Never Put Salt in Your Eyes and the Edwin Mellen Press

The Society for Scholarly Publishing removed two blog posts and associated comments after receiving letters threatening a lawsuit from Edwin Mellen Press. Additional comments about the blogpost removal can be read at the Chronicle’s Wired Campus.

Besides the blogpost removals, it seems that Edwin Mellen Press is making a digital land grab on Dale Askey domains as reported on the Digital Shift. A list of even more domains that EMP owns and, which relate to theMcMaster-Mellen Controversy, are linked off the blog post: Fresh (Possibly Bizarre) Activity in Mellen Press vs Dale Askey lawsuit situation.

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Online Learning and the Tyranny of the Database

A recent Techcrunch article concerning MOOCs suggested that a majority of people teaching online felt their online course shouldn’t count for college credit. And yet, a refrain I have heard several times recently is that online courses are actually more difficult than the face-to-face course, which got me thinking about what exactly is meant by ‘difficult’. And I realized that one of the things online courses do much better than face to face courses is generate data.

In most online course systems, in order to track progress in the course, and in fact just to make the course operate at all, a great deal of data is tracked. I can look in our system and know when a user logged in, when they clicked a link, when and how they answer questions, what material they looked at for how long, etc. This is not some sort of spyware – it’s just how the system works. But for many people, this data equates to the idea that ‘time spent in system’ is equal to ‘time spent learning’. It is not uncommon for someone to ask for this complete range of data to verify that a course was ‘done right’.

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Checking Out by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as Told in Tweets

https://twitter.com/atmasinghkang/status/315622189250514944 https://twitter.com/xJenkinsx/status/314473703465447425 https://twitter.com/doran_j/status/316236709627056128 https://twitter.com/OliJBA/status/316217922601222144 https://twitter.com/Kelsey_Nicole02/status/316298614483865600 https://twitter.com/Hunvey/status/309602341307441152 New Yorker subscribers may read the full version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's story, "Checking Out."

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Kickstarting Education

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Written by Russell Warner.

With public education funding coming under increasing scrutiny, it can be difficult for teachers to insure that they are addressing basic educational needs, let alone find the capacity or space in their budgets to do something creative or original. So, like many artists that have chosen to trod the new territory of being independent, some teachers and other creative types have begun to turn to new sources of funding; in particular, crowd-sourced funding sites like Kickstarter.

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