Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?  

The evidence is largely anecdotal, and the research is inconclusive, but many professors say reading online clearly hampers students’ ability to take in what they study.



How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online  

As distance learning goes mainstream, colleges are rethinking how they train faculty members.


How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs

College systems in Kentucky and other states are turning to companies for information that is more current and detailed than federal data on the skills that employers are looking for.



Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins  

Decades after colleges embraced courses that students could take at their own pace, the trend is toward synchrony once again.



To Track a Predator: How the Police Identify Threats on Social Media  

Campus police departments are stepping up their efforts to scan the internet for messages that appear to threaten violence. But millions of social-media posts amount to a very large haystack.



MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype'  

Richard McKenzie thought that free, online courses could change higher education, and maybe his life. That was before his own class fell apart.



Remember Second Life? Its Fans Hope to Bring VR Back to the Classroom

Evolving virtual-reality technology holds great promise for higher education, reports A.J. Kelton, director of emerging and instructional technology at Montclair State University.


How One 84-Year-Old Professor Thinks About Tech in the Classroom  

William Wendt, who teaches online and hybrid courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, says, "You have to go with the modern world, and things change."



What the Slowdown in Ed-Tech Investment Means for Colleges  

Some start-ups may well burn out, but at least two areas are still growing: career services and learning analytics.


UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

In a fresh example of the growth of open educational resources, the press will work with faculty members who want to create and post their own materials online.



Why Georgetown's Randy Bass Wants to 'Rebundle' College  

Believe it or not, he says, traditional institutions have a long history of innovation. His university's project on the future of higher education intends to continue that trend.



Elsevier’s Purchase of Social-Sciences Hub May Signal a Strategy Shift  

The move by the publishing giant caused a ruckus on social media.



Why Audrey Watters Thinks Tech Is a Trojan Horse Set to ‘Dismantle’ the Academy  

In a new podcast, a prominent critic of education technology deconstructs what she calls the "Silicon Valley narrative."



Backer of Student Loans Pivots in Push to Reshape Higher Education  

USA Funds is increasingly a player — to some, a suspect one — in efforts aimed at helping students make strong connections between college and their career.


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This Mongolian Teenager Aced a MOOC. Now He Wants to Widen Their Impact.

Battushig Myanganbayar enrolled at MIT after crushing one of its first massive open online courses. And he has some ideas about how they could make a real difference in the developing world.


Online Badges Help Refugees Prove Their Academic Achievements  

A novel program in Germany seeks to recognize migrants’ educational attainment even though they might lack the diploma to prove it.



How Academics Can Use Snapchat to Share Their Research  

A Norwegian professor posts videos on the platform, even though it deletes them after 24 hours.


Who Do You Want to Hear From on Our Podcast?

We've talked with renegade teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, longtime educators, and others shaping the future of college. Who should be next?



Why This MIT Dean Is Leaving Her Job to Start a New Kind of University  

Christine Ortiz explains how her radical project was sparked by interdisciplinary body-armor research and some time spent on a technology-free retreat.


How Bitcoin Technology Could Make College Credentials More Secure  

Researchers see potential for a digital ledger, called the "blockchain," to help employers check whether job applicants have really taken the courses they say they have.


JetBlue Will Pay Employees’ College Tuition Upfront  

The new program, for online classes at Thomas Edison State University, follows the model devised by Starbucks but goes further.



Tyler Cowen Says Online Professors Should Think Like Bloggers  

The economics blogger and George Mason University professor says the distinction between universities and non-university educators is "crumbling." Just look at his Marginal Revolution University.



The Digital Campus: Tech Innovators 2016

Meet this year's tech innovators — nine men, women, and projects using education technology boldly and broadly.