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Woof! ETRA prof Tom Smith barks up the global media tree

Tom Smith and Rex

Tom Smith and Rex

For Tom Smith, the days before the winter break proved crazy-busy hectic.

And it had nothing to do with the holidays.

It was head-spinning, to tell you the truth,” says Smith, a co-author on a study that scored international headlines for its information on whether stress can make dogs go gray.

“I actually had a news alert set up on Google, and it kept popping up on there – CBS News, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, Scientific American, People magazine, Wired.com, CNN, hundreds of news outlets in the U.S., U.K, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East,” he adds. “The news anchors even talked about it on ‘Good Morning America,’ and BBC-TV contacted us.”

The professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, who gave numerous interviews with reporters in December, became involved in the project thanks to College of Education alumna Camille King (Ed.D. in adult education, 2011). She’s a nurse and animal behaviorist.



URAD and CES registration is now open

Student research poster copyNIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning will host the seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day (URAD) and the third annual Community Engagement Showcase from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

Any undergraduate student who has participated in a faculty-mentored research or artistry project is eligible to showcase his/her work at this year’s Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day.  This includes independent study, capstone projects, SEFEURAUSOARSROPResearch Rookies or any other related research/artistry projects. Students have the option to present their work in a poster, exhibit, and digital media display, or 15-minute oral presentation session.  Space is limited so interested students should apply early.  For more information about URAD and how to register, please visit the URAD website.

Undergraduate students currently enrolled at NIU who have participated in community-based project, including work completed during a service-learning course, internship, or with student organizations, are encouraged to showcase their work at the Community Engagement Showcase. Last year, students from various organizations, including Huskie Alternative Breaks, Huskie Service Scholars, NIU Service Leaders, Sophomores in Service, Lambda Sigma, and CAUSE, showcased their work at the CES. For more information about CES and how to register, please visit the CES website.



Are MOOCs democratizing higher education?

Amy Stich and Todd Reeves

Amy Stich and Todd Reeves

Since the term was coined in 2008, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have been talked about as a potentially significant democratizing force in higher education. With open enrollment, virtually no limit to class size, and often free, MOOCs seem to offer a cost-effective, convenient and available path to college-level learning to almost anyone with access to the Internet.

Today, MOOCs are offered on just about every topic imaginable and are taught by expert faculty from some of the world’s top universities. Some MOOCs offer certificates of completion and a few even offer academic credit toward degrees. And many institutions of higher learning are using MOOCs with the expectation of expanding their reach to underserved populations and into new geographic regions.

But are MOOCs living up to their democratic promise? Are people who otherwise would not have access to higher education even taking them? That’s what two professors from NIU’s College of Education — along with a dozen of their students — are trying to find out through a large-scale, mixed-methods research project.