Understanding what higher education needs from E-Textbooks

ECAR and Internet2 conducted an e-text pilot last year. You might find the results interesting with reference to cost models and student use of e-texts. | 0 Comments


Blackboard Joins Internet2

"As part of the Internet2 NET+ initiative, Blackboard will work closely with representative Internet2 members to explore advances in learning technologies when delivered over the advanced Internet2 network, develop and customize solutions for use by Internet2 member campuses, and support the alignment of those services with the needs of instructors, students and administrators," according to a news release. "The community-validated education services will be delivered on the advanced Internet2 Network and leverage InCommon federated authentication and other community middle ware assets." | 0 Comments


The ‘Heartbleed’ Bug and How Internet Users Can Protect Themselves

Security professionals working in higher education are updating servers, reissuing certificates used to guarantee secure Internet transactions, and encouraging students and faculty and staff members to take a break from the commercial Internet following the discovery of a programming flaw in a widely used Internet tool. | 0 Comments


Flaw Found in Key Method for Protecting Data on the Internet

"A flaw has been discovered in one of the Internet’s key encryption methods, potentially forcing a wide swath of websites to swap out the virtual keys that generate private connections between the sites and their customers." | 0 Comments


Windows XP: Old Platforms Die Hard, Security Risks Live On

Despite the publicity generated by this deadline, more than 10% of computers used in government and corporations world-wide will still use the 12-year-old operating system, according to cybersecurity firm QualysInc. Including consumer PCs, the share of desktops running XP is nearly 30%, according to researcher NetApplications.

Microsoft has been warning its customers of the coming change for years—it even has a countdown clock on its website. As the deadline approaches, the U.S. government has been urging IT administrators at utility companies and other constituents to upgrade. | 0 Comments


New U. of California President Plays Down Online Education

"I think there’s a developing consensus that online learning is a tool for the tool box, where higher education is concerned; that it is not a silver bullet the way it was originally portrayed to be. It’s a lot harder than it looks. And, by the way, if you do it right, it doesn’t save all that much money, because you still have to have an opportunity for students to interact with either a teaching assistant or an assistant professor or professor at some level. And preparing the courses, if they’re really going to be top-quality, is an investment as well." | 0 Comments


4 ways to make your course more engaging

“For too many young people, particularly our most vulnerable populations, formal education is disconnected from other meaningful social contexts in their everyday lives,” explains AEE in a new brief [2]. “The connected learning model posits that focusing educational attention on the links between different spheres of learning—peer culture, interests, and academic subjects—better supports interest-driven and meaningful learning in ways that take advantage of the potential of digital networks and online resources to provide access to an engaging learning experience.” | 0 Comments


SAS Launches SAS Analytics U

"SAS Analytics U will offer user communities for professors and students, as well as free access to SAS University Edition and SAS OnDemand for Academics software. According to the company, SAS Analytics U "will be available to learners in and out of a higher education setting." | 0 Comments


Data Breaches Put a Dent in Colleges’ Finances as Well as Reputations

"You are talking about 300,000 people spread across the continental U.S. and you offered them all credit monitoring, and you had a lawyer, and you had an IT forensics firm—my very conservative estimate would be a couple million dollars," | 0 Comments


Expanding Opportunity through Open Educational Resources

"Open Educational Resources (“OER”) are educational resources that are released with copyright licenses allowing for their free use, continuous improvement, and modification by others. The world is moving fast, and OER enables educators and students to access, customize, and remix high-quality course materials reflecting the latest understanding of the world and materials that incorporate state of the art teaching methods – adding their own insights along the way. OER is not a silver bullet solution to the many challenges that teachers, students and schools face. But it is a tool increasingly being used, for example by players like edX and the Kahn Academy, to improve learning outcomes and create scalable platforms for sharing educational resources that reach millions of students worldwide." | 0 Comments

State Department Expands Access to Open Educational Resources in the Middle East and North Africa

The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a special exchange program on Open Educational Resources (OER) for education leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Open Educational Resources are publically available course syllabi and materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools or techniques. OERs support the State Department’s goal of increasing access to education. Participants will use what they learn to increase educational opportunities for underserved youth and promote economic development through education in their home countries. | 0 Comments


Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used

"With the success of its free open online course system, called MITx, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds itself sitting on a wealth of student data that researchers might use to compare the efficacy of virtual teaching methods, and perhaps advance the field of Web-based instruction. However, the university is grappling with ethical issues raised by the collection and analysis of these huge data sets, said L. Rafael Reif, the president of MIT. “If you believe in the potential of digital learning, you have to care about the larger question: How can we harness this flood of data to generate positive change — without destroying the very idea of privacy? Parallel questions hover over our work in field after field,” he said." | 0 Comments


MOOC expansion signals beneficial integration between traditional and online course structures - The Daily Illini : Editorials

"As tuition costs rise, increasing numbers of students are looking for more affordable, less traditional means of obtaining the knowledge and skill sets offered by the pricey four-year degree. Professors are looking for ways to maximize and integrate technology into their class structure, and administrators are seeking to reach out to as many students as possible — on and off campus." | 0 Comments


LinkedIn tries to get users' attention by offering them influence - latimes.com

LinkedIn is rolling out its latest effort to get you to spend more time on the professional networking service. This time, it's giving you a shot at wielding your influence alongside Barack Obama and Bill Gates. | 0 Comments


MOOC team set to hire more staff, launch new courses - The Daily Illini

"But these free courses, which enroll tens of thousands of participants from around the world, require plenty of resources. Each class costs about $30,000 to $50,000 to produce, not including the faculty members' time spent on its development. In addition to faculty members' curricula, the MOOCs require a staff of instructional designers, who in turn design the MOOC presentation; audio and video producers to nail down technical details; and copywriters to ensure that the material is in the public domain." | 0 Comments

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