Academic Technology Links for December 14, 2012

Our links for this week include some tips on grading papers, a report on the transitioning field of history, Wellesley College’s turn towards online courses, and a collection of Ted Talks.  Enjoy!


A timely post from Profhacker on grading student papers.

“Supporting Changing Research Practices of Historians” — A study by the National Endowment for the Humanities that has some information about how technological developments have changed the ways that historians can do research. The summary says that history is a field “characterized by a vast expansion of new sources, widely adopted research practices and communication mechanisms shaped by new technologies, and a small but growing subset of scholars utilizing new methodologies to ask questions or share findings in fresh, unique ways.”

Wellesley College announces that it will be offering four courses through EdX, expanding the number of liberal arts institutions that are experimenting with elearning approaches.

And rounding out our list, here’s a list of “Eight Great Ted Talks About the Future of Education and Teaching.”

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.