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Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom. The survey, conducted by "The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Ph.D.'s are used to shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in the name of education. But earning the top graduate degree doesn't mean their spending has come to an end. An industry designed to help aspiring academics manage the job-application process and land tenure-track jobs is growing, and reaping the benefits of a tight market in many…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Feedback (Response), Graduate Students, Costs
New, Jake – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Inside campus libraries and dormitory rooms, thousands of students connect to the Internet not only to study with online systems like Blackboard but also to watch movies and TV shows on Netflix. Computers, smartphones, wireless printers, tablets, iPods, Xboxes, handheld gaming systems, e-readers, smart TVs, Blu-ray players--students now bring an…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Computer Use, Information Technology
Mole, Beth – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Nobody likes the current system of peer review, and most everybody agrees it should move online. But from there, opinions diverge. As humanities editors continue to experiment with Web-based technology, two proposed online tools are highlighting disagreement over what needs fixing. Peter H. Sigal, a blue-haired associate professor of history at…
Descriptors: History, Opinions, Peer Evaluation, Hispanic American Culture
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scholarly groups have long served as hubs of academic life and the embodiments of their disciplines, but they face uncertain and divergent futures. Some disciplinary associations are struggling to remain relevant and financially viable as demographic and technological changes threaten their traditional sources of revenue. The core of their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Group Membership, Faculty Organizations
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
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The story of one University of Maine student's quest for a reasonably priced textbook reveals just how complicated course materials have become as the textbook industry makes its awkward transition from print to digital. The student is Luke Thomas, a senior majoring in business on the Orono campus, who last semester took a 250-person introductory…
Descriptors: Internet, Online Systems, Textbooks, Costs
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Western Oklahoma State College's name comes up whenever athletes get themselves in a jam: They've failed a class. They've dropped another. Maybe they're just short on credits. But they still want to play. Western Oklahoma gives them a chance, offering three credits in two weeks--and for less than $400. Almost as appealing: The community college…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Adult Learning, Adult Students, State Colleges
Young, Jeffrey R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Recording class sessions so students can view them online is becoming routine on many campuses. But all that taping can lead to "uh-oh moments," such as when a professor's joke about the college dean ends up on YouTube, or a private comment to a student after class is inadvertently broadcast. Some lecture bloopers caught on tape are…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Course Content, Nonprint Media, Lecture Method
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Students have cheated for centuries, but the problem is knottier than it used to be. The Internet and its infinite dishonest shortcuts have made many cases more complex, and antiplagiarism software like Turnitin flags more potential offenses than could be caught before. At the same time, professors' and college presidents' run-ins with plagiarism…
Descriptors: Cheating, Integrity, Ethics, College Presidents
Nemtsova, Anna – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Vladislav Zakharevich, head of the newly established Southern Federal University, has gained a reputation as an innovator while leading one of the four component institutions of Southern Federal. Touring the campuses under his care, he found laboratory equipment so worn down as to be nearly useless; dormitories with broken toilets and infested by…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment, Dormitories, Foreign Countries