When Education Innovation Is the Family Business: a Dinner With the Romers

A Chronicle reporter sits down with three generations of ed-tech insiders, including a founder of Western Governors University and the father-daughter team behind a new adult-education platform.



As Coding Boot Camps Grow, One Tries a Nonprofit Model

The leader of the Turing School of Software & Design says its mission is to promote social justice and help diversify computing fields.


Professors Assign Students to Post to BuzzFeed. You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next.

The approach, in use in a variety of subjects, is said to engage students in new ways and allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the material.



Which Ed-Tech Tools Truly Work? New Project Aims to Tell Why No One Seems Eager to Find Out

Jefferson Education, an incubator affiliated with the University of Virginia, has enlisted more than 100 educators, entrepreneurs, and experts to examine why neither companies nor their customers tend to rigorously evaluate their products.


Science Students Learn to Use Social Media to Communicate Research

A professor of chemical engineering and a communications professional have teamed up to teach an innovative course at the California Institute of Technology.



Are MOOCs Forever?

Coursera’s Daphne Koller discusses plans for the future of a format that some thought would never last this long.



For Students Taking Online Courses, a Completion Paradox

Researchers ponder the finding that at community colleges, online classes result in lower grades but more completed degrees.



As Big Data Comes to College, Officials Wrestle to Set New Ethical Norms

Institutions collect startling amounts of information on students. Do the students have a right to know how it's being used, and should they be able to opt out?


Tell Us What You'd Like to Know

What do you want to know about the changing education landscape? What’s exciting? What’s annoying? What buzzword or practice still eludes you? Our reporters are here to help.



Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?

The evidence is largely anecdotal, and the research is inconclusive, but many professors say reading online clearly hampers students’ ability to take in what they study.



How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online

As distance learning goes mainstream, colleges are rethinking how they train faculty members.


How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs

College systems in Kentucky and other states are turning to companies for information that is more current and detailed than federal data on the skills that employers are looking for.



Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins

Decades after colleges embraced courses that students could take at their own pace, the trend is toward synchrony once again.



To Track a Predator: How the Police Identify Threats on Social Media

Campus police departments are stepping up their efforts to scan the internet for messages that appear to threaten violence. But millions of social-media posts amount to a very large haystack.



MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype'

Richard McKenzie thought that free, online courses could change higher education, and maybe his life. That was before his own class fell apart.



Remember Second Life? Its Fans Hope to Bring VR Back to the Classroom

Evolving virtual-reality technology holds great promise for higher education, reports A.J. Kelton, director of emerging and instructional technology at Montclair State University. 


How One 84-Year-Old Professor Thinks About Tech in the Classroom

William Wendt, who teaches online and hybrid courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, says, "You have to go with the modern world, and things change."



What the Slowdown in Ed-Tech Investment Means for Colleges

Some start-ups may well burn out, but at least two areas are still growing: career services and learning analytics.


UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

In a fresh example of the growth of open educational resources, the press will work with faculty members who want to create and post their own materials online.



Why Georgetown's Randy Bass Wants to 'Rebundle' College

Believe it or not, he says, traditional institutions have a long history of innovation. His university's project on the future of higher education intends to continue that trend.



Elsevier’s Purchase of Social-Sciences Hub May Signal a Strategy Shift

The move by the publishing giant caused a ruckus on social media.



Why Audrey Watters Thinks Tech Is a Trojan Horse Set to ‘Dismantle’ the Academy

In a new podcast, a prominent critic of education technology deconstructs what she calls the "Silicon Valley narrative."