Rachelle Peterson

Director of Research Projects, National Association of Scholars. Rachelle Peterson can be reached at peterson@nas.org.

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Have MOOCs Replaced the Classroom?

Jan 28, 2014 by Rachelle Peterson |

Now, Massive Open Online Courses serve as a supplement to classroom learning, and it seems that colleges are more eager to produce them than to use them. But what happens when colleges embrace the MOOC?

Permission to Speak: College Presidents, the Israeli Boycott, and Climate Change

Jan 22, 2014 by Rachelle Peterson |

Examples of the ASA and ACUPCC show that college presidents, in addressing controversies, are at times compelled to reiterate politically correct views on issues such as the Israeli boycott and climate change.

Test Your Knowledge: Time Will Tell

Dec 20, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

This timely quiz prompts you to spend a moment stretching your mind. 

Test Your Knowledge: The Art of Lying

Dec 16, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Fact, fiction, and intentionally fake: figure out what's truthful and what's treacherous. 

Test Your Knowledge: The Deaths of Western Civ

Dec 10, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

This grave quiz unearths the ends of Western civ's greats. 

The Future of MOOCs

Dec 09, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Now that MOOCs' disappointing early performance has dampened prophecies of higher ed's collapse, competiting narratives envision different niche markets for MOOCs to serve. 

Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Dec 05, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Nearly 700 college presidents vow to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions. NAS found that these schools are concentrated along the two coasts, more likely to be elite liberal arts colleges than universities, predominantly…

Test Your Knowledge: Music Education

Dec 03, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Do you know your scales and arpeggios?

The MOOC Demographic

Nov 28, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

MOOC students are often college degreed professionals, not the underprivileged assemblage that MOOCs intended to reach.  

Test Your Knowledge: Presidential Education

Nov 25, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

How much do you know about America's presidents relative to higher education?

MOOC Course Correction

Nov 20, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Udacity, thinks MOOCs have failed to reach their target audience and need to switch their focus to teaching technical skills. 

Why Do Students Drop Out of MOOCs?

Nov 12, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Ninety percent or more of MOOC registrants will fail to complete their courses, often because of the impersonal, sterile atmosphere. 

Happy Campus Sustainability Day!

Oct 23, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Colleges across the country celebrate the 11th annual campus sustainability day. 

Fixing Gender @ Bates

Oct 08, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Bates College celebrates sexual experimentation...and conformity to tradition. 

What Do MOOCs Cost?

Sep 20, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

MOOCs are often hailed as the cost-savers of higher ed, but it turns out they're rather expensive to make. 

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