The Ticker

U. of Puerto Rico Is Closed as Hurricane Maria Wreaks Destruction

The institution’s 11 campuses are shuttered, with a date for reopening unclear.

The Ticker

Howard U. Students Protest During James Comey’s Convocation Speech

The former FBI director “represents an institution diametrically opposed to the interests of black people domestically and abroad,” student activists wrote in a news release.

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The Ticker

Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives With New Interim Guidance

The department’s interim guidance gives colleges the discretion to use a “clear and convincing” standard of evidence in resolving sexual-misconduct cases, and allows for mediation when all parties agree to participate.

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

CFP: Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership

Jason Jones shares a CFP for a new collection on Effecting Change in Academia

ProfHacker

Google Suite Alternative: sandstorm.io

What if we don't want to share all our data with third-party, for-profit platforms? Lee Skallerup Bessette previews Sandstorm.io

ProfHacker

Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus

Anastasia Salter shares some ideas for open-sourcing your fall syllabus.

Lingua Franca

When Will ‘They’ Ever Learn?

Ben Yagoda applauds the new Chicago Manual of Style's acceptance — in one context, at least — of singular they.

Lingua Franca

Our Alt-Universe

Inspired by a lost capital letter, Allan Metcalf describes a new realm.

Lingua Franca

Unapplied Linguistics

Every day, software serves us messages that are morphologically, syntactically, and semantically aberrant, says Geoff Pullum. This means linguistics is not being applied in the single most important arena that needs it: artificial intelligence.

Lingua Franca

A Child’s Garden of ‘Verses’

Do your kids say, “Our team will be versing the Bombers next week”? Ben Yagoda explores that and other coinages that may be older than you think.

Lingua Franca

The Lesson-Plan Challenge

Anne Curzan challenges the idea that instructors are ever stuck teaching boring material.