This week's round-up is a broad summary of what technologies are being used or considered within higher education.
- ODH Update: Awards for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities)
March, 2010: "[T]he NEH has just announced 18 new awards from our Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. These grants support innovative projects in the digital humanities."
- How Interactive Technology Can Help Minority Students Learn (Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"From his experience teaching at a historically black university, James L. Ellenson says that interactive technology can help engage minority students. Mr. Ellenson, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry at North Carolina Central University, will deliver a lecture on the topic on Saturday at the "Teaching the Millennial Student" conference at Spelman College."
- Students Retain Information in Print-Like Formats Better (Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"A study at Arizona State University has found that students had lower reading comprehension of scrolling online material than they did of print-like versions."
- A Student's Views (Technology and Learning blog, Inside Higher Ed)
Interview with "Dartmouth senior, Lucretia Witte, [who] conducted a research project "collecting information and testimonies on how students view the roles of technology, for good and for ill, in their learning experiences"."
- Skipping Class? Sensors Are Watching (Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Students at Northern Arizona University who hope to skip large lecture courses may have more trouble doing so this fall: The university is installing an electronic system that measures student attendance."
- Students Denied Social Media Go Through Withdrawal (Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"A new study from the University of Maryland finds that students are hooked on social media and cellphones, describing withdrawals in terms similar to those used by drug and alcohol addicts."
- The Twitter Experiment at UT Dallas (Monica Rankin's UT Dallas web space)
"There has been a lot of interest in the “Twitter Experiment” video posted by Kim Smith chronicling my U.S. History class at U.T. Dallas and our use of twitter in the classroom. I have fielded a number of inquiries from educators across the United States and even overseas who are interested in finding ways to use social networking in an educational setting. This write-up is intended as an informal summary of my use of twitter in the classroom."
- PowerPoint Twitter Tool: A new approach to interactive presentations. (Digital Union blog, Ohio State University)
"Timo Elliot from SAP WEB 2.0 has created a set of free Twitter tools that allow PowerPoint presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page."
- Archivist of the U.S.: What happens to social media records? (smartplanet.com - Pure Genius)
"When President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Archives as part of the Executive Branch in 1934, he couldn’t have imagined its future leader would be blogging. But that’s exactly what the new Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, started doing recently." Interview with David Ferriero.
- Acquia Offers New Drupal Distribution for Higher Education (dBusinessNews)
May 4, 2010: "Today Acquia, the enterprise guide to social publishing, announced it now offers complete Drupal support and hosting for OpenScholar, a tool developed by The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. The new pre-packaged Drupal distribution is designed to speed the creation, use and management of personal academic and research websites."