News in brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
Teaching transformations. President Mark Schlissel explains how the University of Michigan is constantly improving instruction through measures such as using massive open online courses (MOOCs) to reach adult learners and larger audiences. (EdSurge)
Trusting academia. Members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) discussed how to regain the public’s trust in higher education at their annual meeting last week. (Inside Higher Ed)
E-Education. Online learning offers opportunities to rethink teaching practices, promotes evidence-based methods, and provides increased access to learning, Joshua Kim says. (Technology and Learning)
Pooling resources. California Community Colleges launched the largest course exchange to date; faculty receive instructional design support to build the online courses, and students can enroll in courses at other campuses within the system. (EdSurge)
Peer edits. Rob Jenkins, an English professor, explains why he doesn’t edit first drafts of students’ papers but instead asks his students to engage in peer review, so they learn to write for an audience instead of for a grade. (Vitae)