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Babson Group reflects on final report on online education enrollments

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The 13th and final annual report on online education enrollments by the Babson Group shows how much the market has grown since 2002 -- and how little it has changed.

Pearson to leave learning management system market by 2018

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Pearson, in search of profits and a clearer emphasis on education, announces it will leave the learning management system market.

4,000 to Lose Jobs as Pearson Restructures

Education giant Pearson plans to cut 4,000 positions -- 10 percent of its workforce -- as part of a global restructuring process, the company said on Thursday. Declining college enrollment in the U.S., fewer students taking vocational courses in the U.K. and a slump in textbook sales in South Africa are among the reasons that led the company to overestimate its earnings, which have fallen about $325 million from their peak, Pearson said in a news release.

A spokesperson for Pearson said it is not yet clear how many of those job cuts will come from the company's operations in North America. The company said it plans to integrate its assessment operations, reduce costs and "focus more on adaptive, personalized, online assessment in an era of 'fewer, smarter' tests."

Audit Forces Roxbury CC to Stop IT Privatization

Roxbury Community College has called off plans to privatize its information technology services department after Massachusetts auditors criticized the college for awarding a $3.4 million contract to do so without seeking bids, The Boston Globe reported. The college originally said that skipping a process to review other proposals was needed because this was an interim contract, but the deal lasted through 2019. The college had eliminated the jobs of IT employees when it signed the contract, and has indicated it will hire new employees now. The employees who lost their jobs were represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and AFSCME officials say they have been told by the college that new employees won't be eligible for the union.

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6 universities from around the world plan pilot for credit transfer for online courses

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Six universities from around the world plan experiment with MOOCs that could expand to other online offerings.

323 learners eligible for credit from MOOCs at Arizona State U.

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Only 323 of 34,086 learners are eligible to take advantage of Arizona State's MOOCs-for-credit initiative with edX. The university calls it a "positive first step."

How and why Hamilton College merged library, IT

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Hamilton College's library and Information Technology Services, longtime cohabitants on campus, tied the knot in 2013. Why is that model, rare at large institutions, appealing to smaller ones?

Moravian College explores pedagogical changes after investments in technology

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After spending millions on laptops and tablets for all students and upgrading its network infrastructure, Moravian College explores how it can use those investments to "redefine the classroom."

Did Carnegie Mellon Help FBI With 'Dark Web' Bust?

Is Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute the source that led the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify and arrest suspects behind crimes committed on the "dark web"? Legal proceedings in a case against a Seattle man charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs last month revealed that a "university-based research institute" helped the agency identify people who were using Tor, software that complicates online surveillance by hiding its users among one another. In an article published on Wednesday, Motherboard, Vice Media's technology channel, suggested that Carnegie Mellon is the unnamed university.

Beyond relying on educated guesses from experts who have been following the case, Motherboard points to the fact that Alexander Volynkin and Michael McCord, two Carnegie Mellon researchers, previously said they had found a way to identify people using Tor. Volynkin planned to demonstrate how during a talk at a conference in early August 2014, but the talk was canceled about two weeks in advance. Then in late July, the Tor Project announced it had found and removed relays, which help anonymize users, "that we assume were trying to deanonymize users." The relays had first joined the network that January, a timeline that lines up with when federal law enforcement agents say they received information that helped them identify a staff member of an online drug marketplace.

The Tor Project on Wednesday also pointed the finger at Carnegie Mellon, saying in a blog post that the university received “at least $1 million” from the FBI for its involvement.

"This attack also sets a troubling precedent: civil liberties are under attack if law enforcement believes it can circumvent the rules of evidence by outsourcing police work to universities," the post reads. "If academia uses 'research' as a stalking horse for privacy invasion, the entire enterprise of security research will fall into disrepute. Legitimate privacy researchers study many online systems, including social networks. If this kind of FBI attack by university proxy is accepted, no one will have meaningful Fourth Amendment protections online and everyone is at risk."

A spokesperson for Carnegie Mellon declined to comment.

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