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Some parents want to continue parenting even after their kids go to college. Helicopter parents, as they are called, try to remain as involved as possible in the lives of their collegiate offspring, despite admonitions against coddling them into a state of arrested development.
Many colleges politely tolerate doting parents. The University of Tennessee at Martin welcomes them.
The university has given parents access to a website where they can see what courses their children have signed up for a... Continue reading
Next time you’re at the diner for breakfast, try ordering “Zeppelins in a cloud.” That’s slang for sausages and mashed potatoes, inspired by the airships used for spying and bombing during World War I, according to the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The distinctive flying machines “must have captured the imaginations of soldiers,” the editors say. But Oxford’s word sleuths have been able to trace the use of the phrase only back to 1925, when it turned up in Edward Fraser and John Gibb... Continue reading
Whether they work at a big research university, a small four-year college, or something in between, academic-library directors share a “resounding dedication” to teaching information literacy to undergraduates. Beyond that, the priorities they set for their libraries depend on the size and nature of their institutions and how many (or few) resources they have to work with.
Those findings come out of a 2013 survey of American library directors, released on Tuesday by Ithaka S+R US. That’s the con... Continue reading
After spending months or years collecting data from focus groups, surveys, and other sources, what are scholars doing with the mountains of information that may or may not have made it into their published research?
In the quantitative-research world, where data come as numbers that can be collected and stored in an organized way, the answer has been to share the data. But for qualitative and multi-method researchers, whose data might come in the form of lengthy interview transcripts, fiel... Continue reading
In January a Duke University student stumbled upon a piece of gossip that would turn out to be valuable to the campus-gossip website CollegiateACB: One of his female classmates at Duke has a side career as a porn star, working under the pseudonym Belle Knox.
On January 10 the student who had discovered his classmate’s secret shared it with attendees at a fraternity rush event. Before long, the woman’s real name had been posted on CollegiateACB, a message board where students can post anonymous... Continue reading
edX has been trying to figure out how to build more courses, more quickly, without losing its exclusive atmosphere. Now it’s settled on a plan.
In December, The Chronicle obtained materials from an internal presentation suggesting that the nonprofit provider of massive open online courses was worried that it would not be able to grow as fast as it wanted to while maintaining a “small cohesive feel.” The presentation proposed an expansion of edX’s members-only approach that would create a second ... Continue reading
The Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, is starting a website to help people find courses that teach skills they need to land specific jobs in the technology industry. Call it a course catalog for nontraditional courses, most of which have no connection to colleges’ degree programs.
The website, called Balloon and announced on Tuesday, will be pitched to adult learners who want to pick up skills that have been flagged by technology companies as requirements f... Continue reading
A big fish in the education-media world has been swallowed by an even bigger fish.
CourseSmart, a major provider of electronic textbook content, has been acquired by Ingram Content Group, a media company that supplies books and music to thousands of retailers across the world. CourseSmart was created in 2007 by the “big five” textbook companies as an online marketplace for their digital content.
The Ingram group also distributes educational content, through Vital Source Technologies, a subsidiar... Continue reading
Data stored in an insecure online location for nearly a year exposed personal information on 146,000 students and recent graduates of Indiana University, officials said on Tuesday. The lapse occurred in the registrar’s office when a data file was placed in the wrong folder; it was discovered by an employee last week.
There is no evidence that the university was the target of a cyberattack, said Bradley C. Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the ... Continue reading
In the wake of a 2013 ruckus that cost a top Harvard University dean her job, a committee appointed by Harvard’s president has recommended that the university adopt institutionwide standards for gaining access to email and other accounts used by students, faculty members, and employees.
“At present, the university lacks a clear, overarching policy in this area,” says the committee’s report. “The absence of a single, visible, and comprehensive policy has led to confusion and uncertainty.”
The com... Continue reading
The nonprofit online-learning organization edX will work with Facebook and two other companies to provide free, localized education to students in Rwanda on “affordable” smart phones, Facebook and edX said on Monday.
edX, a provider of massive open online courses that was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will help create a mobile teaching app that is integrated with Facebook and “optimized for a low-bandwidth environment.” As part of the program, calle... Continue reading
As part of a $450-million expansion of its football stadium, Kyle Field, Texas A&M University will add what the manufacturer says is “the largest video display in all of college football”—a 47-foot-high by 163-foot-wide screen featuring high-definition LED technology. The display will be mounted over the seats in the south end zone, and will be complemented by two 36-by-54-foot screens in opposite corners of the north end zone.
A news release from the manufacturer, Daktronics, says the display w... Continue reading