Collaboration & Web 2.0


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Open Source Commons in a Box Keeps Academics Connected

Though they all ultimately had the same employer, up until about four years ago, researchers and scholars working within the City University of New York system may not have known about each other, even if they worked worked in the same discipline.

U Michigan Prof Open Sources MOOC Teaching Materials

The course, Programming for Everybody, taught by Charles Severance (on the Coursera platform and at Dr. Chuck Online), introduces participants to Python programming and provides them with the tools to turn around and teach those concepts themselves — or simply to continue their own training in programming.

Canadian Universities Using Desire2Learn to Track Learning Outcomes in $6 Million Research Project

The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is leading a consortium with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and Mohawk College in a research effort to link pedagogy with learning outcomes.

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A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in first-year writing courses.

California Institution Taps Unicon for Sakai Services

California's Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is enlisting open source services company Unicon to support its Sakai learning management system.



The Intersection of Learning Analytics and Openness

As institutions put more stock in learning analytics, campus technology leaders explore how a culture of openness could make the difference between success or failure for the rising technology.

Community College Uses Gaming To Bring Real-World Relevance to Courses

Lambton College is developing a pilot program to test out gaming in six of its courses — including first-year math, electrical circuits, and hair removal — to see if the use of game-playing improves attendance rates and student engagement.

'Social Paper': Digital Humanities Grant To Aid Development of Collaborative Writing Platform

Two doctoral students at the City University of New York Graduate Center have received an NEH grant to develop a platform that enables "social writing" among students.

Internet2, Desire2Learn Team Up to Offer Cloud Platform to Schools

Internet2 members can now access NET+ D2L Integrated Learning Platform via Internet2's advanced network to provide their constituents with mobile tools, webcasts, data analytics, collaboration tools and more.

The Ivory Tower Isn't Tweeting

If social media is the means by which organizations open dialogs and make themselves more accessible, transparent and accountable, higher education is being left behind, say two researchers from Michigan State University.