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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
Supiano, Beckie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Families flummoxed about what college will cost them have more information at their disposal than ever before. The Internet offers tuition data, advice on saving and borrowing, and explanations of financial aid. New online calculators let families estimate their bottom-line price at any college. But not all the information out there is easy to…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Paying for College, Federal Government, Costs
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
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Mike Potts was halfway through a five-year prison sentence outside Houston when he heard about a program that would help him start a business when even buddies with clean records were struggling to find work. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, run by a nonprofit group of the same name, works with Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business…
Descriptors: Employment, Distance Education, Internet, Marketing
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As free online courses draw students to star professors at prestigious colleges, Peer 2 Peer University asks whether instructors are needed at all. This article features Peer 2 Peer University, a three-year-old online institution where students learn together, at no charge, using materials found on the Web. The unusual institution, where anyone…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Discovery Learning
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
Rice, Alexandra – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Matt Ivester became notorious on campuses across the country in 2007 for publishing gossip--not about celebrities but about students--on Juicy-Campus, the Web site he created. The site was blocked by some colleges, banned by several student governments, and threatened with legal action by several students who claimed that defaming comments on the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Internet, Identification
Howard, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In academe, the game of how to win friends and influence people is serious business. Administrators and grant makers want proof that a researcher's work has life beyond the library or the lab. But the current system of measuring scholarly influence does not reflect the way many researchers work in an environment driven more and more by the social…
Descriptors: Research, Scholarship, Internet, Citation Analysis
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