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Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The e-mail drill was one of numerous mind-training exercises in a unique class designed to raise students' awareness about how they use their digital tools. Colleges have experimented with short-term social-media blackouts in the past. But Ms. Hill's course, "Information and Contemplation," goes way further. Participants scrutinize their…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Internet, Electronic Mail, Consciousness Raising
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Data mining hinges on one reality about life on the Web: What you do there leaves behind a trail of digital bread crumbs. Companies scoop them up to tailor services, like the matchmaking of eHarmony or the book recommendations of Amazon. Now colleges, eager to get students out the door more efficiently, are awakening to the opportunities of…
Descriptors: Academic Records, Internet, Academic Degrees, Higher Education
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Colleges share many things on Twitter, but one topic can be risky to broach: the reading habits of library patrons. Patrons' privacy is precious to most librarians. Yet new Web services thrive on collecting and sharing the very information that has long been protected. This points to an emerging tension as libraries embrace digital services.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Internet, Reading Habits, Influence of Technology
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Since MIT and Harvard started edX, their joint experiment with free online courses, the venture has attracted enormous attention for opening the ivory tower to the world. But in the process, the world will become part of an expensive and ambitious experiment testing some of the most interesting--and difficult--questions in digital education. Can…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Video Games
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In October, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, got a quirky request on YouTube. A hyperactive instructor in a plaid jacket posted a video inviting her to do a Skype interview with his "World Regions" geography class at Virginia Tech. Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate often compared to Nelson Mandela, might have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Photography, Democracy
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
As the federal government prepares to pour billions of stimulus dollars into increased broadband Internet access, colleges are trying to claim much of the money and shape the emerging national networking policy. Their focus is $4.7-billion that will be doled out under a new grant program administered by a small Commerce Department agency called…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Telecommunications, Internet, Grants
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is closing its online-education grant program, and some college officials are concerned that the decision will leave a fast-growing sector of American higher education without a major source of support. The New York City-based foundation has funneled roughly $80-million into online-education ventures around the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Private Financial Support, Grants
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Some professors of online courses are posing as students, infiltrating online course to collect information about students by blending in with them. The deceit has provoked questions about faculty ethics. Two professors admit that their unreal students teeter on an ethical precipice, because the technique could be abused. Others in the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Ethics, Teacher Student Relationship
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For years, some universities have dreamed of border-defying online programs that vacuum up tuition dollars far beyond local students. But now a growing number of institutions are ramping up their efforts to attract working adults in their own backyards. Commuter-serving urban universities can not match the marketing muscle of faster-growing,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Community Education
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Blue State Digital, the company that helped catapult Barack Obama into the White House, is courting colleges. Some are welcoming the political rainmaker inside their wrought-iron gates. But some skeptics question whether what works in the digital war room of a political campaign can translate into the academic arena. The world of college fund…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Alumni, Alumni Associations, Political Campaigns
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Distance educators won't have to become FBI-style investigators, installing cameras in the homes of online students and scanning fingerprints to ensure that people are who they say they are. At least not yet. The recently reauthorized Higher Education Opportunity Act requires accreditors to monitor steps colleges take to verify that an enrolled…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Privacy, Online Courses, Federal Regulation
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Evolve or dissolve. That advice, from a recent report on virtual universities, played out in two news stories last May 2009. The University of Texas' online division is staring down a deep budget hole as it loses a longtime subsidy. In Utah, budget cuts have killed a 10-campus online consortium. Those and other predicaments reflect the growing…
Descriptors: Virtual Universities, Online Courses, Computer Uses in Education, Budgets