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Wired Campus: “Becker College, in Massachusetts, took an unusual step to encourage participation in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election—the institution commissioned a video game about it.”

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Inside Higher Ed: “Digital coursepacks have the ability to incorporate content that today is available only through the learning management system (LMS). The iPad is a great platform to develop coursepack specific apps, ones that can facilitate the efficient consumption and navigation of course content and deliverables.”

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Campus Technology: “Arizona State University is making a giant leap with its online program, with ambitions to grow enrollment tenfold. The Tempe university has signed on with Pearson eCollege and ESM to power a new set of services for ASU Online, intended to promote and support student enrollment, engagement, and retention in its 30 online degree programs. Rather than a straight licensing deal, the partnership includes revenue sharing.”

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ZDNet Education: “When our students are young, if we say jump, they’re going to ask how high. Raise the bar academically and they’re going to reach it. Keep it low and they won’t bother.”

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Follett gets an SIS…now what?

ZDNet Education: “Follett buys its very own SIS. This might be a game changer in terms of integrated technology services for schools.”

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Wired Campus: “College freshmen are more likely to make friends with peers they share a dorm room or major with than they are to befriend those from similar racial backgrounds, a study on the Facebook profiles of first-year students found.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “Schoology is a startup that seeks to address many of the pain points of the LMS: Schoology is easy to use. It’s free. It offers data portability. It encourages communication and collaboration with look and feel of contemporary social networking sites rather than the bulletin boards of circa 1996. But it isn’t simply a social networking tool. Schoology provides the functionality of its big name competitors – Blackboard, Moodle.”

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