Author Archives: Audrey Watters

About Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a writer and rabble-rouser. Her work appears in O'Reilly Radar, KQED's MindShift, and Inside Higher Ed, as well as on her own blog Hack Education. For more information, see her profile page.

Bundling Textbook Costs with Tuition

With all the talk about the “unbundling” of education, it’s interesting to see several universities start to experiment with a re-bundling of sorts — that is, bundling textbook expenses along with students’ course fees and tuition, and as such requiring … Continue reading

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Whose Data Is It Anyway?

I admit: I don’t read Terms of Service agreements before hitting the “Accept” button. I doubt many folks do, save the lawyers who actually write them. As such, it’s hard for me to write an article wagging my finger at … Continue reading

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What Lies Beneath: Some Thoughts on MOOCs’ Tech Infrastructure

Much of the mainstream media attention paid to MOOCs lately has involved the content, the credentialing, the cost, the class size. But what about the technology? It was (not surprisingly) Stephen Downes’ OLDaily that got me thinking about what can we … Continue reading

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Google Apps for Education: When Will It Replace the LMS?

History professor Jonathan Rees called it an “uncharacteristically subtle post.” When he posted an excerpt from his university’s report on its Blackboard usage, he didn’t have to say much: “I think all I want to do here is point out … Continue reading

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Instructure Makes Its Move into the K-12 Market

The learning management system upstart Instructure is unveiling Canvas K-12 today, a version of its platform aimed — as the name suggests — for the K-12 level. The company says that it’s already had over a dozen school districts adopt … Continue reading

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