PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Technology http://www.chronicle.com/section/Technology/30/ 2018-01-19T08:50:36-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Colleges Are Key Players in Cities’ Bids to Host Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters http://www.chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Are-Key-Players-in/242278 2018-01-18T19:21:00-05:00 With the online retail giant’s having reduced the number of bidders this week from more than 200 to just 20, the competition is heating up. Experts say the proximity of Amazon and local universities will be mutually beneficial. By Emma Kerr 2 New Threats Highlight Human-Factor Gaps in Cybersecurity Research http://www.chronicle.com/article/2-New-Threats-Highlight/242231 2018-01-12T12:21:35-05:00 To address vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre, computer scientists must consider the work of social scientists. But, argues one expert, they tend to give it short shrift. By Paul Basken Repeal of Net-Neutrality Rules Disappoints Higher-Ed Associations http://www.chronicle.com/article/Repeal-of-Net-Neutrality-Rules/242061 2017-12-14T18:28:00-05:00 The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to allow internet-service providers to favor some types of online traffic over others could hurt research and instruction, college groups say. By Julia Martinez and Sam Hoisington An MIT Dean Planned a University With No Classrooms. Here’s Where It Stands. http://www.chronicle.com/article/An-MIT-Dean-Planned-a/242026 2017-12-10T16:28:00-05:00 It’s got a founding team, start-up funds, a name, and now a website, with an application portal. By Sam Hoisington Faculty Members at One More University Push Back at Online Programs http://www.chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Members-at-One-More/241788 2017-11-15T17:08:06-05:00 Professors at Eastern Michigan University are the latest to question whether the quality of online instruction matches what happens in the classroom. By Beckie Supiano Are Academics ‘Asleep at the Wheel’? Op-Ed on Tech’s Influence Draws Scholars’ Fire http://www.chronicle.com/article/Are-Academics-Asleep-at-the/241769 2017-11-14T17:28:00-05:00 An essay in The New York Times argued that professors should “scrutinize the big tech firms rather than stand by, waiting to be hired.” Some faculty members fired back. By Andy Thomason Why Faculty Members Still Aren’t Sure What to Make of Education Technology http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Faculty-Members-Still/241729 2017-11-09T15:12:54-05:00 Their mix of skepticism and enthusiasm results in what one researcher calls “some very weird doublethink.” By Beth McMurtrie Want to Improve Technology on Your Campus? Ask Users What They Want http://www.chronicle.com/article/Want-to-Improve-Technology-on/241688 2017-11-06T12:27:02-05:00 How an effort to improve a classroom control panel helped one university’s professors, administrators, and tech staff find common ground. By Lee Gardner IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere http://www.chronicle.com/article/IT-Like-Electricity-Is/241687 2017-11-06T12:25:00-05:00 Information technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, chief information officer at Reed College and a founder and former chair of Educause. By Goldie Blumenstyk It’s Not Just About Finding Information Anymore: A Librarian’s Changing Role http://www.chronicle.com/article/It-s-Not-Just-About-Finding/241656 2017-11-02T15:06:00-04:00 At Educause, The Chronicle's Scott Carlson talked to a vice president for libraries and information technology about the importance of the librarian in these politically fraught times. By Scott Carlson Ed-Tech Professionals Share What Keeps Them Up at Night http://www.chronicle.com/article/Ed-Tech-Professionals-Share/241647 2017-11-02T08:34:00-04:00 Information-technology experts in higher education are gathering this week at Educause’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. We asked them what worries them the most about their jobs. By Goldie Blumenstyk and Scott Carlson At Educause Meeting, IT Professionals Discuss Misconceptions on Campuses http://www.chronicle.com/article/At-Educause-Meeting-IT/241641 2017-11-01T17:47:00-04:00 Information-technology experts in higher education are gathering this week at the group’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia. We asked them about common ways their work is misunderstood. By Goldie Blumenstyk and Scott Carlson What’s the Ideal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Classes? http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-the-Ideal-Mix-of/241616 2017-10-30T21:04:18-04:00 For community-college students, the answer might be three in-person courses and two online ones, according to new research. By Beth McMurtrie Supercomputers, a Status Symbol in Academe, Compete With the Cloud http://www.chronicle.com/article/Supercomputers-a-Status/241564 2017-10-26T14:44:00-04:00 For research universities, the machines confer big-league status. But in-house experts, who can guide researchers to the best computing options, are growing in esteem. By Paul Basken Controversy at George Washington U. Highlights Challenges of Diving Deeply Into Online Education http://www.chronicle.com/article/Controversy-at-George/241528 2017-10-23T15:47:01-04:00 Online programs are nothing new, but many traditional colleges are still struggling with how to develop and run them effectively. By Beth McMurtrie Colleges Use Facebook Ads to Target Applicants, Parents, and Lawmakers http://www.chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Use-Facebook-Ads-to/241476 2017-10-17T21:09:31-04:00 Colleges are spending millions on the ads. Data from admissions applications are one of their secret weapons. Privacy experts are crying foul. By Michael Vasquez A University Powered by the ‘Good Will’ of Others http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-University-Powered-by-the/241237 2017-09-22T16:17:00-04:00 The University of the People charges no tuition and now serves more than 10,000 students. Its founder, Shai Reshef, speaks about the volunteers who have made it a beacon for Syrian refugees, earthquake victims in Haiti, and undocumented students in the United States. By Goldie Blumenstyk That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Almost Certainly Fake http://www.chronicle.com/article/That-Hilarious-Tweet-About-an/241087 2017-09-01T17:05:08-04:00 The internet went wild over a student’s tale of the professor who got mad when no one showed up in the classroom for an online course. By Chris Quintana New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit http://www.chronicle.com/article/New-Venture-Will-Offer-Free/240883 2017-08-09T05:00:00-04:00 The leaders of Freshman Year for Free call it an “on ramp” to college. It’s backed by a philanthropy in New York City called the Modern States Education Alliance. By Goldie Blumenstyk 4 Questions for 2 Experts on the Future of Higher Education http://www.chronicle.com/article/4-Questions-for-2-Experts-on/240831 2017-08-03T18:20:00-04:00 Ithaka is a nonprofit organization focused on technology and academic transformation. We asked Kevin M. Guthrie, its president, and Catharine Bond Hill, managing director of its Ithaka S+R consulting arm, which trends show the most promise and which are most overhyped. By Goldie Blumenstyk