The University of Kansas kicked off the new year by back-peddling on a Twitter policy criticized for threatening academic freedom. Meanwhile, predictions of what 2014 has in store for education grabbed headlines as experts wondered if MOOCs might find their balance after a rocky 2013 or if student data privacy is only a major hacking away from becoming the next hot issue.
Despite some small colleges feeling uneasy about online classes, Southern New Hampshire University's experience may help them find solace. Find out more in the Education Dive stories that readers clicked on the most this week:
- Has online learning lost its way?: 2013 was a rocky year for MOOCs, but 2014 might find them rebalancing.
- Kansas re-evaluating policy on firing faculty over tweets: The policy had been criticized for harming academic freedom.
- Student data privacy, competency-based learning among trends to watch in 2014: It's easy to dismiss, but student data privacy is only a high-profile data breach away from becoming the center of attention.
- Small colleges not sure where they stand with online classes: Would going online mean sacrificing their personalized instruction?
- Struggling small college found salvation in online courses: Southern New Hampshire University bet big on the Internet.
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