The number of students taking free massive open online courses declined in 2017, according to a report from Class Central, but enrollment for paid courses is on the rise. The data also show that some colleges and universities, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Georgia Tech, are expanding their MOOC offerings.
Thirteen cities in the US have adopted the Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring 2.0 initiative, which uses online communication to connect students to professionals. The mentors and the students work together to set goals, develop proper academic habits and prepare for college.
The bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress includes $400 billion for programs aimed at college completion and affordability. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the measure "a step in the right direction" to address student debt, but other observers expressed frustration that it did not include provisions for students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Researchers are working to pinpoint when students' minds wander as they use software programs. A study of students' eye movements found that they may "zone out" 20% to 25% of the time when using such programs.
Should school districts have policies that offer guidance on text messaging among teachers and students? Maybe so, some educators say, adding the medium represents a gray area in teacher-student communication that lead to complications.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking funding to launch an online community college program that lets students earn certificates and badges in high-demand fields, such as health care and manufacturing. Some faculty groups are pushing back, saying the plan segregates students ill-prepared to succeed in an online environment into a "virtual ghetto."
A growing number of school libraries and makerspaces feature breakerspaces, where students explore by taking items apart and to find out how they work, school librarian Katie Darty writes. Darty and a number of educators and librarians share how breakerspaces can be organized and offer tips and resources.
An organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has debuted the #MeTooK12 hashtag to give students a way to talk about their experiences with sexual harassment in schools. The organization also offers resources designed to help schools address the issue.