Information Technology

Blackboard Loses on Appeal

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Federal Circuit panel invalidates course management giant's patent claims, handing major victory to competitor Desire2Learn.

The Equal Opportunity Library

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Google's mammoth book digitization project means access to knowledge for minorities and the underrepresented, scholars and activists said Wednesday.

Online Learning, at a Pace

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A new Web site licensed by Harvard says it can teach students almost anything -- one e-mail at a time.

Textbook Bonanza

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News abounds about bookstores and other providers (on ground and virtual): reunification at Barnes & Noble, infusion for Academos, expansion for free textbook initiative.

Life in a Google Book Search World

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Months after Google reached a settlement with copyright holders, concerns remain about the impact its Book Search will have on libraries and potential competitors.

Adding Currency to JSTOR

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In collaboration with U. of California Press, digital archive plans to expand to include new issues, promising expanded reach and better technology for publishers and ease of access for libraries.

Where Phones in Class Are OK

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New courses about iPhone-application development teach students how to program and design -- and, if they're lucky, make money.

The Mobile Campus

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What did Abilene Christian University learn in its first year as a self-appointed guinea pig for mobile learning technology?

Course Hero or Course Villain?

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Professors worry that new companies might be making money from their copyrights while encouraging plagiarism among their students.

IT Budgets Take a Hit

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Two-thirds of public institutions report reductions, ending years in which information technology costs grew steadily.

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