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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC

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Data from Coursera and Udacity scratch the surface of crucial questions about MOOC demographics. One early finding is that most of the students are from outside the U.S.

Studies shed more light on student research skills

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Undergraduates might not be great at research, but study suggests that the information literacy of first-generation students does improve over time.

Pulse podcast discusses Seton Hill U's iPad experiment

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This month's edition of The Pulse podcast features a conversation with Mary Ann Gawelek, provost of Seton Hill University, discussing how the institution's iPad experiment has fared.

Survey: 40% of Students Don't Last 10 Minutes Without Digital Devices

A survey of 500 college students has found that 67 percent can't go more than an hour without using some sort of digital technology, and that 40 percent can't go more than 10 minutes. The independently conducted survey was prepared for CourseSmart, which sells e-textbooks on behalf of leading publishers. The survey found that students today are more likely to bring a laptop to class than to bring a textbook.

 

UNC-Greensboro may offer its first fully online degree -- in philosophy

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U. of North Carolina-Greensboro might soon offer its first fully online undergraduate degree -- in philosophy.

Public colleges outsource online teaching coaches with new service

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Nonprofit group offers a pool of online teaching coaches to public universities, helping them staff growing programs quickly and cheaply. Adjunct advocates don't like new form of outsourcing.

Candace Thille talks MOOCs and machine learning

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In a podcast interview, Open Learning Initiative director Candace Thille talks MOOCs, big data, and what we might soon know about learning.

Northeastern U. to Open Graduate Campus in Seattle

Northeastern University on Tuesday officially unveiled plans to open a Seattle graduate campus in September. The Boston-based university last year launched a graduate campus in Charlotte, N.C., and plans to start other campuses in Austin, Minneapolis and Silicon Valley. The Seattle branch will feature 16 degree programs, including cybersecurity and engineering, which will be geared to the city's technology sector. Tayloe Washburn, a local business leader, will be the campus's dean and executive officer.

Academic Minute: Internet Architecture

In today’s Academic Minute, Edmund Yeh of Northeastern University explains how the structure of the Internet could be changed to improve efficiency. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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Big Boost for Computing Research at Berkeley

The Simons Foundation today plans to announced a $60 million grant to the University of California at Berkeley to create a center for the study of the theory of computing, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported that the work to be done in the center reflects the breadth of fields from the physical and social sciences in which computing theory has growing influence.

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