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Call it the year of the mega-class.

First a Stanford University professor opened his computer-science course up to anyone who wanted to join in online. Soon some of the world's best-known universities tried similar experiments. It's a mix of self-service learning and crowd-sourced teaching.

The reality, though, is that professors have been slow to reshape their strategies. | Read More »

Highlights

55%

That share of students owned smartphones in 2011, but many admitted lacking some basic technology skills.

42.6%

That percentage of university presidents was already using iPads in 2011, the year after they were introduced.

1%

For a major college-bookstore operator, only a tiny percentage of course-materials revenue came from e-books in 2011-12.

50.6%

That was Blackboard's share of the learning-management-systems market in 2011, down from 57.1 percent in 2010.

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