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Jul 08, 2014
A social experiment gone wrong? A protest against Facebook? Performance art? Twitter sleuths attempt to figure out why a Coursera MOOC derailed after one week. UPDATE: The professor speaks.

Booklets

"Online Education: More Than MOOCs" is a collection of news articles and opinion essays -- in print-on-demand format -- about the many forms of online learning that continue to develop outside the white-hot glare of hype surrounding massive open online courses. The articles aim to put recent developments in online education into long-term context, and the essays present the timely thinking of commentators about experts about how distance education is affecting learning and colleges' business models.

The goal is to provide some of Inside Higher Ed's best recent material (both news articles and opinion essays) in one easy-to-read place. Download the booklet here.

This is the fourth in a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

On January 8, 2014, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman led a lively discussion of online education issues in a free webinar. Click here to view a recording of the event.

 
The compilation of articles is made possible in part through advertising support from Loudcloud.

Blogs

Technology and Learning
July 27, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why academic retreats usually go so wrong.

Law, Policy -- and IT?
July 27, 2014 - 4:24pm

Time for "information stewardship."

Digital Tweed
July 27, 2014 - 8:16pm

The New Yorker magazine has opened its archives: enjoy!

Archive

September 7, 2010

While many professors still distrust the popular encyclopedia, some have joined a new effort in which they will work with students to improve entries.

August 31, 2010

As publishers and analysts again wonder if e-books are about to take off, the growing popularity of rental options may play as important a role as technology.

August 26, 2010

Criticism from librarians prompts JSTOR to promise changes to its recently redesigned database portal.

August 19, 2010

Georgia Gwinnett has boosted retention by giving its faculty smartphones and encouraging students to call them.

August 11, 2010

A cartoon ridiculing the tone-deaf design of many college home pages, published on July 30 week on the website xkcd and circulated widely in social media circles and on campuses, has highlighted the frustration many people have with what they consider to be poorly designed college websites.

August 6, 2010

Google Wave was supposed to make class discussions richer and more coherent. It was supposed to make research collaborations easier. It was supposed to break down walls between offices, disciplines, countries. It was even supposed to give learning-management systems such as Blackboard a run for their money.

August 3, 2010

Much of the news surrounding the University of California system has involved whether the network of universities will be able to survive its current budgetary crisis without shrinking in size or quality. In that context, it is no surprise that Christopher Edley Jr.’s plan to use online education to expand the university’s footprint “from Kentucky to Kuala Lumpur” has turned some heads -- and churned some stomachs.

July 28, 2010

If the words “sweeping new exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act” make you want whoop for joy and join a conga line, you just might be a fair use advocate — one who wants professors and students to be able to decrypt and excerpt copyrighted video content for lectures and class projects. Since Monday, a lot of advocates have been dancing.

July 23, 2010

That online education knows no geographical limitations is considered one of the platform’s more disruptive qualities.

July 20, 2010

NEW YORK -- Gatherings of fund raisers, alumni affairs leaders, and communications experts in higher education have for years, one panelist here said, engaged in “hand-wringing about social media.” Should they get involved? Do they need to take it seriously? What is its role?

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