How Online Instructors Can Avoid ‘Burnout’

Rebecca Stout remembers the time she got a call from Saudi Arabia at midnight from one of her online students looking for help on an assignment. 

?Researchers Ask: Does Academia Need Another Alternative to For-Profit Scholarly Platforms?

Researchers have long raised doubts over sharing work on venture-backed publishing platforms. Some scholars have even pushed for an exodus from sites like, pointing out that tech companies have access to academics’ work, and prioritize profit.

Professors Take Out Ads Protesting Their University’s Online Degree Programs

Professors at Eastern Michigan University launched an unusual ad campaign this week criticizing their university’s online degree programs—suggesting they are “FalseEMU”—in a protest against the model of colleges working with outside companies to help build and market online programs.

“These degrees will carry the EMU name. But they won’t have the quality, scholarship and service that are hallmarks of a true EMU education,” reads the advertisement created by two faculty unions at Eastern Michigan. The ads appeared in the campus newspaper and on social media.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom

During the summer, I taught a computer science course for educators at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Funded by Google’s CS4HS grant, this was a four-day intensive “crash course” for 60 teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When Students Drive Learning, They Can Do So Much More

The industrial model of education is failing. Our communities are being deprived of engaged citizens equipped with the skills required to be productive and compassionate, and who have ownership of their learning journey. Consider the following students whose potential remains untapped in the current industrial model:

Forbes’ 2018 ‘30 Under 30’ Came Early This Year. Here’s Who Made the Education List.

When it comes to education, Forbes’ 2018 “30 Under 30” list might be summed up best as the year of the founder.Most of the 38 honorees (cofounders are grouped together) are listed as entrepreneurs, though their companies—and backgrounds—are rather diverse. Judging this year’s nominees were Charles Best (founder of, along with Stacey Childress (CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund), Wendy Kopp (cofounder of Teach For All) and Joe Vasquez (codirector at Runway Incubator), himself an “Under 30” alum.

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Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

Young people from families in the top income quartile are eight times more likely than those from the bottom quartile to earn a bachelor's degree by the age of 24. And the problem is getting worse, not better. In its current form, our higher education system amplifies national inequities—when it could be doing the opposite.

Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)

Colleges often experiment with artificial intelligence to help spot when students need special help, part of an effort to draw predictions from data. But a rush to test—and possibly rely on—algorithms raises many questions, none bigger than this: Could the data lead colleges to rethink how they operate to serve students?

A Virtual School Compensation Model Based on Student Completion Rates Raises Eyebrows

Many services are paid for upon the satisfactory completion of a task—such as car maintenance, or hair styling, for example. But should a similar model apply to teacher compensation?

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Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of sunlight shining through trees and a message that reads, “Welcome to the Muse Community.”

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