Digital Learning in 'Inside Higher Ed' This Week

Among the numerous issues covered: the state of the master's degree; setback for Grand Canyon's nonprofit conversion; $1 billion for computer science in Virginia; truce in the laptop wars?

November 13, 2019
 

Inside Higher Ed published numerous articles of potential interest to "Inside Digital Learning" readers this week. They include:

  • Attendees at an Inside Higher Ed conference on the state of the master's degree spent a significant amount of time discussing the impact of online education on that landscape. Thoughtful experts such as Sean Gallagher of Northeastern University, Fiona Hollands of Columbia University's Teachers College, James Hilton of the University of Michigan and Gates Bryant of Tyton Partners discussed microcredentials, pricing and other topics.
  • The Education Department put a major roadblock in the way of Grand Canyon University's plan to transform itself into a nonprofit institution, saying it would treat the heavily online institution as a for-profit for purposes of federal financial aid. On Tuesday, the department further explained its rationale, as Grand Canyon pushed back hard.
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia will produce an additional 31,000 technology graduates over the next 20 years, Governor Ralph Northam announced last week. The state has committed close to $1 billion to the state's universities to hit that mark.
  • A professor proposes a "truce in the perennial battle over laptops in the classroom."

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