Academic Technology Links for February 1, 2013

link_postFor this week’s links, we have a couple of posts from the Chronicle — on digital textbooks and online teaching, an upcoming webcast on flipped classrooms, and UW’s plan to let people get a degree based on competency exams. Enjoy!


A couple of interesting posts via the Chronicle, the first on the Object Formerly Known as the Textbook is about publishers’ moves in the digital textbook arena, and the other, on Student Engagement in the Online Classroom, has some tips for online teaching.

Here’s an upcoming webcast that might be of interest to people who have been paying attention to flipped classroom stuff.  It’s going to be about how Eastern New Mexico University adapted flipped and online course models to help reach their wide-ranging and diverse body of students, and will feature ENMU’s Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

College Degree, No Class Time Required is a Wall Street Journal article about the University of Wisconsin’s new initiative to let students get a degree by taking competency exams.  The availability of MOOCs and other online courses is part of what has spurred UW to do this.

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.