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For frictionless syllabus access, some bypass the college

Some professors provide students with barrier-free access to course information and materials, even when doing so requires extra work and leaves them feeling vulnerable.

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A screenshot of the syllabus for a photography class.

More professors now embrace Wikipedia in the classroom

Professors who incorporate Wikipedia-editing assignments into coursework enhance their students’ digital literacy skills while broadening their own roles—from educating college students to educating society.

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The Wikipedia homepage, with a magnifying glass focused on the banner.

Professors and academics will stay on Twitter—for now

Academics who tweet are weighing the opportunity costs of leaving Twitter while looking into other social media platforms. But few are fleeing the digital gathering space in which they have invested so much—at least not yet.

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Machines can craft essays. How should writing be taught now?

Artificial intelligence can now produce prose that accomplishes the learning outcomes of a college writing assignment. What does that say about the assignment?

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On the left-hand side, a person writes on a clipboard with a pen. On the right-hand side, a robotic hand types on a laptop keyboard.

Pioneers discuss the challenges facing computer science

As recipients of the world’s most prestigious computer science awards gather this month in Germany, they share concerns about teaching, ed-tech tools, and improving-but-still-low participation rates by women.

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Alexei Efros, a white man with his glasses pushed up on his forehead, is hunched over a laptop computer.

Who'll pay for public access to federally funded research?

The White House painted an incomplete economic picture of its new policy for free, immediate access to research produced with federal grants. Will publishers adapt their business models to comply, or will scholars be on the hook?

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An illustration of books in a large cage, with a small figure of a person holding a key.

Should professors still record lectures? Maybe. Maybe not

The pandemic may be fading, but some students still need accommodations and flexibility, proponents say. Others argue that recorded lectures inhibit class discussion, compromise privacy and threaten faculty intellectual property rights.

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A student wearing headphones watches a recorded lecture.

Popular chemistry textbook's new edition will be free

A popular chemistry book's jump from a publishing titan to an OER pioneer could be pivotal for the open access movement. For the author, it's also a fitting tribute to his late son.

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College in the metaverse is here. Is higher ed ready?

Proponents say virtual reality boosts student engagement and achievement. Others worry it may prioritize corporate profits and violate student privacy. As 10 metaversities launch this fall, the details are being worked out in real time.

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A person wearing a virtual reality headset.

Why does an AI faculty shortage exist? It's complicated

The dearth of artificial intelligence professors at U.S. universities is not the result of a distorted job market, according to a recent report. Some experts urge caution in relying on industry to fill the AI teaching gap.

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Illustration of a robot in front of a blackboard showing a number of equations written in white chalk.

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