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Students who earn C's in gateway courses are less likely to graduate, new data show

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Data show that students who earn C's in foundational courses are much less likely to graduate. As a result, U of Arizona may require some C students to repeat a course.

MOOC-based master's degree initiative expands globally

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MOOC-based master's degree initiative expands to more than a dozen universities. Will learners opt to enroll or settle for a certificate?

Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

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While most faculty members are still unaware of open educational resources, use in introductory courses nearly rivals that of traditional textbooks, study finds.

Despite the hype, virtual reality still years away from making a difference in higher ed

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The hype has some colleges wondering if now is the right time to jump in. High costs and development issues suggest the technology is still years away from making a difference.

Study finds inconclusive results about efficacy of adaptive learning

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Major study of adaptive learning finds inconclusive results about its ability to improve outcomes and lower costs, but use at two-year colleges and in remedial courses shows potential.

Data on student engagement with an LMS is a key to predicting retention

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Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates.

Allowing devices in the classroom hurts academic performance, study finds

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Study by faculty members at West Point finds students perform better academically when laptops and tablets are banned from the classroom.

Article criticizes impact of digital humanities on colleges

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Controversial article argues digital humanities scholars are -- intentionally or not -- leading a "neoliberal takeover" of colleges and universities.

Critics protest handling of rights to hacktivist Aaron Swartz's writings

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Decision to grant a publisher the right to print the writings of Aaron Swartz -- viewed by some as a martyr of the open-access movement -- sets off a debate about copyright.

MIT online learning report notes importance of teachers, instructional designers

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Report on the future of online education stresses central role of faculty members and instructional designers.

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