The Ticker

Black Student’s Stabbing Death at U. of Maryland Is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

The university police on the College Park campus say the student arrested in connection with the attack was part of a Facebook group known as “Alt-Reich Nation.”

The Ticker

Attempt to Get Trump’s Tax Returns May Have Alerted IRS to Data Tool’s Vulnerability

A newsmagazine says the FBI questioned a suspect in such an attempt last fall. The IRS says it learned of the data-retrieval tool’s vulnerability about the same time, before taking the tool offline in March.

The Ticker

U. of Maine Approves a Restructuring of Its Presque Isle Campus

The step is another in a series of cost-cutting consolidations the system has taken or is considering across its seven campuses.

Wired Campus

Looking Back at the Year in Ed Tech

Concerns about Yik Yak and analysis of MOOCs and online teaching were among the most popular stories this past year on our Wired Campus blog.

Wired Campus

Call for Nominations: Who Are the Top Tech Innovators in Higher Education?

The Chronicle is seeking suggestions for our annual feature on people trying to solve big problems facing campuses with the help of technology.

 

Wired Campus

Virtual-Reality Lab Explores New Kinds of Immersive Learning

The technology has powerful implications in distance learning. At the University of Maryland, researchers are using it in projects involving health care, public safety, and education.

ProfHacker

Review: The Interactive Past

Anastasia Salter reviews a new open-access collection on archaeology and games.

ProfHacker

Openness, Permission, Courtesy and Nuances of Licenses

Maha Bali explores some of the nuances in how we give permissions and licenses.

ProfHacker

Open-Thread Wednesday: What’s Your Preferred File Type?

Amy Cavender wants to know: Do you prefer plain text, RTF, DOCX, PDF, or something else?

Lingua Franca

Hedging One's Bets

Bill Germano explains what recent events might teach us about hiding in the shrubbery.

Lingua Franca

'Crawdaddy,' 'Boomba,' and a 'Bounce-Around': an Online Update of Regional Words

Allan Metcalf reviews the latest installment of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

Lingua Franca

Fulsome Praisin' Blues

Ben Yagoda examines the changing meaning of “fulsome.”

 

Lingua Franca

The New 'Ding'

Anne Curzan describes a a verb that seems to have developed a new meaning below the radar.

Lingua Franca

Pump Priming

As a financial metaphor, the phrase goes back nearly a century, writes Lucy Ferriss. What could Trump have meant when he said he invented it?