The Ticker

Western Governors U. Might Have to Repay $700 Million in Student Aid

An audit by the Education Department’s inspector general found that too many courses did not feature “regular and substantive interaction between students and their instructors.”

The Ticker

2 More Speakers Drop From Yiannopoulos’s ‘Free Speech Week’ at Berkeley

The event’s organizers say it will go on regardless, with its headliners intact, including Stephen K. Bannon. The university says it’s still awaiting confirmation on most of the speakers but is preparing for them anyway.

The Ticker

David Boren Will Retire as U. of Oklahoma’s President

His long presidency was noted for the university’s many improvements, as well as for his blunt response to an ugly racial incident in 2015.

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

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.

ProfHacker

Tell a Story with your Data with StorylineJS

Knight Lab introduces a new tool for visualizing and telling stories with data, StorylineJS.

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.

Lingua Franca

The Case Against Flashback

One novelist’s advice for beginning writers: We want to know what happens next, says Lucy Ferriss, not what happened before we entered the picture.