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Archive for August, 2011

Games in the Classroom (part 1)

ProfHacker: “Games can offer great opportunities for experimenting with playful learning in all disciplines, but the range of games available and the plethora of options for incorporating games and game tools into the classroom can be daunting.”

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Wired Campus: “Sprint agreed to pay Blackboard millions of dollars last year to offer a free mobile version of its popular course-management software that would work over Sprint’s network, but not those of competitors like Verizon or AT&T.”

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The Hive Mind Needs More Women

ReadWriteWeb: “Collaboration over the Web is still evolving. One way it might be immediately improved is by adding more women to collective intelligence projects and by shutting up the loud mouths. I’m not idly speculating here, those were the findings of a recent study by MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence.”

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Easy First Tasks for Students

ProfHacker: “Last week–the first full week of class this semester–my first-year writing students had an assignment that required them to create a document in a word processor and then email me that document as an attachment from their university email account. Not such a big deal, right?”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: “It sits in a state whose population of public high-school graduates is projected to decline for years.  But rather than limping along, this obscure institution is becoming a regional powerhouse—online.”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education’s quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center, in association with The Chronicle.”

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ProfHacker: “New part-time faculty often have the experience of having to juggle multiple LMS platforms–one for each campus or system–every semester, which isn’t fun or efficient.”

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