Education

Using Google+ Communities for Online Study Sessions

Today, Google launched Google+ Communities, a new feature of their social networking service. Already, Code4Lib, a “volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff’,” has created a community to further bring members together. Seeing the… Read more »

Higher Education

Coursera Starts Career Services

Who cares about accreditation if you can connect students with employers? This afternoon, Coursera launched career services, “with the goal of helping Coursera students find great jobs.” It’s an opt-in service for registered students. Once logged in, students can list their status from “actively looking for a position,” “not looking, but open to hearing about possibilities,” to… Read more »

Education

Grade Your Grading Tools

As educators across the country settle in for hours and hours of grading papers, projects, presentations and exams, let’s take a moment to learn what tools are out there and how they stack up.

Higher Education

One Flew Over the MOOC-oo’s Nest

“If you don’t watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.” ― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest This is a story about failure. It’s a story about learning and… Read more »

Education

Learning More about the Saylor Foundation

In the last six months the buzz has been about Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, and edX, but what about the Saylor Foundation? If you want to learn more about the Saylor Foundation and the story behind the non-profit, check out “A Dot-Com Entrepreneur’s Wild Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero” published in the Chronicle of… Read more »

Education

Geography Intrudes

Marketplace recently did a story on massive online courses – nothing too earth shattering, but it did draw attention to the fact that some of the biggest players are for-profit companies. Companies that, in some cases, didn’t seem to have much of a model for making money. But in the story two possible avenues are… Read more »

Education

Building the perfect MOOC

As proof that the idea of online education is (one might say ‘finally’) gaining traction in many disparate fields, a recent episode of Econtalk discussed the topic: Arnold Kling, economist and teacher, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about recent technological innovations in education and Kling’s forecast for their impact on learning and how they… Read more »

Higher Education

Dropbox Space Race

It’s 2012 and the Space Shuttle Endeavour recently crawled through Los Angeles. Think the space race is over? Not according to Dropbox. The service launched a marketing strategy in the form of a contest aimed at higher education. The prize is more space in your Dropbox account for registering a verified .edu address. You’ll also gain… Read more »