Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although she was two chapters into a dissertation in comparative literature, she decided to eschew the professor track for a different path, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. She has written for Edutopia, MindShift, O'Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.

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April 16, 2013
A book review, of sorts, of Kio Stark's Don't Go Back to School, along with the larger "don't go to college" narratives.
March 22, 2013
What impact has all the hype and interest in MOOCs had on open courseware initiatives, specifically those at MIT?
December 28, 2012
The last in my series reviewing the year's most important ed-tech trends...
December 27, 2012
Part 9 of my year-end review of the top trends in ed-tech. This one -- one that's really been under-analyzed and under-theorized, I think -- is on automation and artificial intelligence.
December 26, 2012
Part 8 in my look back at the top trends in ed-tech this year. This one examines what I'm calling the "platforming of educaiton."

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April 14, 2012
A course evaluation on Udacity's CS101. Of course, typically if you drop a class, you don't get to complete course evaluations, and I didn't actually finish the class. But in the case of these free online classes, I'd argue that my thoughts still do count -- after all, how can we help make sure that even if there's no credit offered and no tuition fees assessed, that we're supporting learners all the way through the material.
April 12, 2012
Microryza launches its official beta today. It's a crowdfunding platform for scientific research with an emphasis on social learning and the scientific process -- not just on outcomes or "a product."
April 5, 2012
OER textbook startup Boundless Learning is being sued for copyright infringement by Pearson, Cengage, and Macmillan.  While the startup says that it's using openly licensed content to build its free textbooks, the publishers contend that the startup is copying topics, sub-topics, layouts and the like.
April 3, 2012
The Minerva Project announced $25 million in seed funding today from Benchmark Capital, promising to found the first "elite university" in the U.S. in over a century.  The university -- online and for-profit -- has some big names on its advisory board.  But can it actually live up to this big vision and promise (and investment)?
March 29, 2012
Some thoughts on the new LMS market, which as Blackboard's pivot might show, might not be about the LMS product itself any longer.  So where's the money to be made for companies like Blackboard?  Where's the value for universities?  It's in the data.

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