04 mai 2014

Business Leaders See U.S. Colleges as Lagging in Readying Students for Jobs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Fifty-four percent of business leaders believe the American higher-education system is falling behind developing and emerging countries in preparing students for the work force, according to a poll released by Northeastern University. The survey is the third in a series by the institution. More...

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First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ Campaign Urges Students to Complete College

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Michelle Obama on Friday introduced a public campaign encouraging students to pursue and complete a higher education. In a speech at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she participated in a citywide “College Signing Day,” the first lady unveiled a name for her recent efforts to promote college attainment. More...

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N.Y. Public Library Plans Face-to-Face ‘Classes’ for MOOC Students

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . In a pilot program with Coursera, the New York Public Library plans to organize meet-ups at which people taking massive open online courses can gather and discuss the courses with help from “trained facilitators.”
The partnership is part the MOOC company’s effort to build an infrastructure for in-person learning around its free online courses. Research has suggested that MOOC students who receive offline help earn higher scores on their assessments. More...

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Google Disables Scanning of Student Email for Advertising Purposes

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Under pressure from privacy advocates, Google announced on Wednesday that it had permanently removed all ads from its Apps for Education, including its email service, so the company can no longer harvest students’ information for advertising purposes. Google had previously given college administrators the option of allowing the company to scan student Gmail accounts for key words and to deliver targeted advertisements to those students. More...

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Blackboard Deal Will Make Digital Resources Available

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Blackboard, the company that produces a leading learning-management platform, has announced a partnership with Discovery Education Higher Ed, an arm of Discovery Communications, the Discovery Channel’s parent. The two companies aim to engage students and faculty members through the use of digital media. More...

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OpenStax Deal With College-Stores Group Will Trim Textbook Prices

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . The open-source textbook publisher OpenStax College, based at Rice University, has cut a distribution deal with a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores that will lower prices on print versions of OpenStax textbooks. OpenStax, a two-year-old nonprofit venture, offers open-source textbooks that are free online and that cost from $30 to $54 in print versions. More...

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Coursera Seeks to Create a ‘Global Translator Community’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Last year Coursera announced partnerships with international organizations to expand the number of its massive open online courses available in foreign languages. Now the for-profit MOOC provider is going a step further by establishing a Global Translator Community in which individuals will volunteer to help translate lectures. More...

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Passive MOOC Students Don’t Retain New Knowledge, Study Finds

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Students in massive open online courses are apt to take a passive approach to learning, avoiding collaboration with others, seeking only passing grades, and therefore not retaining new knowledge, a new study has found. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University surveyed about 400 students who were taking the Harvard Medical School’s “Fundamentals of Clinical Trials,” a MOOC intended for health professionals and offered through the U.S.-based platform edX. More...

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With $500,000, 2 Students Hope to Make Bitcoin MIT’s Currency

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . Starting in the fall, undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will each receive $100 in Bitcoin—seed money meant to jump-start a campus digital-currency economy that can be engaged with and studied by students and faculty members alike. The project is being spearheaded by Jeremy Rubin, a sophomore studying computer science and electrical engineering, and Dan Elitzer, an M.B.A. student and the founder of the MIT Bitcoin Club. Together they have raised $500,000 from MIT alumni and members of the Bitcoin community. More...

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Labor Board to Review Use of Employer Email for Union Activity

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing a federal law that permits private employers to bar workers from using company email accounts for union activities. Any change could have significant implications for adjunct faculty members and others in terms of their right to use private colleges’ electronic communications systems for actions like discussing the terms and conditions of employment and whether they want to unionize, said William A. Herbert, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, based at the City University of New York’s Hunter College. More...

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