Information Technology

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.

The Costs of Policing Campus Networks

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A new report examines what colleges spend to comply with Higher Education Act's provisions for guarding against illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.

Taking Facebook Back to Campus

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In what could be the next significant shift for social networking in higher education, an upcoming Facebook app will help colleges track students, alumni and potential applicants.

Next Step for Blackboard and Open Source

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Following its partnership to integrate with Sakai data, Blackboard backs development of a plug-in for Moodle, the other main open-source alternative in learning management software.

Outsourcing, Open Source and Budget Cuts

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Annual survey of campus IT departments finds more spending reductions and embrace of cloud-based e-mail -- and mass adoption of emergency notification systems.

Social Networks, the Next Educational Tool?

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A study looks at freshman social networking habits and investigates whether the ubiquitous online tools could promote retention and recruitment goals, too.

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