In her recent TED talk, Daphne Koller, Stanford professor and co-founder of Coursera, describes the challenges and opportunities presented with free, (RT @SmartPlanet: 3 reasons why higher education should be online and free.
"A middle-school teacher in Amherst, N.Y., has adopted the flipped instructional method -- with a twist. Rather than creating instructional videos for his students, Rob Zdrojewski has his students use screencasting technology to create instructional videos for teachers. In the videos, which serve as professional development for teachers, students offer instruction on technology, such as using Gmail and Google Drive. Each video is 90 seconds or less."
Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose. […] Pre-Internet, a library could be object oriented -- all about books. But the confluence of digitization and a prolonged recession has triggered an evolution that puts a focus on people, not things. Doing so has a ripple effect that invigorates a community.
In the United States, many people can no longer afford to get a four-year college degree — even though most jobs that pay a middle-class salary require it. (Is Reddit going to replace college for people who can't afford higher education?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered its first free online course this spring, Ashwith Rego jumped at the chance to learn from some of the world's leading researchers — without leaving his home in India."I...
"Twitter, why oh why could you not just let us keep our illusions of being part of a world-changing communication platform for just a little longer? We were so content to start and continue revolutions, occupy streets, discuss your rivals’ IPOs and just generally feel like we were adding to the zeitgeist."
Colleges must turn research into jobsDayton Daily NewsOhio's universities are taking steps to help the state's economy get “back on its feet” by turning more of the $2 billion they do in research every year into new money-making technologies,...
[...] My dissertation included more than two hundred “pages” filled with words, but also with still and moving images, hyperlinks, and densely layered annotations; the digital format allowed me to marshal all of the available semiotic resources in the service of the scholarship. [...]