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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…


2-Year Colleges in Calif. Hope Online-Course Upgrades Will Improve Completion

Representatives of the California Community Colleges on Monday announced upgrades in their online-course system, the California Virtual Campus, that are intended to improve students’ completion rates.

The college system said the effort was designed to make it easier for students to find courses that fulfill transfer requirements and create pathways to the California State University system. Among the improvements are a design that works better on mobile phones and includes an improved search fun…


U. of Florida Gets Few Takers for Online Path to Campus

The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer.

Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn’t been well explained. “This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explai…


Temple U. Professor Is Charged With Offering China Sensitive Technology

The chairman of Temple University’s physics department has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide China with sensitive U.S. defense technology, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud. He allegedly sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing information about a device invented by a private American company.

The charges were announced …


Mass Email About Gay Marriage Irks Some at Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is re-examining how it sends mass emails after the whole campus received one on Tuesday that seemed to worry urgently that the U.S. Supreme Court would legalize same-sex marriage, Michigan Live reports.

Students, faculty, and staff received the email stating that “ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now,” and that “I do not even think we can imagine the effects this could have on our nation, the church, and families.” The email was sent from the account of Bish…


How Would You Describe College in 5 Words? The Question Is Burning Up Twitter

The hottest hashtag in the higher-ed Twittersphere right now is #collegein5words, an admirable undertaking to boil down the college experience to just five words. Everybody’s getting in on the action, from the White House …

… to Domino’s Pizza …

Here are some of my favo…