• Credentials, Reputation, and the Blockchain

    • by J. Philipp Schmidt
    • April 24, 2017
    • Editors' Pick

    Using the blockchain and strong cryptography permits creating certifications that put us in control of the full record of our achievements. Recipients can share a digital degree with an employer while providing trustworthy proof that the degree was in fact issued to the person presenting it. This raises interesting questions about the nature of recognizing and accrediting achievements.

  • Back to the Future of Edtech: A Meditation

    Fascinating “paleofuture” edtech artifacts illuminate both the past and the present — and offer insights into how we might think about the future of educational technology as well.

  • Ethics and the IT Professional

    Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Like any other profession, information technology benefits from a standard, accepted code of ethics that helps guide behavior in sometimes confusing contexts.

  • Who Is Doing Our Data Laundry?

    We are seeing a surge in firms with offers to take institutions’ data so that they can reformat it and make it available as dashboards, with trends and models. It is time to ask: Who is doing our data laundry, and why?

  • Mission Driven, Common Challenges

    • by Alexandera Thackaberry
    • March 13, 2017
    • Connections
    • Editors' Pick
    • In Print

    Moving from a community college environment to a private, liberal arts college revealed far more similarities than differences in how to support students as effective online learners.