Information Technology

When FERPA Affects IT

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Proposed updates to rules governing the federal student privacy law, released in March, could have implications on procedures involving directories and databases.

Want to Download? Take the Quiz

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Missouri U. of Science and Technology allows peer-to-peer traffic only for users who take online quiz on copyright infringement ... every time they download.

Blackboard Accuses Desire2Learn of Contempt

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Asserting the competitor made only "cosmetic" changes to learning software found to infringe on dozens of patents, company says the new version violates court order.

A Bridge Between Blackboard and Open Source?

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Course management software company announces partnership with Syracuse U. to develop seamless connection to free alternative Sakai.

At Libraries, Taking the (Really) Long View

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Storing digital data is becoming more essential to the work of librarians, who are trying to think in terms of the next 100 years -- a virtual eternity in computer time.

From Assessment to Accreditation (Software Required)

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Panelists at Blackboard conference discuss how to marshal data from measurement tools to achieve notable outcomes -- like maintaining accreditation, for one.

Keeping Clickers in the Classroom

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Last day of Blackboard conference features educational bells and whistles galore. As for those handheld input devices: They might be more than just hype.

Keeping Track of Students, and Staying in Touch

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A start-up company from a former Blackboard executive is positioning itself to help colleges boost retention with communication tools ... and lots of data.

Will Colleges Friend Facebook?

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A start-up company is developing an application for the social networking site that would integrate with partner colleges and add privacy measures.

When IM Is the Best Way to Stay on Top

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At Ivy Tech Community College, a system serving more than 115,000 students on 23 campuses, faculty members embrace instant messaging to maintain contact with their students.

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