Open Access Textbook Webinar Series
February 2011 Webinars sponsored by the FIPSE Open Access Textbooks Grant and College Open Textbooks
February 24th 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST
Joel Thierstein, Associate Provost, Rice University/ Executive Director, Connexions
Connexions: Transitioning from the Edge of Education to the Mainstream
The presentation will give a brief description of Connexions to date and how it plans to transition from the periphery of education to the mainstream.
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Tegrity Webinar for FDLC: Lecture Capture & Beyond!
Tegrity Campus is the leading cloud-based lecture capture system, impacting learning, student satisfaction and retention across the entire institution. As a cloud-based service, Tegrity does not require the purchase, installation, maintenance or management of any special hardware, software or servers, making it both affordable and scalable for Institutions of any size.
Please join Anna Connaughton, Tegrity’s Account Executive for Florida and Jeff Relue, Tegrity Regional Sales Director if you would like to learn more about the Tegrity Campus lecture capture service and how FDLC institutions like the University of Central Florida and Northwest Florida State College are using Tegrity to meet priority academic objectives.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
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Articles & Resources
Teaching and Learning
The Widespread Pledge by States to Adopt Common Academic Standards Opens Doors for More State Collaboration in Designing Online Curriculum
Early-College High Schools: ‘Why Not Do It for All the Kids?’ , By Joel Vargas
Hidalgo, Texas, has one of the most successful school systems in the United States. The dropout rate is nearly zero, and the high school regularly lands on a top-school list published by U.S. News & World Report. Last June, when members of the high school graduating class crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, 95 percent of them could proudly point to their college credits as well.
For Many Historians, Use of Technology Remains Stuck in the Past, By Peter Schmidt
Historians are less likely than other scholars to apply new technologies in their work, even if many have made big strides in this area in recent decades, suggests research presented here Saturday at the annual conference of the American Historical Association.
The 2011 IT Agenda in Higher Ed: 3 Perspectives, By Bridget McCrea
Leaders in higher education IT departments shared their technology plans for 2011 with Campus Technology. Despite predictions of flat IT budgets, their organizations are taking on ambitious projects and actually continuing to beef up services for faculty and students, moving into app development, shoring up wireless infrastructure, virtualizing servers and desktops, and experimenting with newer mobile platforms.
21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020, By Shelley Blake-Plock
A list of 21 things that the writer believes will become obsolete by 2020.
JFK library opens first online presidential archive, By staff and wire reports
Primary-source documents from Kennedy administration now available online in a ‘democratization’ of history.
Universities find the virtualization sweet spot, By Dennis Carter
Virtual servers are saving money in higher education, but creating too many can bog down campus technology departments.
The Kno gives you everything you need to read books, write notes, highlight passages, browse the web, research and study – in one portable package. And you’ll save money (and your back!) with electronic textbooks.
An Education in Open Source, Bridget McCrea
At Maryland’s Chelsea School, free and open source software is helping deliver services to the school’s elementary students inside the classroom and out–from audio editing software to learning apps for special needs students to course management. In fact, open source so permeates Chelsea that some students are even working to contribute code back to the open source development community.
Facebook v. Twitter: Who’s really winning the war? , By Claire Knight
With 500 million users, Facebook is considered THE place to be in the virtual social scene. So it would seem…
But in 2010, Twitter jumped to 106 million users, giving Facebook a run for its money.
Blackboard’s product strategy has moved from that of a course management platform to a suite of integrated, enterprise systems that span a range of institution-wide services from communications to e-commerce. And Blackboard leadership–including Blackboard Learn President Ray Henderson–has placed a new emphasis on client support and openness. Trent Batson spoke with Henderson about the company’s new direction.
Information gathered from Florida Distance Learning Consortium Newsletter January 28, 2011