20 avril 2014

Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the big three MOOC providers, said on Wednesday that it would no longer give learners the opportunity to earn free, “non-identity-verified” certificates. People will still be able to view Udacity’s online-course materials without paying, but those who want a credential will have to open their wallets. More...

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Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its Birthday

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Like most youngsters, the Digital Public Library of America has been growing fast. Officially a year old, it now encompasses more than seven million items, three times what it started with 12 months ago. More...

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QuickWire: Twitter Names Winners of Data Grants

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . In February, Twitter announced a new program offering researchers the chance to get free data for their studies. Apparently the idea has broad appeal: The company received 1,300 proposals from more than 60 countries, according to a blog post revealing the six institutions that have won the first round of grants. More...

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Cornell U. Researchers Put Robots in Conversation, and the Result Is Surprisingly Human

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . When the machines take over, much will change. But perhaps not the exquisite frustrations of a halting philosophical debate. Researchers at Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab have demonstrated this by putting two artificially intelligent avatars in conversation with one another. The avatars, called Cleverbots, are sophisticated versions of the classic Eliza program, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. The Cornell researchers—two doctoral students and an associate professor—downloaded the Cleverbot, then used additional software to render them as separate avatars that could talk out loud. More...

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New Adjunct-Focused Venture Wins Approval to Offer Courses

By . A new for-profit education organization, designed to give more academic and financial control to the adjunct instructors who teach its online courses, has just won approval from the state of Vermont to operate. The Vermont State Board of Education’s approval of Oplerno (the company’s name stands for “open learning organization”) means that its courses can qualify for credit at colleges and universities, at the institutions’ discretion. More...

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AAUP Officers Win Elections That Focused on Their Union Emphasis

subscribe todayBy Peter Schmidt. Top officials of the American Association of University Professors have fended off an election challenge from a slate of candidates who had accused them of being too focused on union organizing.
In an election that represented just the latest in a series of skirmishes over the AAUP’s direction, the incumbent slate prevailed in all four races for the association’s top offices, according to voting results released on Thursday. More...

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Whose Views Are Too Extreme for the Classroom?

subscribe todayBy Benjamin Mueller. A religious-studies instructor at Missouri State University who invited a former Ku Klux Klan leader to speak to his class two years ago is drawing scrutiny after that same man became the sole suspect in shootings that killed three people at Jewish centers in the Kansas City area on Sunday.
The instructor, David Embree, defended his decision in a statement released on Monday, saying that he wanted to educate his students on white supremacist worldviews. More...

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U.S. Graduate Schools Wonder if India Is Their New Engine of Enrollment Growth

subscribe todayBy Karin Fischer. International graduate-student trends appear to have hit a reset. For the second year in a row, applications to American graduate schools from India skyrocketed, while those from prospective Chinese students fell. The findings, from a report released on Thursday by the Council of Graduate Schools, turn the trend line of recent years on its head. For the better part of a decade, Chinese graduate applications—and enrollments—have climbed upward, regularly and robustly. More...

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Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds: Kids Are Getting Wise to Student Loan Debt

By . The idea that you have to go to college in order to be a respectable member of the middle class is "kind of weird" to Glenn Reynolds. The professor of law at the University of Tennessee and purveyor of the popular Instapundit blog, says students and parents are starting to rethink the benefits of higher education compared to the enormous costs associated with it. Reynolds sat down with Reason TV to discuss his latest work,  The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education From Itself.  The book examines the higher education bubble and suggests ways students, parents, and educators can remake the system. More...

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U.S. News Kicks Off 2015 Best Colleges Rankings Data Collection

Morse Code: Inside the College RankingsBy and . Projects like the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings don't happen overnight. U.S. News works on the college rankings 12 months a year. The most recent step in the process was the release of the three U.S. News statistical surveys – main, financial aid and finance – on March 27. The statistical data collected will be used for the 2015 edition of our college rankings, which will be published later this year. More...

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