Teaching

Washed Up

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Google Wave was supposed to make class discussions richer and more coherent. It was supposed to make research collaborations easier. It was supposed to break down walls between offices, disciplines, countries. It was even supposed to give learning-management systems such as Blackboard a run for their money.

Politics or Civility?

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New sociology research suggests that nonpolitical campus characteristics may influence whether conservative students thrive with or feel intimidated by faculty at overwhelmingly liberal institutions.

Wikipedia for Credit

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While many professors still distrust the popular encyclopedia, some have joined a new effort in which they will work with students to improve entries.

Open-Source Lecture Capture

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An educational technology collective releases a free alternative in a booming market.

Take Your Fee and Click It!

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Some students at Johns Hopkins are not happy about a new fee for classroom clickers.

Who's Teaching the Teachers?

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When it comes to teacher education, pragmatism beats idealism. But most education professors -- save for a small minority -- are complacent with antiquated teaching philosophies.

These conclusions, released today in a report by FDR Group and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on the views of education professors, summarize the “sobering data” gathered from surveys distributed at colleges and universities across the country.

When Less Is More

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Changes in essay requirements to apply to MIT and Penn reflect sense among admissions officers that students don't need to write a book (or even 1,000 words).

Gates Foundation's New Program

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has become a major force in pushing for improvements in college completion rates, is now linking that goal to technological innovation.

Battle for a Market

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Lecture capture is hot, with publishers building ties to the field and debate roiling over the best business model.

Preparing Professors to Teach

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Doctoral student interest and enrollments in teacher certificate programs are rising, as programs evolve (and emerge) and job market worsens.

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