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Is Online Running Out of Steam?

Looking at supply and demand, Robert Ubell says blended delivery is the next extension in digital learning.

Trial and Error: Lehman and Hunter Colleges boost chemistry course passing rate to 80 percent

Students taking general chemistry at Hunter and Lehman Colleges were passing at 60 and 35 percent rates, respectively. A new course format that includes videos, podcasts and no textbooks quickly improved outcomes.

Roundup of instructional designers and faculty ideas for working together

Faculty members and instructional designers share their ideas and tips for working together to develop successful online courses. We want to hear your thoughts, too. 

2U acquires GetSmarter

As reported in Inside Higher Ed this week, the online program management company 2U is describing its acquisition of GetSmarter as an effort to expand into new course modalities and parts of the world, but analysts are divided on whether the company is getting its money’s worth.

Questions for online proctoring companies

Colleges and universities are increasingly employing companies to proctor online exams. If your institution plans to sign a contract with one or more online exam proctoring firms, here are the questions administrators interviewed by Inside Digital Learning said you should ask to secure the services that best meet your institution’s and learners’ needs.

Adel Leo, Western Governors University: "Ask lots of questions. Taking the easier route may not be the right route.”

Book provides tips for instructional designer-faculty member dynamics

The following lists, compiled by Jon Aleckson and Penny Ralston-Berg for their book MindMeld: Micro-Collaboration between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts (Atwood Publishing), offer tips for faculty members working with instructional designers on online course development and visa versa. 

For Instructors Working with Design Teams

Proposed Cuts to Humanities at SUNY Stony Brook

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition opposing proposed cuts to humanities programs within the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences to narrow a $1.5 million budget gap. Possible changes include combining the departments of European languages, Hispanic languages, and cultural studies and comparative literature into a single department; suspending doctoral programs in Hispanic languages and cultural studies and comparative literature; and suspending undergraduate majors in comparative literature, cinema and cultural studies, and theater arts. The plan was announced earlier this month.

“This decision to suspend undergraduate majors [and] Ph.D. programs and merge departments without consulting the faculty and students affected is an attack on the humanities and the arts,” reads the petition started by a Beth Tsai, a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies. It defends the threatened programs as successful in terms of student outcomes and essential to the university’s diversity efforts and overall mission.

Michael Bernstein, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said in an emailed statement that Stony Brook is "looking at all aspects of the university in an extremely challenging budget environment. That said, no final decisions have been made on any program changes at this time. Should changes be made to programmatic offerings, the university ensures that all current students will be able to complete the course of study in which they are enrolled."

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How to write an effective journal article and get it published (essay)

Victoria Reyes breaks down the structure of a well-conceived scholarly piece and provides tips to help you get your research published.

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EPA Dismisses Academic Scientists From Board

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members -- generally academic scientists who study environmental issues -- from a key advisory board, The New York Times reported. A spokesman said Scott Pruitt would consider replacing the scientists with representatives of industries that the EPA regulates. “The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community,” the spokesman said.

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Faculty Strike Ends at Illinois-Springfield

The faculty union at the University of Illinois at Springfield announced Sunday afternoon that it had reached a tentative agreement with the administration and would end a strike. Professors have been on strike for the last week, with final exams looming. The strike has been suspended, pending a union vote on the contract. Details of the settlement were not available.

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