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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.

Stanford professors spin off company to support free online courses

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Two Stanford professors spin off their experiments with massively open online courses (MOOCs) into a company that could serve as a platform for similar projects.

Campus-themed Internet memes go viral

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With the help of a young entrepreneur and thousands of willing college students, campus-specific Web gags go viral.

Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web

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Scholarly Communications
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Blog-borne debate about a study on the relationship between social media and scholarly communications reaches new levels of meta.

Educators question taking Rosetta Stone for credit

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Should software replace professors in introductory language courses? Should colleges be splitting fees with a software company for helping to provide credit for such instruction?

Stanford open course instructors spin off for-profit company

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Open Education
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The instructors of Stanford's massively open online artificial intelligence course spin their idea into a for-profit venture.

Apple drops new iPad apps for digital textbook creation and distribution

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Any digital textbook revolution that flows from Apple's splashy unveiling may be contingent on everybody adopting its vaunted computing tablet, experts say.

Tech giant unveils iBooks 2, iBook Author, and upgraded iTunes U

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LIVE UPDATES: Officials announce 100 new courses produced with colleges, and plans to make textbooks far more versatile.

What does the LMS of the future look like?

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Two young companies try to elbow their way into the learning-management market, while another looks to subvert it from the outside.

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