Information Technology

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.

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.

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