Category Archives: Technology

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U. of Kansas Can’t Expel Student Over Derogatory Tweets, Court Rules

The University of Kansas must reinstate a student it expelled for derogatory tweets he posted about his ex-girlfriend, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Navid Yeasin, who was expelled in 2013, couldn’t be held responsible under the university’s code of student conduct because there was “no proof in the record that Yeasin posted the tweets while he was on campus,” and the code governs only behavior on the campus or at university-sponsored events…


5 College Rankings Based on the White House’s New College Scorecard Data

The White House this weekend released a new consumer tool, the College Scorecard, aimed at helping students and their parents compare colleges. To the great delight of higher-ed wonks, the Obama administration also released the troves of data underlying the tool — including previously unavailable figures on student debt, loan repayment, and graduate earnings.

Caveats abound. Most notably, the earnings data — which is based on tax records — includes only students who received federal loans or…


Technology Chief at Minnesota Resigns Following Misconduct Allegations

The chief information officer at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Scott Studham, resigned this month following accusations of misconduct related to contracts, hiring, and spending, the Star-Tribune reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr. Studham had left to focus on training for an Ironman triathlon. But the Star-Tribune said Mr. Studham had resigned on September 4 at the request of the university’s president, Eric W. Kaler.

The news of Mr. Studham’s exit followed t…


Historians’ Group Issues Guidelines on Digital Scholarship, Tenure, and Promotion

The American Historical Association has published guidelines for how historians’ digital scholarship should be counted toward tenure and promotion.

According to the guidelines, scholars should be encouraged to experiment with digital scholarship, but must be prepared to explain the benefits of the digital medium to their departments. Meanwhile, departments are advised to make explicit which modes of digital scholarship will count toward tenure and promotion, among other things.

Read the associat…


Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard, Is Running for President

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, announced on Sunday that he was running for president. Mr. Lessig, a leading copyright scholar and Internet-law expert, said last month that he would enter the 2016 presidential race if he could raise $1 million by Labor Day. Speaking on the ABC News program This Week, Mr. Lessig said he had exceeded that goal in a crowdfunding effort.

Mr. Lessig, who plans to run for the Democratic nomination, said that, if elected, he would serve as a “referendu…


This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday.

According to the researchers, some students are creating at least two accounts in a MOOC — one or more with which to purposely fail assignments in order to discover the correct answers, wh…


Faculty Union Wins New Protection From Student Abuse After Yik Yak Incident

The faculty union at Eastern Michigan University, where the anonymous online harassment of instructors last year threw a freshman honors class into disarray, has won at least some protection from such student abuse.

The union, the Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors, had made ensuring the classroom safety of faculty members a top priority in contract talks undertaken after the honors-class meltdown, which involved students’ using the online sm…


Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig Eyes Protest Bid for President

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and Internet-law expert, is exploring a run for president, The New York Times reports. Mr. Lessig, a prominent copyright scholar who helped found the nonprofit organization Creative Commons in 2002, wrote on his blog that, if elected, he would be a “referendum president” who would push forward a package of reforms and then promptly resign from the post.

Mr. Lessig has already opened his own campaign website, where he describes his proposed Citizen…


San Jose State President, Who Led Online Push, Will Leave for Post in Afghanistan

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, whose aggressive moves in online education and campus technology drew sharp faculty criticism, announced on Monday that he would step down as president of San Jose State University next month in order to serve as chief technology adviser to the president of Afghanistan, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Mr. Qayoumi, an Afghan native who has led the California university since 2011, had ambitions to make the institution as innovative as the Silicon Valley businesses that sur…


Researchers Plan ‘Credential Registry’ to Compare Educational Qualifications

Students’ academic paths are more varied than ever. Someone might earn a bachelor’s degree in English or history from a selective college, and then go on to General Assembly’s boot camp to get a coding degree or certificate.

The widening range of labor-market credentials available have pushed researchers to propose a credential registry, similar to a database of academic programs, that will offer a deeper look at different certifications. Researchers at George Washington University’s Institute…