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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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Rebirth of the Research University (Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece)
Nicholas B. Dirks writes: Today there is a growing belief that higher-education systems modeled after the master plan have run their course; many people in state governments and the public at large not only assume that such a model costs too much in absolute terms, but also increasingly question the value and quality of higher education, particularly of the sort delivered at elite research universities. There is a growing belief that research can no longer be the primary mission of our great universities.
MLA Election Slate Signals a Stronger Embrace of Writing Specialists (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Composition and rhetoric professors do yeoman's work in English departments, teaching nuts-and-bolts classes to undergraduates. Writing studies as a research discipline has also taken off, as scholars investigate digital communication, political and environmental rhetoric, and other examples of writing as a social and cultural phenomenon. All that work hasn't made writing specialists feel like their natural home is the Modern Language Association, the leading professional association for language and literature.
St. Joseph University Gets First Lay President, Mark Reed (Philly.com)
When Mark C. Reed graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1992, he knew he wanted to attend a Jesuit college - and he was accepted to all four to which he applied, including St. Joseph's University. But in the end, the Philadelphia-area native chose Fairfield, in Connecticut. Now he's coming home. Reed was named president of St. Joseph's on Wednesday, the first lay leader in the school's 164 years.
Liberal arts schools adding health industry programs (Orlando, Fla., Sentinel)
Rollins College is following the national trend of more small liberal arts schools offering degrees in the health industry, one expert said. By 2016, the Winter Park school expects to offer three master's-level health degrees as well. "A lot of time people think liberal arts education means religion and history and philosophy," said Georgia Nugent, a senior fellow on the Council of Independent Colleges.
Debate over Notre Dame police records not over (South Bend, Ind., Tribune)
Could the debate over University of Notre Dame Security Police records, and whether they should be public, eventually shift to the Statehouse' The judge in the case seemed to nudge the issue in that direction. While he ultimately decided that Notre Dame does not need to make its police records public, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler this past week wrote in his ruling: "Perhaps this will cause the Indiana Legislature to consider this important matter."
College for the Masses (New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog)
A question that has always hung over these findings is whether college itself deserves any credit for the patterns. You can imagine a scenario in which college graduates would thrive regardless of whether they went to college, because of their own skills and drives. By this same logic, helping more people become college graduates might not necessarily benefit them. But the new findings are the latest, and maybe strongest, reason to believe that college matters. Much as staying in high school is generally a better life strategy than dropping out, continuing on to college seems like the better plan for a great majority of students.
Low-Income Students at Elite Colleges Speak of Facing Pressures and Alienation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Sylvia Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, painted a picture of what high-achieving, low-income students face in college today. Most are working three shifts, as researchers have put it: in college, at work, and at home, taking care of their families. They often conceal their socioeconomic status from other students. Good time management ends up being a make-or-break skill, given the pressures on those students.
Math Wars (Inside Higher Ed)
For about as long as anyone can remember, most undergraduate natural science majors have been required to take at least two semesters of calculus. Lots of students -- especially those in the life sciences -- don't end up using most of what they've learned later on in their studies or their careers, but the requirement has endured. Many math faculty members believe that the mind-stretching, theoretical nature of calculus should be experienced by any future scientist, regardless of its ultimate relevance. But lots of faculty members outside math don't feel that way, and math departments across the country are facing requests from life science colleagues to change the standard curriculum for non-math majors.
Performances, Parties, and Parodies: When Do They Cross the Line? (The Atlantic)
The use and misuse of humor and satire--from performances and parodies to party themes and publications--are prevalent across university campuses, the line between good-natured humor and racism is often hard to define. So too is the balance between racial tolerance and freedom of speech.
Sexual Assault Is Not Just a College Problem: It Is a Problem for All Young Women (Vox)
As many as 1 in 4 women could be sexually assaulted while in college, according to a new policy brief from University of Michigan researchers analyzing previous surveys. But sexual assault is no less of a danger for young women who did not go to college -- and those women are more likely to experience other forms of dating and domestic violence than their college-attending peers.