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

July 2, 2012
The promise of "badges" and other new forms of credentialing is that they'll help give a boost to those who do not have college diplomas or other forms of official recognition for their skills or knowledge. But will badges and the like really be able to live up to that promise?
June 28, 2012
My response to Joshua Kim's story yesterday about the lack of education-related news at Google IO.
June 21, 2012
UNow announced today that it has raised $17.5 million in funding. Some thoughts on for-profits, new for-profits, new higher ed models, and higher ed mythologies.
June 14, 2012
The learning management system startup Instructure unveiled a learning analytics feature for its Canvas platform this week at InstructureCon, its (now) annual user conference.
June 13, 2012
It's been several months now since I cleaned all the tech blogs out of my RSS reader, a process that I talked about here.  Needless to say, I haven't added them back.  I'm experimenting with Prismatic, a social news discovery app instead.
June 7, 2012
In which I find "MOOC" doesn't adequately describe massive online open stuff any longer.  Even the acronym -- massive open online course -- doesn't seem quite right.
June 6, 2012
I ventured onto campus today, something I rarely do.  But I had research to conduct -- the sort of research that required a library with printed books, the sort of research I couldn't do online.  (Shocking, I know.) 
May 30, 2012
The interactive e-book publisher Inkling has finally released an HTML5 version of its app, meaning that its 150 titles are now available on both the iPad and the Web. My review...
May 28, 2012
I did it!  I made it all the way through a MOOC, submitting the final assignment in Coursera's Computer Science 101 this afternoon.  
May 24, 2012
A few thoughts on the genre of graduation speeches, how our appreciation changes when we listen live, when we watch online, when we're 22 (or older or younger).


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