MOOC Teaches How to Cheat in Online Courses, With Eye to Prevention

3 May 2013

In a few weeks, Bernard Bull, assistant vice president for academics at Concordia University Wisconsin, will ask participants in his new course to cheat.

There’s a caveat, though. They’ll have to disclose to the rest of the class exactly how they cheated. “Of course, if the assignment is to cheat, then you’re not really cheating,” Mr. Bull admitted.

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Does Khan Academy help learners? A proposal

12 February 2013

February 11, 2013, 7:45 am

By Robert Talbert

Last week’s flare-up over Khan Academywas interesting on a number of levels, one of which is that we got a new look at some of the arguments used in KA’s favor. Perhaps one of the most prominent defenses against KA criticism is: Khan Academy is free and really helps a lot of people. You can’t argue with the “free” part. On the other hand, the part about “helping” is potentially a very strong argument in KA’s favor —but there are two big problems with the way in which this is being presented by KA people.

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SimCity EDU announced

7 February 2013

Online Community Provides Educators with STEM-focused Curriculum Tools Based on Award-Winning SimCity Videogame

Electronic Arts, in collaboration with GlassLab, today announced SimCityEDU, an online educational community based on the award-winning SimCityTM videogame. SimCityEDU will serve as a resource for classroom teachers who have a strong interest in utilizing digital platforms as a learning tool to drive student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects*

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Wellesley College teams up with on-line provider edX

5 December 2012

Classes at liberal arts colleges bring to mind small groups of students bunched around a long wooden table, batting around big ideas with a professor.

That tradition would seem at odds with the new trend in higher education, opening courses to the masses via the Internet. But now a new partnership involving Wellesley College is seeking to bridge these two worlds, in a test of how humanities classes will translate into the growing on-line arena.

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American Council on Education May Recommend Some Coursera Offerings for College Credit

13 November 2012

The American Council on Education has agreed to review a handful of free online courses offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges grant credit for them.

The move could lead to a world in which many students graduate from traditional colleges faster by taking self-guided courses on the side, taught free by professors from Stanford University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and other well-known colleges.

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Jasig and Sakai Foundations To Pursue Merger

8 November 2012

Is this merger a sign of reduced support for both projects and the need to bring funding sources together to support future efforts?

Early this year, Jasig, the parent organization for uPortal, CAS, Bedework and other open source software serving higher education, and the Sakai Foundation, which supports the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, formed Board-level groups to examine ways the two organizations could collaborate more closely. These Strategic Alliance Committees, led by Jasig Chair Aaron Godert, and Sakai Foundation Chair Josh Baron, met in New York in September to consolidate the outcomes of their discussions and bring proposals to their respective Boards.

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Drupal LMS to replace Moodle – Sakai – Instructure – Blackboard

8 November 2012

A Georgia-based company today announced at Educause 2012 the availability of an enterprise extensible LMS built fully on Drupal technology. The company expects to take Moodle, Instructure and Blackboard head on by leveraging one of the world’s largest open source communities to deploy an enterprise open source learning management system.

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The Digital Preservation Network

8 November 2012

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) was formed to ensure that the complete scholarly record is preserved for future generations. DPN uses a federated approach to preservation. The higher education community has created many digital repositories to provide long-term preservation and access. By replicating multiple dark copies of these collections in diverse nodes, DPN protects against the risk of catastrophic loss due to technology, organizational or natural disasters.

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Announcing the enhanced Blackboard Learn

7 November 2012

We took your feedback. We put our heads together. And we created a more efficient, engaging LMS. Introducing the enhanced Blackboard Learn.

Timesaving tools and a modern, user-friendly design let you focus on what’s important—whether that’s teaching, learning or leading your institution to success. And with My Blackboard, a new home base that’s one click away, all the critical information from Blackboard Learn is consolidated into one, organized location.

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Google debuts $250 laptop — the Chromebook

22 October 2012

Google laid out the next step of its Chromebook effort on Thursday by introducing a thin, light, Samsung-built laptop attached to a killer number — $250.

“It’s the best laptop that’s ever been designed at this price,” said Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google’s Chrome browser, OS and product teams. “We assume that you have a Windows machine in your home, or maybe a Mac. This isn’t built to replace those machines but instead be an additional computer.” The same way a tablet or smartphone are for many today.

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