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ZDNet Education: “Wait for it…a calculator that requires students to give a good estimate of their results before giving the exact answer. Go figure.”

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The Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Call it a ‘massive open cookout.’ Coursera, a company that is working with more than a dozen elite universities to help them run MOOC’s, or massive open online courses, held its first official ‘meetup’ here on Saturday for students and professors to connect in person over burgers, chips, and soda.”

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Wired Campus: “The proposed Digital Public Library of America has gotten a timely $1-million vote of confidence from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award, announced on Thursday, will ‘specifically support the creation of the infrastructure for a national open-access digital library,’ the agency said in a written statement.

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Wired Campus: “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have each contributed $30-million to the edX online-learning program, but a third university will provide technology instead. The University of California at Berkeley is bringing a new online platform to the project.”

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Campus Technology: “Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to suit new technologies and evolving IT management and service delivery models is the number one IT issue facing today’s colleges and universities, according to a recent Educause report. The report, first published in June and presented last week in a webcast hosted by Educause, analyzed the top ten IT issues, as identified by a research panel of 19 member institutions from across the country.”

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Wired Campus: “Everyone can now use the iTunesU platform to deliver course material, Apple announced on Wednesday. Before, only professors at a university working with iTunesU—which collects free lectures from partner universities—could post audio and video clips, syllabi, and documents via the platform.”

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Wired Campus: “It’s an expanded version of a feature published earlier this year, which tells the stories of a dozen key figures who are changing research, teaching, and the management of colleges in this time of technological change.”

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