Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

"And in a new Pew Research Center study on attitudes towards privacy, few Americans have any confidence that their data will remain private and secure. They also don't have much faith that government agencies can keep their records private and secure." | 0 Comments

Making Computer Science More Inviting

"When Sonja Khan started college, she’d never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try — and then ended up majoring in it.
Four years later, she has just graduated with a computer science degree, is pursuing a master’s degree and is headed to a summer internship at Facebook." | 0 Comments

New Graduates Test the Promise of Competency-Based Education

"A program at Texas A&M at Commerce offers degrees are flexible, low-cost, and aimed at the needs of the workplace. Will they lead to jobs?"



Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

"Over time, I came to think of this as technology’s Law of Amplification: While technology helps education where it’s already doing well, technology does little for mediocre educational systems; and in dysfunctional schools, it can cause outright harm." | 0 Comments


Arizona State, Rutgers battle web blockages a week before finals

As students rush to finish up assignments during the week before finals, two apparent Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) blocked web access to both Arizona State University (ASU) and Rutgers University systems.
Both ASU and Rutgers are working to make appropriate accommodations to students affected by the situation, such as asking faculty to extend deadlines and change final exam dates. | 0 Comments


U. of Illinois to Offer a Lower-Cost M.B.A., Thanks to MOOCs

"The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign plans to start a low-cost online M.B.A. program in partnership with Coursera, the Silicon Valley-based MOOC provider, hoping to meet its land-grant mission of improving access and also to create a new stream of revenue at a time of shrinking state support for higher education." | 0 Comments


Five Simple Steps to Protect Corporate Data

"That may be difficult to imagine if you follow the headlines. In late 2013, America entered the age of the megabreach when Target Corp. lost 40 million credit-card numbers to Russian-speaking hackers. Since then there’s been Home Depot Inc.,Adobe Systems Inc.,J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., eBay Inc.,Anthem Inc., to name just a few." | 0 Comments


How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges

"Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy Lynda.com, a provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable consequences for higher education." | 0 Comments


Study on MOOCs provides new insights on an evolving space

"Today, a joint MIT and Harvard University research team published one of the largest investigations of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to date. Building on these researchers’ prior work — a January 2014 report describing the first year of open online courses launched on edX, a nonprofit learning platform founded by the two institutions — the latest effort incorporates another year of data, bringing the total to nearly 70 courses in subjects from programming to poetry." | 0 Comments


Many Factors Contribute to Low Share of Women in Engineering and Computing

"Gender bias, workplace exclusion, and a lack of support structures are some of the factors contributing to the lack of women working in engineering and computing, according to a new report by the American Association of University Women.
The report uses outside studies and data to highlight women’s low participation in those fields, possible reasons for it, and suggestions to improve those conditions. The research included data about both higher education and workplace environments." | 0 Comments


Taking The Social Model of Disability Online

"For Christopher Hills, the adaptation of a head switch and text-to-speech software means he can use social media to find a way to use his iPhone to open his front door. And make a film about it. This is taking existing technology and adapting it to suit his needs, rather than trying to make the technology change his body." | 0 Comments


Cut Through the Hype, and MOOCs Still Have Had a Lasting Impact

"In some ways MOOCs have become the love child of a relationship that we regret," says George Siemens, an academic-technology expert at the University of Texas at Arlington who coined the term while teaching an experimental online course seven years ago. "You don’t even say it without someone rolling their eyes." | 0 Comments


The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

"Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is increasingly common. Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students’ capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing." | 0 Comments


Free iPads, With a Catch: They’ll Squeal if You Cut Class

"The university is planning to try out a new app, called Class120, to “ping” its students’ iPads during class periods. If GPS or the campus wi-fi network indicates that someone’s device is not present, the app will send the student an automated reminder, and may notify his or her academic coach as well. (At Lynn, students are expected to carry their iPads to classes.)" | 0 Comments


The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings

With the August 2014 debut of Money magazine’s Best Colleges, the ranks of rankers now include Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, and The Washington Monthly, along with employment-focused companies like LinkedIn, which introduced its University Rankings in October, and PayScale, which will release its sixth annual return-on-investment ranking in March, just before U.S. News publishes the latest edition of its Best Graduate Schools." | 0 Comments


Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks

"College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost “open-source” electronic versions, a new report finds." | 0 Comments

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