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August 17, 2014

Privacy, Anonymity, and Big Data in the Social Sciences

A recent article suggests that open science may be irreconcilable with anonymous data, requiring a reconsideration of how we protect privacy in educational data.

August 10, 2014

Teach the Whole Family to Code: MIT Media Lab Family Creative Learning Guide

Ricarose Roque and colleagues at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Lab have released lesson plans and materials for a five workshop series introducing kids and parents into computing and maker culture.

June 20, 2014

The Asilomar Convention: Revisiting Research Ethics and Learning Science

Last week, a group from a diverse set of higher education institutions released a first draft of the Asilomar Convention, a document attempting to guide ethical decision-making in advancing higher education research. The Convention was composed by researchers, administrators, privacy advocates and o...

May 30, 2014

MITx and HarvardX Release De-Identified Dataset from First Year of MOOCs

An explanation of how HarvardX and MITx release a de-identified dataset for other researchers to use.

May 26, 2014

The Role of Humans in Blended Learning

Mica Pollack and her colleagues from UCSD share new research about the importance of teachers in blended learning environments that highlights the strengths and limits of online tools.

March 30, 2014

Big Data MOOC Research Breakthrough: Learning Activities Lead to Achievement

By taking massive stores of data and removing most nuance and complexity, researchers examining Udacity, edX, Google Course Builder, and Khan Academy conclusively demonstrate the obvious: that effort in online courses predicts achievement.

March 11, 2014

Teacher Voices For Connected Learning

A review of the new e-book Teaching in the Connected Classroom from the National Writing Project and Digital Media and Learning Hub.

February 24, 2014

Seeing the Data: HarvardX Interactive Insights

Interactive visualizations that allow viewers to explore data related to enrollment, certification, geography, and demography in HarvardX and MITx courses.

February 10, 2014

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, a Review and a Webinar

A review of of danah boyd's recent book, the result of 10 years of research on the social lives of teens and the Internet, plus an opportunity to discuss the book with us on Friday, February 14th.

January 28, 2014

Are Freshmen Ready for College Research?

A recent report from Project Information Literacy identifies the challenges that college freshmen face as they tackle their first major research projects.

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