Biometric test proctoring service fails to raise eyebrows

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting story from Ars Technica that mentions an anti-cheating proctoring service that uses biometric measurements to try to detect when students are apparently cheating. The focus of the story seems to be on whether this service actually deleted all the biometric data it collected [...]

Barnes & Noble separates its college business

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble announced it will separate its retail and e-book businesses from its college offering, making it a standalone company. Barnes & Noble Education will be come a separately publicly traded company in August, the company announced this week. With negative news surrounding B&N [...]

Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
August 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

College ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two

By Joanna Cabot
August 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each “course” below is [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument

By Joanna Cabot
August 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog post. It’s titled, “Don’t Go to Art School,” and here’s an excerpt: [...]

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 3: Wrapping Up

By Joanna Cabot
July 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Today marked the last day of my online summer source. Hurray! I actually did find most of the content appropriate, interesting and useful. I need some time to digest a few things before I look, again, at my teaching plans for next year. But I do have a few quibbles with the format and structure of [...]

Is there more to the college textbook 'bubble' than meets the eye?

By Joanna Cabot
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Over at The Digital Reader, founding editor Nate Hoffelder posted some comments on a report from something called “The Book Industry Study Group,” which shows an increase in “piracy” among college students. It isn’t clear from the limited info Nate posted just how [...]

On English Majors and Education

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

Thanks to Mark Coker at Smashwords for first alerting me to this editorial in the New York Times, which has been making the social media rounds. The author, a former English major and now-teacher, laments that “the teaching of humanities has fallen on hard times.” She attributes this [...]

A legitimate archive of free textbooks

By Dan Eldridge
March 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when [...]

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers

By Dan Eldridge
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller recently published what appears to be a very interesting article about a sort of bookseller’s university that Waterstones—the UK-based bookstore chain—plans to open at some point in the near-to-distant future. And I use the term “appears,” by the way, because [...]

Colleges taking a team approach to etextbooks

By Paul Biba
July 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of an article in eCampus News.  Here’s part of it: Reining in exorbitant textbook costs is no longer a campus-by-campus venture: A unified approach, powered by EDUCAUSE and the Internet2 consortium’s NET+ cloud-based collaborative purchasing program, could make [...]

Reddit debunks Wikipedia-fooling college class hoax in 26 minutes

By Chris Meadows
May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I wrote, a couple of April Fool’s Days ago, that the rash of fake stories on April 1 might serve as good practice for us to use all year ‘round in figuring out whether that story our friends emailed to us is true. It turns out that redditors—the denizens of news discussion forum site [...]

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