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Rethinking Education: A New Michael Wesch Video

Since 2007, Michael Wesch, a Kansas State University anthropologist, has released a series of viral videos interrogating the ways in which new web technologies shape human communication and interactions with information.Now he’s back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray Kurzweil, etc.) describing how technology is altering the broader educational landscape.

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AMX Names 2011 Innovation Award Winners at EduComm

AMX, a provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, announced the winners of the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards at EduComm. The awards, established with the University Business Leadership Institute, recognize individuals and institutions of the AMX Education Alliance transforming higher education around the world through innovative accomplishment and practices. This year’s three winning institutions were selected from among over 500 nominations around the globe.

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How the Internet Is Revolutionizing Education

Unless there's an outright ban, it's almost impossible to find a classroom anywhere in the United States without at least one computer. And in many college lecture halls, nearly every student will come ready with a laptop or tablet. At the very least, they often have a smartphone that's Internet-ready. These tools, only recently available to a mass audience (relatively speaking), are fundamentally altering education. They allow students to access vast stores of information with the press of a button.

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How to Reverse U.S. Economic Malaise

U.S. unemployment remains high at 9.1 percent (FT) and expectations are grim for creating sustainable job opportunities. But while it is "probably going to stay high for a fairly long time," public sector investment in education, technology, and infrastructure are a way to tackle unemployment by addressing longstanding structural problems on "the tradable side of the economy," says Nobel Prize-winning economist A. Michael Spence.

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Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google

Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Some see the lawsuit as a sign of a growing business rivalry between the two companies.

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IBM Celebrates a Century in Business

Google, Apple and Facebook get all the attention. But the forgettable everyday tasks of technology - saving a file on your laptop, swiping your ATM card to get 40 bucks, scanning a gallon of milk at the checkout line - that's all IBM.

International Business Machines turned 100 on Thursday without much fanfare. But its much younger competitors owe a lot to Big Blue.

After all, where would Groupon be without the supermarket bar code? Or Google without the mainframe computer?

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Benchmark Your Technology Progress On Campus

Find out how well your educational institution is using technology to meet your educational objectives. The survey measures progress in the implementation of anytime/anywhere access, differentiated learning, 21st Century tools, assessment tools and enterprise support.

Take the 10-minute Survey to see your campus progress toward achieving this Vision at  http://www.siia.net/visionk20/survey/survey.asp?ID=EduComm

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How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

By 2019, it’s estimated that 50% of classes taught will be delivered online, with 75% of public higher education institutions reporting having online learning in their plans. These stats and more are included in an infographic put together by OnlineEducation.net, which provides a comprehensive resource to help current and prospect students learn about all the education opportunities available to them.

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Report: Tuition Is Soaring At Two-Year Colleges

Rising tuition costs at two-year colleges are outpacing increases in household incomes across the country, making it difficult for students to get bachelor's degrees, according to a report released today.

The contrast is especially stark in Virginia, according to the report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. From 1999 to 2009, median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose 6 percent statewide while tuition at public two-year colleges increased 94.4 percent.

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Culinary College Weighing Merger Or Appeal To Avoid Closing

Baltimore International College is exploring possible mergers with other institutions and weighing a possible appeal in its attempts to forestall closing because of lost accreditation, the college's Board of Trustees announced Thursday afternoon.

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How Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away to Other Schools (Huffington Post)
If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing. The offense won't necessarily show up on a transcript. And administrators can simply note in a student's file that he or she faced disciplinary action without recording actual details. What's more, schools that accept transfer students aren't required to circle back to a previous school to check records. Even if they do, full disclosure isn't required, and the schools never have to inform the police.
What Would Thomas Jefferson Say? The Mind and Heart of the New Liberal Arts (Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion)
Ralph Kuncl, President, University of Redlands writes: If I could somehow recruit Thomas Jefferson to our current faculty, I believe he would teach not only the classic liberal arts of mathematics, astronomy, music, grammar, logic, and rhetoric but also the 20th century "liberating" domains of philosophy, history, literature, languages, natural and physical sciences, and psychology. And yet, I believe he, too, would extol the "new liberal arts" of our time like data science, digital graphic design, animation art, photographic and video production, geodesign, epidemiology, or public policy.
Obama on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
In an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed. The article looks broadly at President Obama's influence on the federal court system, and touches on affirmative action toward the end of the piece.
NC Election Law Eliminates Early Voting Sites on Triangle College Campuses (Raleigh, NC, News Observer)
Some of the largest college campuses in North Carolina will not host early voting sites for the fall election. The state's new election law is the reason. The law shortens the early voting period by a week while offering the same number of hours. It also says sites must provide both parking and curbside voting. It's mostly the last requirement that has eliminated early voting at sites on campuses that were used in previous elections.
Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill Academic Fraud Is Laid Bare (Chronicle of Higher Education)
An academic-fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took root under a departmental secretary and die-hard Tar Heel fan, who was egged on by athletics advisers to create no-show classes that would keep under­prepared and unmotivated players eligible. Over nearly two decades, professors, coaches, and administrators either participated in the scheme or overlooked it, undercutting the core values of one of the nation's premier public universities.
Ending the Traditional MBA (Inside Higher Ed)
After five years of declining enrollment in its traditional M.B.A. program, Wake Forest University is shifting gears to focus on an area where it sees greater demand -- those M.B.A. seekers who want to earn a paycheck while studying. Starting next year, Wake Forest will no longer accept applications for a traditional, daytime M.B.A. program at its Winston-Salem campus.
Thirty Massachusetts Colleges Drop SAT Requirement for Admission (Taunton Daily Gazette, MA)
While the number of Massachusetts students taking the SAT is up, a growing number of colleges in the state are no longer requiring applicants to submit their scores. Thirty colleges and universities in Massachusetts do not require applicants to submit their test scores. Nationally, that number has grown to over 800, according to FairTest.
Berklee College Hits the High Notes as Other Colleges Fall Out of Tune (Boston Business Journal)
Mac Hisey can't sing and doesn't play an instrument, but the steady stream of news coming out of his office is no doubt music to his bosses' ears. Hisey is the chief financial officer at the Berklee College of Music, the world-renowned school for the performance arts in Boston that is quietly churning out impressive numbers in all facets of its operations, from revenue to enrollment to returns on its $321 million endowment. It is a story line that runs counter to the chatter on most college campuses these days.
Xavier Receives $19.6 Million Grant to Expand Biomedical Programs, Aid Students (Times-Picayune, New Orleans)
Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand the school's number of biomedical programs and increase the number of minority students who go on to graduate from PhD and MD-PhD programs. The award is part of a $240 million investment by the NIH involving more than 10 institutions around the country called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative.
Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.? (Credit.com, Blog)
Mitchell D. Weiss writes: Tuition-price increases consistently outpace the rate of personal-income growth, which explains why education-debt levels are not just rising--they've reached the point where student loan payments are crowding out life for many borrowers. What's more, as some schools choose to relax their admission standards in favor of filling otherwise empty seats, higher education's roughly 50% completion rate is destined to decline even further.