Shouldn't Embrace the Genetics of Education
Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed
An Incredible College Lecture Is Now Worth 40 Cents
“Netflix for Books"
Can Universities Live by Their Values?
Universities Team Up on Completion
An Unending Copyright Dispute
EdX’s Struggle for Sustainability
‘Neuromyth’ or Helpful Model?
Higher Education and Identity Issues in Tara Westover’s 'Educated'
Printing Delays Present ‘New Normal’ for Academic Books
Warning on ‘Mirror Journals’
Getting Clearer Signals From Employers
UC Drops Elsevier
Massive Scandal Alleged in College Admissions
Arguing With AI
Drowning in Research Reading? AI Could Help
Walmart Expands Employee Tuition Benefits
The End of the Line for iTunes U?
Boosting Degree Completion With Blockchain
An Open Invitation
Is Amazon Training Its Workers or Creating a College Alternative?
A Reckoning for 2U, and OPMs?
The Global Evidence Against Free College
Linking Liability
Handshake for All
New Research Alliance Cements Split on AI Ethics
Chatting with Chatbots
The Dangers of Fluent Lectures
Your Interview With AI
Getting My Head Around Noodle Partners
The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Education
Harsh Take on Assessment … From Assessment Pros
Free Textbooks for Law Students
Sharing Frank Feedback
A Legal Challenge for Inclusive Access
The ‘Missing Middle’ at Ivy-Plus Colleges
‘Zoombombing’ Attacks Disrupt Classes
Accessibility Suffers During Pandemic
Libraries Brace for Budget Cuts
Reserved: Internet Parking
Online Learning Is Not the Future
Seeing past the pandemic
Making Online Learning Active
Colleges Seek Waivers From Risk-Taking Students
Shutdown, Repeat
Not ‘Glorified Skype’
Building Community
Is Lecturing Racist?
Innovators Seek Zoom University 2.0
4 Reasons Why Every Course Should Be Designed as an Online Course
Why Higher Ed Needs Data Ethics
Bursting Their Bubble
Snitch Switch
Creating Rich Transcripts for Career Activation
‘MOOCs Failed, Short Courses Won’
Time to Rethink AI Proctoring?
What the Pandemic Should Have Taught Us About Effective Teaching
Are Algorithms the Answer?
Inside Higher Ed Acquired by Times Higher Education
Who’ll Pay for Public Access to Federally Funded Research?
Is All Truth Subjective?
An AI playbook for improving college completion
Online course provider 2U questions future amid massive debt
Students Pitted Against ChatGPT to Improve Writing

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