Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although she was two chapters into a dissertation in comparative literature, she decided to eschew the professor track for a different path, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. She has written for Edutopia, MindShift, O'Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.

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January 24, 2012
Yesterday, Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun announced his resignation and plans instead to focus on his online learning startup Udacity.  Thrun taught the wildly popular Artificial Intelligence class last fall, and he now says "I can’t teach at Stanford again."  What are the implications on the ongoing disruptions to the universities' (near) monopoly over credentialing?  What does it mean when a professor sees his brand as stronger than a university's?  
January 20, 2012
Much of the attention over Apple's education announcements yesterday has focused on digital textbooks.  But that was just one of two initiatives the company unveiled.  The other was a revamped iTunes U. Here's a hands-on look at what's new in what Apple calls "the world's largest catalog of free educational content." 
January 17, 2012
It's still not clear what Apple will announce at its big "education event" on Thursday. But no matter the outcome, it seems clear that the world of textbooks is changing. How will this influence the textbook rental giant Chegg?
January 12, 2012
A look at some of the responses to my post on Tuesday about requiring all college students, not just CS students, learn to code.  It's a good reminder of the ways in which we (or at least I) often fail to "make the case" for education technology issues when talking to non-educators and non-technologists.
January 10, 2012
Lots of people are making the New Year's resolution to learn to code. Is it time we make programming a requirement for college graduation for all majors, not just CS students?
January 5, 2012
Some thoughts on our ability to sustain open iniatives, particularly in light of the proposed Research Works Act, legislation that would end open access requirements for federally funded research.
January 1, 2012
Some of the last minute news of 2011 -- namely MITx -- made making predictions for 2012 for higher ed and technology particularly interesting. 
December 20, 2011
Microsoft launched a new social network for students last week:  So.cl.  Is it time to declare "peak social"?  Or at least "peak social networks"?
December 19, 2011
MIT made a big announcement today by unveiling its plans for MITx, an online learning platform open to anyone that will offer certificates to non-enrolled students that complete the course.
December 14, 2011
Stanford's experiment this fall, offering 3 computer science courses online for free, appears to have been wildly successful, and the school plans to offer more courses next term.  Will this program change how we think about opencourseware?

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