The Final Last Word on MOOCs

A graphic from Daphne Koeller's TED Talk that shows the effectiveness of one-on-one tutoring vs other configurations for learning.

It’s easy to find criticism with new ideas, and massive open online courses are no exception. In this post, Gene responds to a scathing review of an introductory statistics course offered by Udacity. Massive Open Online Courses, he says, can offer professors ways to interact with students on an individual level that large lecture courses cannot.

Academic Technology Links for 9/26/12

For this week, check out our links to read about Evan’s new WordPress plugin, an attempt at digitizing academic publishing, soon-to-be obsolete office items, and structuring collaborative assignments. If any of these sound interesting, click through to read more!

Digital Identity: What to Put on a Faculty Website


What should a faculty member or advanced graduate student put on a faculty website? In this post, Kim covers what you might want to include in on a basic professional website.

The iPhone and the Kayak: a Modern Fable


What happens when technology doesn’t work as well as you hope it does? In this post, Pablo tells a fable about how he used his iPhone while kayaking and runs into some unexpected inclement weather.

Academic Technology Links for 9-19-12

In this week’s links, you’ll read about how to think about counting multimedia projects for tenure, favorite iPad apps for teachers, and Coursera’s latest expansion. Enjoy!

Google Course Builder — E-Learning, Google Style


With the announcement of the Google Course Builder, a tool for building online courses, what can we expect from this tool, and where might it lead?

A Few Words on Passwords


Linking your online accounts together can get you into trouble if you someone gets into just one of those accounts. In this post, John writes about what you might want to keep in mind to keep your accounts secure.

Academic Technology Links for 9-12-12

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For this week, check out the Google Course Builder, a review of a statistics MOOC, how Google Maps make their maps, the best iPad apps for teaching, and which browsers to use with Blackboard. Enjoy!

From Word to Dropbox and Back Again — Sharing Comments on Text Documents


How do you go about editing and commenting on the same document while in an online writing group or working on other collaborative projects? In this post, I test out two different methods for sharing and commenting on text documents — a Microsoft Word and Dropbox combination and Google Drive. As a bonus, I also test out Scrivener’s ability to convert comments to a Word document.

What Do You Do When Your Favorite Tool Goes Away?

The icon for Jing (tears courtesy of Photoshop)

In this post, Mike talks about the discontinuation of one of his favorite applications, the screen-capturing Jing.