The Ticker

Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer

She was hospitalized on Monday because of side effects from her treatment, which is nearly complete, according to a statement from her office.

The Ticker

Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The university's consolidation of its education programs on the Juneau campus has faculty members at Anchorage worried about the future of their own campus.

The Ticker

Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student

The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City says he allowed the student to stay in the library on a freezing night.

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

Visualize Your Document Changes with Draftback

Lee Skallerup Bessette provides an introduction to Draftback, a Chrome extension that works with Google Docs to visualize the writing and revising process.

ProfHacker

Pedagogy of Imperfection

Maha Bali, Autumm Caines, and Rebecca J. Hogue discuss the benefits of embracing imperfection in our pedagogy.

ProfHacker

New Keywords on Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

The MLA continues to assemble a list of keywords for digital pedagogy in the humanities. Jason Jones takes a look at the sixth batch, currently open for review.

Lingua Franca

Agency Style, for Your Eyes Only

Geoff Pullum cautiously reveals some of the intelligence he gleaned from a look into the CIA's editorial style guide.

Lingua Franca

Why Did the Van Gogh Brothers Write in French?

Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera thinks the language of the famous letters between Vincent and Theo may tell us something about the painter's mental state.

Lingua Franca

Seeing Through the Gaslight

Peering into the phenomenon, Lucy Ferriss sees the emperor's new clothes.

Lingua Franca

How Old Is 'Gaslighting'?

The verb was named the word most likely to succeed by the American Dialect Society, prompting objections that it's been succeeding for more than 70 years, writes Ben Yagoda.

Lingua Franca

Decrying Dialects and Despising Speakers

Geoff Pullum, encountering an article about testimony in the trial of the man who shot Trayvon Martin, notes that the contempt sometimes poured on nonstandard dialects can have terrible consequences.