Information Technology

Maelstrom Over Metadata

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A change in policy for how libraries can use and share online catalog data is causing a backlash among open-access proponents and some librarians.

Better Learning With Sites and Sound

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New research suggests that Web-based collaboration tools improve students' work, and that comments recorded as audio can deepen understanding.

A Widget Onto the Future

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Some educators believe the next frontier for online learning will be portable, customizable Web objects.

With Budget Crunch Hitting IT, Time to Rethink Role?

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Colleges' information technology budgets aren't immune to the economic downturn, and some CIOs see opportunity to streamline priorities and recast their mission.

Is the Laptop Love-In Over?

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Colleges that helped provide students with computers were once celebrated. But as budgets tighten and more students come with their own machines, institutions are rethinking the value of laptop requirements.

Breakthrough, Bust, or Building Block?

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As Amazon unveils new version of its Kindle reader and underscores implications for electronic textbooks, perceptions vary on whether step is transformative.

The Next Open Source Movement

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A university and a community college are first institutions to undertake large-scale installations of administrative software created by consortium, open to all. Is industry shake-up imminent?

Challenge to the Kindle

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In theory, move to digital textbooks will help the visually impaired. But advocates say college experiments violate law because digital readers aren't accessible to the blind.

'An Academic Revolution'

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At the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education, the second such gathering convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (the first was in 1998), panelists on Monday discussed the implications of global trends in higher education before ceding the floor for a four-hour roundtable discussion on higher education in Africa, specifically.

A Gripe Session at Blackboard

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At annual users conference, a "listening session" features more complaints than executives had time for. Customer service faulted by many.

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