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Feb 24, 2010 Round-Up: Information Technology in Higher Education

Wed, Feb 24, 2010

The round-up this week is a wide selection of articles at the intersection of technology and university education -- from reactions to the recent Google Books settlement hearing to developments in educational networks and resources.

  • Redesigning the Classroom: Let’s Start with the Wall (ProfHacker.com)
    "[T]his post looks at one piece of cutting-edge technology to begin to suggest some ideas about our campus classrooms and what we might want from them going forward."
  • Putting Emerging Technologies to the Test (Campus Technology)
    "Hope College, a liberal arts institution in Michigan, isn't afraid to put technology in the classroom and to get faculty involved in the process."
  • Virtual world, real money in 'Second Life' (Yale Daily News)
    "[P]eople involved with the projects said Yale’s presence on Second Life is a cost-effective teaching tool — each island costs $700 to buy and $147.50 a month to maintain — that they hope the University expands."
  • New Duke Video Website Presents Campus Life 'On Demand' (Duke Univ. Office of News & Communications)
    "The 'Duke on Demand' website highlights videos of campus events, faculty commentary, student life, and more".
  • Google book settlement draws fire in court (CNET News)
    "The disparate and dissenting constituencies that showed up to federal court here on Thursday to comment on Google's plan to create a digital library illustrated just how polarizing and far reaching the effort has become."
  • Highlighting E-Readers (Inside Higher Ed) 
    "Even before Apple announced the iPad, higher-education technologists predicted that e-book readers were on the brink of becoming a common accessory among college students; last fall, two-thirds of campus CIOs said they believed e-readers would become an 'important platform for instructional resources' within five years, according to the Campus Computing Project."
  • IBM Launches Academic Cloud (Campus Technology)
    "IBM will be opening up its software portfolio online to academia to enable faculty to incorporate technology into their curricula. The company said it's working with 20 United States colleges and universities to help them use a new 'academic skills cloud' that includes both software and courseware."
  • IBM Launches Academic Cloud to Speed Delivery of Technology Skills to College Students (CNNMoney.com) 
    "Today at a conference in New York, IBM announced it will make key parts of its software portfolio available in a cloud computing environment to more easily allow professors around the world to incorporate technology into their curricula. IBM brought together more than 200 academic and industry leaders at the conference to explore how best to integrate technology into all aspects of a college education..."
  • PSU to act as network anchor (Centre Daily Times)
    "Penn State is a partner in a network of educational, health care and development institutions that landed a $99 million federal stimulus grant to create a 39-county broadband network. Penn State will serve as one of the anchor institutions for the network, which will cover the state south of Interstate 80. The funding will go toward building a high-speed, fiber optic cable network known as the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network. It will cross 1,700 miles, including areas with poor broadband access."
  • A Great Experiment (Inside Higher Ed)
    "It is a grand vision: a global college with no tuition, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. When the higher education entrepreneur Shai Reshef laid out his ambitious plan to build a free university that would use modern technology to spread the promise of a college degree to all corners of the earth, he got an enthusiastic reaction from some high-profile institutions. [...] But the project drew skepticism as well."

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