2 Profs, 75,000 Students + 4 Ways to Make the Humanities MOOC Work

When Dr. Al Filreis leads a small group of students through a nuanced interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s “I dwell in possibility,” he sits with them shoulder-to-shoulder, pen in hand, prompting one after the other to tease out the meaning of Dickinson’s words.  Filreis is not only teaching the seven who sit around the small table at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, PA, but also 32,337 others who sit at their own tables all over the world. | 0 Comments

Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill

California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free. | 0 Comments


Developers: Up with iOS, down with HTML5

A just-released survey of more than 5,000 developers put another massive dent in in HTML5's reputation as a development platform for mobile apps, locking in its reputation as one of the most overhyped technologies in years. Apple, though, still shines in the hearts of developers. Android? Not so much. | 0 Comments


Chicago plans to expand super-fast Internet, free Wi-Fi

The Emanuel administration today is unveiling the first portion of a much-anticipated initiative to position Chicago for the digital age with expanded access to ultra-high-speed broadband links.
The two-pronged plan, dubbed the "broadband challenge," seeks private partners to bring relatively low-cost, gigabit-speed Internet to 15 emerging business zones, most of them academic centers outside the Loop, and to offer free Wi-Fi in every park in the city.


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