Privacy Elusive in World Linked by Mobile and IoT

"An annual report published by the Georgia Institute of Technology examined the emerging cyber threats for the coming year, among them: ever-shrinking personal privacy, lackadaisical security considerations in the Internet of Things and a dearth of trained experts to stay on top of cybersecurity considerations for organizations." | 0 Comments


20 should-know technology tidbits from EDUCAUSE

"Enabling personalized learning, ensuring mobile capacity and security, and partnering with industry leaders to provide game-changing solutions dominated the exhibit hall at this year’s EDUCAUSE 2015." | 0 Comments


UI will not monitor anonymous social media, despite activists push

"On Oct. 21, 72 women’s and civil rights organizations gathered in Washington D.C. to advocate for the U.S. Department of Education to insist that colleges monitor anonymous social media for racist and sexual comments to protect students who are identifiable." | 0 Comments


What Colleges Might Lose by Banning Yik Yak

"Yik Yak should work with colleges to identify users who spew particularly hateful or defaming speech, and colleges should care that students on their campuses are doing this. However, my research demonstrates that harassment via Yik Yak is rare. Users attest that "the community" does a good job of regulating what they qualify as derogatory speech." | 0 Comments


The Digital Divide is an Economic Divide

"While network providers such as Frontier Communications or Mediacom have worked to reach deeper into rural areas in Southern Illinois, there are some geographic and economic barriers to expanding broadband in places that are hilly, forested and remote. " | 0 Comments


How a 40-Year-Old Idea Became Higher Education’s Next Big Thing

"The story of how competency-based education has become the latest Next Big Thing after being around for four decades is a tale of timing, of money and politics, and of shifting academic norms." | 0 Comments


My Love-Hate Relationship With TurnItIn

"Every paper turned in to my class Dropbox gets automatically run against TurnItIn’s plagiarism-detection tool. I detest plagiarists; they are the bane of my professional existence. I’ve done my best to stamp out plagiarism with antiformulaic assignment prompts, rotating exams, and gentle reminders through the semester that committing plagiarism invites the devil into your soul. Still, I get students who, either from Machiavellian overconfidence or through abject laziness, plagiarize." | 0 Comments


Social media has negative impact on academic performance

"A new study released by researchers at The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine shows a link between social media use and poor academic performance. The study wasn’t limited to usage of traditional social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, but instead included popular social technology like texting." | 0 Comments


Another Network Outage at Rutgers Leads to Frustration Among Professors and Students

"The attack, which started at about 10 a.m. and lasted into the afternoon, is the fourth to hit the university since November 2014. After last year’s attacks, Rutgers spent $3 million to tighten its security — which is one of the reasons the institution raised tuition and fees 2.3 percent this year, according to NJ.com." | 0 Comments

Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking

"Thousands of medical devices, including MRI scanners, X-ray machines and drug infusion pumps, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients, security researchers said this week." | 0 Comments

The Cyber Siege of Higher Education in North America

"A flurry of cyber security incident headlines this summer is illustrating a growing threat facing nearly every higher education institution in North America. Notable incidents included news this spring that Penn State University's entire Engineering School had to be taken offline for an extensive investigation and clean-up of its network and systems. That incident was followed in August with similar news from the University of Virginia (UVA) of a targeted cyber attack against two officials whose work was connected with China." | 0 Comments


Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport

"However, a study published in the Proceedings of the Second (2015) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale shows that this central approach of MOOCs — having students watch to learn — is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more. " | 0 Comments


India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies

"American technology companies desperately want to win over people like Rakesh Padachuri and his family." | 0 Comments


U.S. universities lead in innovation, Asia a rising power

"U.S. universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings." | 0 Comments

The Undoing of Disruption

"Critics have long grumbled that "disruptive innovation" is just a buzz term. Now a new study casts far more substantial doubt on the popular theory" | 0 Comments


An online degree may be great for Venus Williams, but what about for you?

"Those of us without Williams’s money, talent, or fame, who might require a credential to get a job, may find the path to success with an online degree a bit more challenging. That’s because institutions ranging from much-maligned for-profit colleges to Western Governors University, a nonprofit all-online university, to prestigious traditional colleges such as Georgetown University, are offering online courses and degrees and there’s little information out there to differentiate between them." | 0 Comments

Illini Gadget Garage to open at University’s campus

"The Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space for students and faculty to take their broken electronic devices to get them fixed and an opportunity to work simultaneously with staffers to learn and understand how to repair these devices on their own. The idea is to teach users how to repair and maintain their devices through a collaborative repair process." | 0 Comments

Extra screen time drags down teenagers' exam grades, study finds

"Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don't, according to research by British scientists." | 0 Comments


Box Ramps Up Reach into Higher Ed

"Several institutions have signed on as new customers for Box, which provides content collaboration through cloud storage. Dartmouth College, Utah State, the University of Chicago and Loyola Marymount are taking advantage of the company's recent offer of unlimited storage for schools when they sign up under a program managed through Internet2's NET+ initiative." | 0 Comments

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