Instructional technology / distance education

Bill Bowen's new book on MOOCs and online education

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William Bowen, former Princeton president, argues in new book that technology can lower college costs, but there remain more questions than answers.

California academic leaders oppose outsourcing plan

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Academic senates of California's three higher ed systems all now oppose plan to deal with overcrowding by outsourcing instruction and forcing colleges to award credit for programs that may be unaccredited and for-profit.

Coursera commits to admitting only elite universities

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Many state universities and small liberal arts colleges that want to partner with Coursera may not want to wait by the phone.

U. of California faculty union says MOOCs undermine professors' intellectual property

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At U. of California Santa Cruz, faculty leaders charge that Coursera's deals with instructors endanger hard won intellectual property rights.

California educational factions eye plan to offer MOOC credit at public colleges

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As details emerge for plan to outsource some courses, idea attracts considerable interest and considerable faculty scrutiny.

Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach

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Coursera and edX both double in size and look for larger international audiences.

ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit

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American Council on Education puts stamp of approval on Coursera courses from Duke, Penn and UC-Irvine -- none of which would grant credits themselves.

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course

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Amid student confusion and frustration, Coursera calls off a course one week in. The subject? "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

Arizona St. and Knewton's grand experiment with adaptive learning

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Knewton says its data-rich system can read students' minds. The company has landed Arizona State and Pearson as partners -- will the rest of higher education follow?

Public universities move to offer MOOCs for credit

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Georgia State will evaluate courses much like it reviews other work done by students before they enroll. Academic Partnerships, which helps universities put degree programs online, will work with institutions to make first course in each degree a MOOC.

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