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Moving Beyond Technology

Campus Technology: “The NMC Horizon Project has released a new list of metatrends that will impact education over the next 10 years.”

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Campus Technology: “Luidia has recently rolled out the beta version of a cloud solution that allows lectures to be viewed and manipulated remotely from tablets and other computers while providing interactive whiteboard functionality without the board.”

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Wired Campus: “Free online courses for the masses are all the rage—and many are being run by start-ups hoping to profit by selling related materials and services. Jim Groom thinks that’s too commercial, so he’s raising money for the online course he co-teaches at the University of Mary Washington using Kickstarter, the popular ‘crowd funding’ service.”

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Wired Campus: “A panel of five experts debated the merits of open-access publishing models in front of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee today, weighing the implications of a proposed bill that would require the results of federally funded research to be made publicly available within six months of publication.”

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Campus Technology: “Can the goals of 21st century learning be met by retooled legacy LMSs, or does the future belong to open learning platforms that utilize the latest technology?”

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The Chronicle of Higher Ed: “It’s a higher-education puzzle: Students are flocking to Western Governors University, driving growth of 30 to 40 percent each year. You might expect that competitors would be clamoring to copy the nonprofit online institution’s model, which focuses on whether students can show ‘competencies’ rather than on counting how much time they’ve spent in class.  So why haven’t they?”

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ReadWriteHack: “If you’ve seen one Web-based collaboration tool, you’ve seen ’em all, right? That was my thinking, until I started seriously looking at Trello a few weeks ago. Trello takes the drudgery out of collaboration software. It gives users a Web-based workspace that’s as easy to use as a whiteboard and Post-It notes, but full-featured enough for distributed teams that need to work on complex projects.”

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