Is It Ethical to Run Learning Experiments On Students Without Their Knowledge?

Imagine you’re an edtech company with thousands of students on your platform. You see an opportunity to make a small change that might improve their learning outcomes, so you roll it out to a group of students who don’t know they are part of the sample. Did you simply practice the same type of A/B … Read more

Whatever Happened to Those Student Lawsuits and Strikes Over Tuition?

Students have been pushing universities to slash tuition since the beginning of the pandemic. At some campuses, students organized tuition strikes. Others decided to sue. EdSurge decided to look at how those efforts have played out. Here are some highlights. Many Lawsuits Have Fizzled One running list documented 240 tuition refund lawsuits filed last year. … Read more

Many University Students Don’t Graduate. Why Not Give Them an Associate Degree?

Colorado is poised to enact legislation that will allow four-year institutions to offer associate degrees to students who have dropped out despite making significant progress toward a bachelor’s degree. The initiative, a switch-up on the growing number of community colleges offering four-year degrees, is part of wider efforts to support students and workers who were … Read more

Will Fabulous Prizes Entice Students to Come On Down and Get Vaccinated?

Million-dollar giveaways. Vacation packages. And yes, even free marijuana. States are getting creative, to say the least, when it comes to enticing adults to get a COVID-19 vaccine. For the under-18 crowd, the incentives are more PG but no less potentially life-changing. They’re getting a shot at thousands of dollars in scholarships. States are trying … Read more

Technology Made Special Education Parents Better Advocates During the Pandemic

As schools let out for summer, there are undoubtedly aspects of the past year that teachers and parents alike are ready to leave behind. But then there are the benefits that some are hoping stick around. Among them: better communication strategies and tools that make it easier for special education parents and teachers to interact. … Read more

Pass/Fail Grading Was an Act of Pandemic Compassion. Is It Here to Stay?

In his 21 years of teaching, Jesse Stommel says he has never put a grade on a piece of student’s work. As executive director of the journal “Hybrid Pedagogy,” which explores alternatives to traditional assessments, he says using student self-evaluations better takes into consideration all the demands and stresses of their lives when compared to … Read more

Can Universities Have a ‘Normal’ Fall If International Students Can’t Get to Campus?

Though universities are hopeful that the vaccine rollout will return a sense of normalcy to the fall semester, a question remains about international students whose plans were curtailed by the pandemic. Will they make it to campus in time? Experts say that while students have been exempted from coronavirus-related travel restrictions, overseas U.S. consulate shutdowns … Read more

Elon Musk Needs a Futuristic Workforce For SpaceX. Will His $20M Pledge to Schools Help?

As he’s wont to do, Elon Musk pulled up Twitter on his phone one early spring morning and fired off some breaking news. “Am donating $20M to Cameron County schools & $10M to City of Brownsville for downtown revitalization,” he wrote in the March 30 tweet. “Details to follow next week.” The billionaire SpaceX and … Read more

Schools Are a Lifeline for Homeless Students. COVID-19 Is Severing the Connection.

As temperatures began to dip this fall, Allen Blackwell III says he and his colleagues at Baltimore City Public Schools kept watch on weather reports hoping to see it hit 32 degrees. That would herald the opening of winter shelters where homeless students and their families could be housed. “We were in the support area … Read more