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Tech Officials Weigh in on Big Data, MOOCs, and open source

New survey from Campus Computing Project suggests that colleges are not taking full advantage of Big Data, and remain apprehensive about open source applications. But many see a role for MOOCs in academic instruction.

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University

Coursera strikes licensing agreement with Antioch University, bringing business model for massive online courses into sharper focus.

U. of Texas aims to use MOOCs to reduce costs, increase completion

U. of Texas System wants to use its edX partnership to aid its goals of reducing costs and increasing completion. That will mean awarding credit, under certain conditions, for MOOCs.

With HathiTrust ruling, universities' 'fair use' winning streak

With HathiTrust ruling, 'fair use' advocates in academe continue a legal winning streak that could have historic implications.

Scholars debate etiquette of live-tweeting academic conferences

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Scholars debate the etiquette of live-tweeting academic conferences.

Kinsey Institute app debacle highlights privacy hazards around new research method

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Kerfuffle over release of Kinsey Institute sexual research tool highlights the opportunities and hazards of app-based data collection.

Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning

Bryn Mawr experiments with artificially intelligent teaching software, says "blended" online learning might reinforce, rather than undermine, mission of small, residential colleges.

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

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

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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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.

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