Instructional technology / distance education

Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning

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Bryn Mawr experiments with artificially intelligent teaching software, says "blended" online learning might reinforce, rather than undermine, mission of small, residential colleges.

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers

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Coursera, edX and Udacity are making a name for themselves by giving away "elite" courses free. But eventually their investors will want them to be self-sustaining and profitable. How might they do that?

McGraw-Hill, WGU announce deal that would shift accountability to content provider

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Western Governors U. says it will pay McGraw-Hill for course content based on how well students do with it. Pearson is also using the model.

Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

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Shift from local to far-flung branch campuses in some parts of the country reflects changes in educational delivery and demand.

Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats

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In a study spanning six public universities, students taught statistics mainly through software learned as much as peers taught primarily by humans. And the robots got the job done quicker.

Pearson partners with Ivy Tech for self-paced, online gen-ed courses

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Pearson announces new self-paced, general education courses in hope of catching overflow from crowded colleges. Ivy Tech cautiously becomes its first partner.

Princeton, Penn and Michigan join the MOOC party

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With help from venture-backed company, Princeton, Penn and U. of Michigan announce they will become the latest high-profile universities to offer free, interactive courses to massive online audiences.

Large study shows little difference between human and robot essay graders

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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.

How could MITx change MIT?

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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.


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