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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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Assessing Assessment (Inside Higher Ed - Presidential Opinion)
Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John's College, in Annapolis writes: By far the main goal of this whirlwind of assessment is trying to determine whether an institution effectively delivers knowledge to its students, as though teaching and learning were like a commodity exchange. This view of education very much downplays the role of students in their own education, placing far too much responsibility on teachers and institutions, and overburdening everyone with a never-ending proliferation of paperwork and bureaucracy.
Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ’Access Aware’ (Chronicle of Higher Education - Presidential Opinion)
Raynard S. Kington, president, Grinnell College writes: Recent news coverage has highlighted the fact that many colleges with great wealth are not enrolling many needy students, while a number of relatively nonwealthy colleges are. In September, for example, The New York Times released an assessment of the success of 100 elite colleges and universities in admitting students from poor families. Grinnell College, where I am president, was noted for being among the few highly selective, relatively affluent institutions that accept a high number of students from low-income families.
Student Debt vs. Car Loans (Forbes - Commentary)
Lucie Lapovsky writes: According to the Project on Student Debt, only 69% of the graduates from public and not-for-profit institutions in the class of 2013 had any student loans, and their average debt was $28,200. Surely $28,200 is not inconsequential, but you don't need an MBA to recognize that the payoff from that debt is enormous: over their lifetime, college graduates will earn on average $800,000 more than those without a college degree according to the Federal Reserve Board.
Comparing College Costs the Easy Way - Commentary (New York Times)
Columnist Ron Lieber writes: And so it goes with higher education, its trillion-dollar student debt tally and a tiny little outfit called College Abacus. It has a web tool that allows people applying for college to enter financial and other personal data. Then it spits out three estimates of the price they might actually pay once colleges offer them scholarships.
The Students Who Get the Most Out of College Wake Up and Go to Class (Vox)
Bad news for college students who like to sleep in: your early-bird peers are getting a better education than you are.College freshmen who are self-described morning people spend more time studying than their peers. They spend less time relaxing and socializing. And they said their classes were more demanding and rigorous.
82% of Americans Want Congress to Make Student Loans Cheaper, But It Is a Bad Idea (Vox)
The Wall Street Journal and NBC are out with a new post-election poll, and the most popular policy idea for the next Congress is… cheaper student loans. A whopping 82 percent of survey respondents said they supported "providing access to lower-cost student loans and providing more time to those who are paying off their debt."
Why Are Higher-Ed Costs so Hard to Figure Out? - Commentary (The Keene Sentinel, NH)
Wellesley College Economics Professor Phillip B. Levine writes: The lack of transparency in the college pricing system, particularly at private colleges and universities, is a big problem. In recent years, the federal government has gotten involved, requiring colleges and universities to maintain "net price calculators" on their websites. These calculators provide an estimate of the price after factoring in financial aid, much like a mortgage calculator would do on a bank's website. In theory, this is exactly what is needed. The problem is that these calculators are too difficult to use to have much impact.
An Unusual Honor-Code Violation: Students Selling Seats in Popular Courses (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Course registration can be a stressful process on many college campuses, but students at Emory University have channeled their frustration into creative solutions--some more ethical than others. Crafty students have devised a way to game the system: Those with earlier registration times enroll in courses to save spots for their friends, who arrange to pick up those class spots during the university's "add-drop-swap" open-enrollment period, in the last weeks of a semester.
SLU Placement Rate for Grads Over 96 Percent, Survey Says (Watertown Daily Times, NY)
New survey results from recent graduates of St. Lawrence University are spelling out one clear message for employment success -- get out there and get connected. Completed in March, the college's Career Services Follow-Up survey for 2013 graduates -- which asked them what they were doing seven to 10 months after graduation -- showed that of the 76 percent who responded, 96.5 percent were either employed full time or going to graduate school less than one year out of college.
New Standards for Diversity Officers (Inside Higher Ed)
As colleges and universities continue to add chief diversity officers to their top administrative ranks, some from within and outside the profession have called for a set of professional standards to guide their work. What qualifications should these officers have' What exactly do their jobs entail' How do they relate to equal opportunity officers on campus' The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education has responded to their concerns by today releasing a list of Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.