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Inside Digital Learning -- Major Impediments to Ed-Tech Evolution

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Inside Digital Learning: Aug. 23, 2017 newsletter

Jefferson Education Accelerator helping make better ed-tech buying decisions

Jefferson Education Accelerator has regrouped, but stays focused on idea that colleges need more information to decide on which technologies to use.

Tidewater CC saving costs, boosting student success with OER

Tidewater Community College has saved students $1 million with its zero-textbook-cost degree program. An added bonus: course retention and grades are rising.

Author of 'Disrupt This!' discusses role of technology in higher education

Georgia Tech professor discusses her book questioning the premises and promises of disruptive innovation in higher ed and urges professors to play a more vital role in deciding when, where and how to use technology.

Colleges offer stipends and more to encourage hybrid courses and active learning

Some colleges are paying instructors to learn to teach online, and offering others incentives -- such as priority scheduling -- for those teaching hybrid courses.

Time to Change the Narrative of Online Education

Christopher Haynes says the story of online learning has often been about disruption, suspicion and distance, but the reality is passion, experimentation and exploration.

Advice for handling a difficult student in the classroom (essay)

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Maria Shine Stewart provides some advice for dealing with particularly difficult students in the classroom.

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Pending Crackdown on "Degree Inflation" in the U.K.?

United Kingdom Universities Minister Jo Johnson said “tackling degree inflation will be a priority” for the Office of Students, the new regulator of universities, raising the possibility that quotas limiting the number of "first-level" degrees could be put in place, the Independent reported. A rapid increase in the number of university students earning the top level, or “first-class” degrees, has led to concern that universities are dropping standards in order to recruit for undergraduate students. The number of first-class degrees awarded has grown by 59 percent since government-capped tuition fees rose from 3,000 pounds (about $3,846) to £9,000 (about $11,539) in 2011. A third of universities now award first-class degrees to a quarter of their students, four times the number that did five years ago.

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Improv 'Pimp' Exercise Results in Lawsuit

A student is suing Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, saying that his free speech rights were violated after he followed a theater professor’s instructions to act like a pimp trying to collect money from a sex worker. Joshua Zale, the student, in his lawsuit says that he was clearly asked to pretend he was a pimp during an improv exercise, but was later banned from registering for new classes for using an “unacceptable” word and causing a “disruption” during a related meeting with college administrators, according to the Chicago Tribune. Zale in his complaint says he refused to write an essay for punishment and is seeking monetary damages and the ability to once again register for classes. A college spokesperson declined comment on the pending litigation. The lawsuit does not specify which word the college allegedly found offensive, and Zale did not return a request for comment.

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Younger people think they gain more knowledge from technology than from humans, study finds

New study finds young adults believe they learn more from technology than from fellow humans. Experts say such results reinforce need for greater classroom emphasis on how to use technology to pursue knowledge.

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