Stanford iTunesU class adds interaction

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Digital communications technologies disrupt information industries. That’s Craigslist siphoning off newspaper classified ads. It’s Hulu helping 20 somethings cut the cord. It’s Pandora (or Spotify, if you wish) facilitating micro-radio stations.

One of the largest information industries in the country, higher ed, has had its hands full with state budget cuts; digital tech has not decimated the bottom line. (Yet.)
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Twitter Accounts Every Journalism Student Should Follow

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Earlier this month, USA Today Educate listed nine Twitter accounts that journalism students should follow. In this Storify, I provide my recommendations, a mix of educators, journalists and techies; media/news; and news-related organizations. You can also follow the list or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Welcome To The Brave New World Of Higher Education

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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence is being offered online this fall, free of charge, to “students” around the world. The introductory class is historically one of the largest at Stanford University, with about 200 students. In a YouTube overview of the online class, professor Sebastian Thrun explains that his goal is to have about 200,000 online students and make it “the largest online AI class ever taught.”

As of this writing, almost 90,000 people have signed up. The Stanford campus is home to about 15,000 students.

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Can Online Games Make Politics and Economics Fun?

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sweatshop game

Sweatshop Game Screen Capture From Indie Games Ichiban

If you’re Britain’s Channel 4 Education, then you think the answer to that question is more than a resounding “yes”.

That’s because Channel 4 (owned by Espresso Education, not BBC4) recently launched a free online game designed to shine more than a wee of light on global fashion culture.

Game designers at Littleloud consulted the UK-based charity, Labour Behind The Label, for the facts and data underpinning the game. Players manage an offshore clothing manufacturer that feeds a ravenous and capricious fashion machine.

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