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Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Hailey Schnorr has spent years peering into the bedrooms, kitchens, and dorm rooms of students via Webcam. In her job proctoring online tests for universities, she has learned to focus mainly on students' eyes. Ms. Schnorr works for ProctorU, a company hired by universities to police the integrity of their online courses. ProctorU is part of a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Computer Assisted Testing, Video Technology, Group Testing
Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Many professors recognize that online education is changing the landscape of academe. But faculty members at several colleges are making it clear that they will not be steamrolled. Philosophy professors at San Jose State University last week wrote an open letter saying they refused to use material from an edX course, taught by a famous Harvard…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration
Gattiker, Thomas F.; Lowe, Scott E. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Electronic textbooks, often lauded as a cheaper alternative to hard copies, may also seem like a perfect way for colleges to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Many institutions encourage use of e-books, and one state, California, has required that all textbooks used in college classes be made available electronically by 2020. In a sign of…
Descriptors: Internet, Textbooks, Educational Technology, Electronic Publishing
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On a summer day four years ago, a Stanford University computer-science professor named Andrew Ng held an unusual air show on a field near the campus. His fleet of small helicopter drones flew under computer control, piloted by artificial-intelligence software that could teach itself to fly after watching a human operator. By the end of the day,…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Online Courses
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Easy A's may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect. The issue of online cheating may rise in prominence, as more and more institutions embrace online courses, and as…
Descriptors: Cheating, Testing, Standardized Tests, Online Courses
Markin, Karen M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
It is not news that software exists to check undergraduate papers for plagiarism. What is less well known is that some federal grant agencies are using technology to detect plagiarism in grant proposals. That variety of research misconduct is a growing problem, according to federal experts. The National Science Foundation, in its most recent…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Technology, Federal Aid, Grants
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Indiana Jones--perhaps the last heroic professor to appear in a major Hollywood film--survives a series of adventures involving spiders, snakes, treacherous colleagues, and countless Nazis who are determined to recover the ark of the covenant for their "Fuhrer." Apparently the ark has mystical powers. Ultimately,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Writing Processes, Research Papers (Students), Humanities
Kirschner, Ann – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Surely "massive open online course" (MOOC) has one of the ugliest acronyms of recent years, lacking the deliberate playfulness of Yahoo (Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle) or the droll shoulder shrug suggested by the word "snafu" (Situation Normal, All Fouled Up). The author is not a complete neophyte to online…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Adult Learning, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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
Brooks, Margaret – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Online enrollments have grown much faster than overall higher-education enrollments over the past few years, according to a 2008 report, "Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States," published by the Sloan-C, a consortium that promotes online education. During the period 2002-7, enrollment in online courses grew 19.7 percent,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Ethics, Teaching Methods, Enrollment Trends
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
College leaders usually brag about their tech-filled "smart" classrooms, but a dean at Southern Methodist University is proudly removing computers from lecture halls. Jose A. Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, has challenged his colleagues to "teach naked"--by which he means, "sans" machines. More than any thing else, Mr. Bowen wants…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Intermode Differences, Computer Attitudes, Influence of Technology
Neelakantan, Shailaja – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In India's beleaguered higher-education system, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) stand apart. The seven institutions have turned out some of the world's finest engineers and computer scientists, eagerly recruited by top graduate schools in the United States. Many of the institutes' graduates have gone on to become the chief executives of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Development
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
Wasley, Paula – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article talks about a software designed by the University of Phoenix for its business, information-technology, education, and health-care courses. Through the university's "virtual organizations"--online teaching tools designed to simulate the experience of working at a typical corporation, school, or government agency, Phoenix students can…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), World Problems, Employees, Distance Education
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
User awareness is growing in importance when it comes to computer security. Not long ago, keeping college networks safe from cyberattackers mainly involved making sure computers around campus had the latest software patches. New computer worms or viruses would pop up, taking advantage of some digital hole in the Windows operating system or in…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Security, Educational Technology, Social Networks
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