Instructional technology / distance education

How could MITx change MIT?

Several weeks into MIT's massive open online teaching experiment, faculty ponder how it could change the university.

Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division

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In a major plot twist in the battle between open-source and proprietary learning platforms, Blackboard buys a major open-source service provider and plans a division around it.

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."

Stanford professors spin off company to support free online courses

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.

California State rolls out plan for centralized online learning portal

The nation's largest university moves to embrace distance ed, hoping to solve growing capacity issues. Some faculty are dubious.

Kno-Cengage lawsuit highlights high stakes of digital migration

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EdTech Industry

A legal spat over e-textbook "enhancement" tools highlights the importance of digital content as tech companies clamber for customers.

Using Big Data to Predict Online Student Success

An ambitious research project is proving the payoffs of predictive analytics in higher ed, and early findings overturn conventional wisdom about student success.

Stanford open course instructors spin off for-profit company

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Open Education

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

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

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

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