Technology

Timeliness in mind, Princeton press plans to roll out new book in e-chapters

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In an attempt to be more timely and relevant, Princeton plans to publish early chapters of forthcoming book on 2012 election in electronic form, free.

McGraw-Hill, WGU announce deal that would shift accountability to content provider

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Western Governors U. says it will pay McGraw-Hill for course content based on how well students do with it. Pearson is also using the model.

Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats

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Machine Learning
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In a study spanning six public universities, students taught statistics mainly through software learned as much as peers taught primarily by humans. And the robots got the job done quicker.

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Report: Barriers to the rise of artificially intelligent tutors at traditional universities

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Online Education
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Report identifies potential barriers to the widespread adoption of "machine guided" learning software at colleges and universities.

Colleges ponder the pros and cons of Pinterest as a marketing tool

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Colleges consider the pros and cons of Pinterest, the fast-growing, image-based social media website, as a marketing platform.

Large study shows little difference between human and robot essay graders

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In the most comprehensive review to date of automated essay grading software, U. of Akron researchers find little difference between grades of robot and human readers.

Traditional colleges aim to boost LMS usage

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Educational Technology
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Lasell College mandates that all faculty use basic features in the online learning platform, sparking discussion of traditional colleges, LMS usage and the "data revolution."

University builds 'course recommendation engine' to steer students toward completion

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Austin Peay University says its new automated advising engine can look at a student's proposed schedule and predict her semester GPA within two hundredths of a point.

Students turn to crowdfunding site to bankroll projects and organizations

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Cash-poor students and organizations turn to popular crowdfunding site to fund-raise for projects that institutional sources are unable or unwilling to bankroll.

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