In a Minnesota Daily story on flipped classrooms, University of Minnesota  chemistry freshman Jessica Wyatt says she likes the prof-at-the-podium model just fine, thank you very much: “Flipped classrooms at the [University] are really obnoxious, because you don’t get the lecture-style learning that you’re looking forward to when you go to college.” So take that, Read more

I quickly learned one thing from my conversations with University of Minnesota faculty about their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Students don’t follow directions — including when they choose which MOOCs to enroll in. Professor Chris Cramer’s “Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics” MOOC has a list of prerequisites — otherwise known “recommended background”: One year of college-level Read more

Here’s a potential disadvantage of outsourcing a university’s email system: You might not be able to find out quickly whether someone has been deleting tens of thousands of emails to escape open-records laws. That’s apparently the problem over at North Dakota State University. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is trying to find out whether the university Read more

Student representatives for the state’s colleges and universities have been pushing for cheaper alternatives to textbooks, and they’re hoping they’ll gain some ground now that they have backing from the state Legislature. The recently passed higher education bill orders the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system to find a way to use free and Read more