Information Technology

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.

Increasing Access, the Online Way

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North Carolina decided to boost first-generation and low-income enrollments in its colleges. Its solution? A Web portal and an online application drive at high schools.

Looking at Students and P2P -- With Data

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An ongoing study of student network traffic at an Illinois university is already dispelling myths and raising new questions. It might also offer a way out of the policy deadlock.

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?

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