The Digital Era

How 50 years of the information age transformed college forever.



If You Had $45 Billion, What Would You Do to Improve Education?

Jim Shelton, now heading up the education portfolio at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, isn’t giving any details yet. But in this podcast, he emphasizes the value of bringing learning scientists together with educators to improve learning and increase equality.



Ride-Sharing Services and Boundary-Blurring Buildings: A Vision of the Future Campus

Don’t expect the residential experience to go away any time soon. But it might start to look pretty different, thanks in large part to the internet of things.



Can an MIT Computer Learn to Scare You?

The Nightmare Machine, devised by three researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is using a deep-learning algorithm to produce faces that will frighten human participants.



Online Education Is Now a Global Market

MOOCs may have been overhyped, but their impact is far from over, says Simon Nelson, of the online-learning provider FutureLearn. And traditional colleges have a huge opportunity if they’re just willing to think a little differently.



Teaching Diversity Online Is Possible. These Professors Tell You How.

Talking about racism, privilege, and other sensitive topics can be tough online. Here’s how some faculty members make it work.



Boise State’s Innovation Guru Pushes a Start-Up Approach as a Model for Change

Gordon Jones, who moved to Idaho after experience at Harvard and in business, explains how to avoid the "immunological rejection response" to change and why to take more responsibility for what happens to graduates.



How Colleges Should Adapt in a Networked Age

In a Re:Learning podcast, The Chronicle talks with Joshua Cooper Ramo, who points to a shift in attitudes toward college and authority figures in general.


Online ‘Micro-Master’s’ Programs Extend Their Reach

More than a dozen institutions, including big names like Columbia and Michigan, will offer courses to students who haven’t gone through an admissions process.


2 Projects That Promote Alternative Credentials Reach Key Milestones

Developers of a "credentials registry" unveil a prototype of the tool. And six more colleges joined the 21st Century Skills Badging Challenge.



Amazon Expands Its Reach on Campuses

Colleges that have contracts with the online retailer stand to profit by pocketing 2 percent of every purchase delivered.


What Clicks From 70,000 Courses Reveal About Student Learning

A study of more than 900 colleges by Blackboard hints at the potential of harnessing data from learning-management systems as "a real-time indicator of student engagement."


Group Unveils a 'Model Policy' for Handling Student Data

Academics and tech-company officials met earlier this year to hash out approaches for the ethical treatment of information collected via learning-management systems, online courseware, and other electronic sources.



How Gopher Nearly Won the Internet

The humble computer protocol, developed by an upstart team of programmers at the University of Minnesota, paved the way for the online world of today, then quietly slipped back underground.



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.


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.



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.



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?


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