Category Archives: Student Life

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Penn State Students Plan a Landing for Their Lunar Lion

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Penn State’s entry in a high-stakes race to land a vehicle safely on the Moon is the Lunar Lion, expected to reach its destination in December 2015. (Penn State U. image)

State College, Pa. — It’s not unusual for engineering students to enter competitions. They regularly build bridges, concrete canoes, submarines, solar houses, even Rube Goldberg machines. But an 80-member team of Pennsylvania State University students is hard at work designing something that is unusual: a Moon lander.

It’s th…

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Duke U. Student’s Porn Career a Boon for Latest College-Themed Gossip Site

In January a Duke University student stumbled upon a piece of gossip that would turn out to be valuable to the campus-gossip website CollegiateACB: One of his female classmates at Duke has a side career as a porn star, working under the pseudonym Belle Knox.

On January 10 the student who had discovered his classmate’s secret shared it with attendees at a fraternity rush event. Before long, the woman’s real name had been posted on CollegiateACB, a message board where students can post anonymous…

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U. of Tennessee at Martin Encourages Helicopter Parents to Hover

Some parents want to continue parenting even after their kids go to college. Helicopter parents, as they are called, try to remain as involved as possible in the lives of their collegiate offspring, despite admonitions against coddling them into a state of arrested development.

Many colleges politely tolerate doting parents. The University of Tennessee at Martin welcomes them.

The university has given parents access to a website where they can see what courses their children have signed up for a…

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Video: Tech Tools Students Say They Can’t Live Without

Students arrive on college campuses with multiple mobile electronic devices. And a quick scan of the Apple Apps store turns up hundreds of note-taking, assignment-sharing, and textbook applications. In this ocean of options, what education technologies are students actually using to help them navigate their studies?

The Chronicle sat down with a trio of graduate students in the communication, culture, and technology program at Georgetown University, and quizzed them about the technology tools th…

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QuickWire: A Booming Business Based on Plagiarism

Turnitin.com has conducted a “research study” of its own effectiveness in discouraging plagiarism, and perhaps not surprisingly it reported on Wednesday that it’s doing a great job.

“Colleges and universities using Turnitin reduced unoriginal writing by 39 percent over the course of the study,” the company said. The report is vague, however, about whether there was a lot of plagiarism to start with, or just a little. All it says for sure is that there’s less now.

What’s more interesting is that …

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6 Technologies Will Change Colleges in Coming Years, Experts Say

A panel of 56 experts on six continents has come up with a list of a half-dozen technologies that “will be most important to teaching, learning, or creative inquiry within the next five years.” The two most imminent, panel members said, are the integration of social media into every aspect of college life and the blending of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning with face-to-face instruction.

The six technologies and the changes they’re expected to bring are detailed in “NMC Horizon Report…

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QuickWire: Digital Tools for College Prep Still Miss Many Students

As more and more aspects of higher education become digitized or enhanced by technology, the process of applying to college and planning a successful career there has followed suit. The problem? Students still fall through the cracks.

A new report looks at the plethora of digital tools marketed to students to help them get into and make the most of college. It tackles individual websites and mobile apps, like College Confidential and Find Tuition, and provides a comprehensive look at what each o…

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Learning Will Become Personalized and Spontaneous, Game Expert Says

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Jane McGonigal foresees an “extreme-learning IT environment.” (Chronicle photograph)

Anaheim, Calif.Jane McGonigal, a game designer and game researcher, says technology will intensify the personalization of the student experience in the coming years.

Speaking here at the Educause conference, Ms. McGonigal described a new environment ”where you can learn anytime, anyplace, and it is full of play and collaboration.”

The game expert is best known for trumpeting gaming as a tool for solving educa…

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Purdue U. Software Prompts Students to Study—and Graduate

Just when students thought they were finished with Mom and Dad’s nagging them to do their homework, a piece of software has taken the parents’ place. But this new nagging reminder, called Signals, has given students at Purdue University a boost in graduation rates.

Across the board, since 2007, students enrolled in at least one class with Signals saw a higher graduation rate than did students who were not in classes with the software, according to data from Purdue. Retention rates for those enro…

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Hackers Unite: Student Cybersecurity Teams Get a Governing Body

Student athletes have long had high-school sports associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now student hackers are getting their own governing body.

The newly created Cybersecurity Competition Federation will link existing but disparate cybersecurity competitions under shared rules, scoring metrics, and ethics. It will cover the secondary and postsecondary competitions, centralizing contests that are an increasingly important tool for the training and recruiting of the ne…