The Ticker

Trinity Professor Whose Comments Drew Threats Is Put on Leave

The Connecticut college’s president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, wrote that “a leave is in the best interest” of both the institution and the faculty member.

The Ticker

Supreme Court Will Review Travel Ban, but Allows It to Take Partial Effect in Meantime

Because the justices will not hear the case until the autumn, parts of the controversial policy — struck down by lower courts — will be in effect for months, with implications for colleges.

The Ticker

U. of Delaware Will Not Rehire Adjunct Who Criticized Otto Warmbier

“Is it wrong of me to think,” the faculty member had written online of the student who died after being imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months, that he “got exactly what he deserved?”

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

Changes to Photo Site Unsplash

Unsplash, a popular site for public domain/CC0 images has recently changed their licensing. Read about how and why.

ProfHacker

Confronting Your Book Collection

Anastasia Salter discusses the challenges of academic spring cleaning in a world of physical media.

ProfHacker

Firefox Focus Now Available for Android

Firefox Focus, a privacy-oriented web browser for mobile devices, is now available for Android devices.

Lingua Franca

The Half-Life of Metaphors

Weaponize your language while you can, writes Ben Yagoda, for soon that particular trope will be out of ammunition.

Lingua Franca

Apostrophes That Make You Go Hmmm

Anne Curzan ponders what to do when a rule about how to spell plurals and possessives creates an aesthetically unfortunate result.

Lingua Franca

Worst Sentence Ever Seen in Academic Prose

Geoff Pullum attempts to parse an impossibly clumsy sentence written by a 19th-century philologist. Don't tell him people knew how to write back then.

Lingua Franca

The Ken Burns Effect

What started as a strong style in films by the great documentarian, and his followers, has become constricting, says Ben Yagoda.

Lingua Franca

‘This Whirligigging Age’

A British satirist wrote that, observing that the world is a crazy place and moving too fast, says Bill Germano. That was in 1598.