Technology

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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