Beyond the money-saving feature for students, electronic textbooks offer another benefit: They can be more convenient for professors, who can easily review a new textbook online, then make a quick decision to include it in a course.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo has added Ricoh technology to its Graphic Communication Department, which educates students in imaging sciences.
Panopto this week released an update to CourseCast, the lecture capture system that's made available to academic institutions at no cost through a special program offered by the company.
Over the last 11 years, San Jose State University, an early adopter of online learning, has experimented with technology tools to enhance its Web-based course offerings. One of the institution's most recent additions to that lineup is a videoconferencing system that allows faculty and students to interact in a "face to face" format online.
Elluminate has launched an update to Elluminate VCS, a video conferencing and collaboration tool designed for use by academic institutions. The new 2.0 release includes a range of interface improvements, as well as new collaboration capabilities.
Four universities--the University of Texas-Pan American, Columbus State University, and two University of Missouri campuses, Columbia and Kansas City--have gone public with their adoption of lecture capture software from Tegrity.
During his time as governor of Kentucky in the late 1960s, the late Louie B. Nunn decided to fund a project for the University of Kentucky Libraries. The endowment was for the collection of non-partisan oral histories, and the result was the University of Kentucky Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.
TechSmith has released Camtasia for Mac OS X, a screen capture and audio and video editing tool (not to be confused with the Camtasia Relay lecture capture system, which already works on Mac).
"Where on this weather map do you expect it's going to rain today?" Dr. Perry Samson asks the 200 students in his introductory class on extreme weather. Almost instantly, dots begin to appear on the displayed map, as students indicate their answers through their wireless laptops. In moments, a clear pattern emerges on the classroom display as Samson continues the lecture.
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom has signed on for the ebrary service to distribute digitized materials online.