Information Technology

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.

I'll Take My Lecture to Go, Please

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It looks like students can be open-minded after all: When provided with the option to view lectures online, rather than just in person, a full 82 percent of undergraduates kindly offered that they'd be willing to entertain an alternative to showing up to class and paying attention in real time.

A new study released today suggests not only a willingness but a "clear preference" among undergraduates for "lecture capture," the technology that records, streams and stores what happens in the classroom for concurrent or later viewing.

From Blue Books to Secure Laptops

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Some colleges are experimenting with software that turns laptops into digital blue books, which could spell the end of the dreaded exam scribble.

A Snapshot of IT Trends

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Educause releases its annual survey, with notable gains for course management systems and open source software.

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