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U. of Texas president wants faculty input on future of online education

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In report to faculty and students, UT president outlines principles for online education and asks for greater input from professors. 

Researchers wait to see if students want transfer credits for MOOCs

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As fall approaches, some campuses get ready to grant credit for MOOCs.

University libraries look to reduce licensing costs

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In an effort to reduce the hundreds of thousands of dollars students spend each year on course material to which they have free access, colleges are looking to technology and internal cooperation.

Controversial California bill to outsource student learning dead until 2014 or later

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Controversial California legislation that would have given a major boost to nontraditional forms of instruction is on hold for at least a year.

MIT releases report on its role in the case against Internet activist Aaron Swartz

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Six months after Aaron Swartz's suicide, report says MIT acted appropriately but missed opportunity to be leader on key legal and technology issues. Critics call it a whitewashing.

Despite warnings that young scholars could be doomed by open access dissertations, evidence is mixed

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There is some evidence that young scholars could hurt their chances at publication by posting dissertations online, but also concerns that lengthy embargoes could hurt scholarship and fail to recognize changes wrought by the Internet.

Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity

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San Jose State's experiment with MOOC provider attracted enormous attention when it was launched. But students didn't do as well as they did in traditional classes.

MOOCs spread quickly, aided by no-bid deals with public universities

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MOOC providers are doing deals all over the country, in part through a series of no-bid agreements with public higher ed institutions.

Higher ed leaders urge slow down of MOOC train

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Leading voices in higher ed start to urge more reflection and study of MOOCs -- with less emphasis on rushing to join a movement.

As universities rush into online learning, one veteran player looks at its own performance

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As Oregon State's distance education efforts grow, professors raise questions about who does the teaching, how they are paid and whether anyone has figured out how learning compares online and in person.

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