An illustrated history of the text message

Ok, it is probably more then you ever wanted to know about SMS…

“Text messaging originated as a concept more than three decades ago, and the first phones with the capability were introduced by Nokia in 1993, according to this infographic about SMS. Exchanging messages across networks followed a couple of years later, and growth since then has made texting an integral part of consumers’ lives to this day.” (U.K.)

Can researchers predict MOOC dropouts?

It might be useful analytics to predict any (not only MOOC) dropouts

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a “fairly accurate” means of determining when students will drop out of a massive open online course. Researchers took a number of factors into consideration, including “time spent per correct homework item and amount of time spent on learning resources such as video lectures.”