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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Most Recent Articles

August 27, 2012
One of the most intriguing elements of the new online education startup Coursera was its use of peer assessment rather than automated grading software. But many students are taking issue with the peer feedback process in several of Coursera's courses. What's gone wrong here, and why?
August 21, 2012
MIT OpenCourseWare, Peer to Peer University, OpenStudy, and Codecademy are teaming up to launch the "Mechanical MOOC," weaving together existing educational resources (content, Web-based study groups, quizzes and so on) to offer an introductory course in Python. It's hoping to be a different sort of MOOC than the centralized ones we've seen lately from the likes of Stanford (Coursera and Udacity) or MIT (MITx, now edX). Rather than force learners onto a learning management system, this one recognizes that learning can happen in communities and on sites across the open Web.
August 16, 2012
Social reading startup Highlighter partners with the 20 Million Minds Foundation for an interactive and openly-licensed Introduction to Sociology textbook
August 15, 2012 has added an analytics dashboard so that scholars can see the "real time impact" of their scholarship.
August 13, 2012
There's been plenty of buzz lately about the ways in which online video is poised to "disrupt" education -- whether it's via the video library of Khan Academy or through the video-based lectures and lessons offered by the flurry of new MOOCs (including Coursera, Udacity, and edX). But the news today out of MIT -- one of the founding members of the edX initiative -- is a very different sort of usage of video.  It's a reality TV show (of sorts) with 14 freshmen in its 5.301 Introductory Lab Techniques course. 
August 8, 2012
There have been several news items this week about textbooks -- not surprising since we're well into the back-to-school season. And despite all the hype and promise for innovation that digital content was meant to bring about, the news is pretty ordinary: it's mostly about cost savings. As such, are we being limited by our preconceived notions of what textbooks are meant to be?
July 23, 2012
I am getting so tired of all this MOOC frenzy, and so I apologize in advance for penning yet another article on the topic.  But I'm starting two new Coursera classes tonight and I'm already grumpy about the whole process.
July 17, 2012
A few thoughts (and lingering questions) about Coursera's news today.
July 15, 2012
Summer vacations, weekends, and the lack thereof -- in and out of academia.
July 8, 2012
Some thoughts about Fidelis, an education startup that -- unlike a lot of the other ones that seem to be getting all the buzz -- isn't focused on the content of college, but on the community.


December 5, 2011
Google Scholar Citations allow scholars to track how frequently their journal and book articles are cited. But the program, which just opened to the public, has a few problems.


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