Curriculum development

After #MassiveTeaching, questions about MOOC quality control

Coursera has come under attack after an instructor conducted a social experiment on his students, but the MOOC provider is sticking with its hands-off policies, saying they promote academic freedom.

Faculty object to plan to replace humanities requirement with self-help course

Replacing a required humanities course with a class based on the popular self-help book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has faculty up in arms at one community college.

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Study on online learning finds it helps, not hurts, credential attainment

New study of online learning, finding those who've taken distance courses to be more likely to earn certificates and degrees, is at odds with earlier research focusing on shorter-term outcomes.

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Can colleges build students' cultural capital? And should they?

Academic and student affairs officers discuss their responsibilities to help first-generation students overcome deficits in exposure to arts and culture -- and the pros and cons of requirements.

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Faculty advocates react to Obama's plan for higher ed

Professors overwhelmingly voted for Obama twice. But five years into his presidency, few faculty leaders are surprised that they disagree strongly with his plan for higher ed reform.

Northern Arizona University's new competency-based degrees and transcripts

Northern Arizona University rolls out competency-based degrees, which will come with a new form of transcripts.

Princeton grad student takes on the humanities crisis from a decidedly gendered perspective

Everyone seems to have a theory as to why humanities majors are disappearing. One doctoral student thinks the trend is due to women's widening career paths. His notion is gaining traction.

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University of Colorado plan to survey political climate draws mixed reactions

University of Colorado board votes to survey state of political diversity, with focus on Boulder campus. Will the responses help anyone?

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Report urges California policy makers to revamp online education

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A report aims to reframe a hot debate in California over online education as lawmakers get ready to work on the state's budget.

Georgia Tech and Udacity roll out massive new low-cost degree program

Georgia Tech and Udacity, a MOOC provider, team up to dramatically lower the cost of a computer science master's degree.

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