E-textbook developer Kno has released Textbooks 1.6.1 for iPad, bringing new multimedia resources to the textbook reader, including videos from Khan Academy, and adding new support for interactive 3D objects.
The framework for a new program-wide blogging initiative at Virginia Tech's Honors Residential College encourages students to "narrate, curate, share" their stories of learning. This fall, the College will integrate blogging into its traditional program as a means to foster self-aware learners and promote digital citizenship.
Ed tech developer SoftChalk has released an update to its authoring suite for education, SoftChalk 7, and launched a premium version of its learning object repository, Connect Plus.
McGraw-Hill Higher Education will launch McGraw-Hill Campus, a service that allows schools to integrate the company's course solutions with any learning management system at no additional cost. It will be available July 21.
We have moved away from a defining model of scarcity and can expect fundamental change in the availability and delivery of higher education in the US.
A panel of leading technologists, educators, and vendors discusses the future of the LMS and the innovations needed to make it integral to 21st century learning.
Most of the possible implementation strategies for eText seem quite logical and are based on existing technologies that have been available to the higher education community for some time. But there is still a problem holding us back--a problem that lies in the fact that defining, combining, and implementing eText components has as yet been accomplished only on a very limited basis and by only a few "technologically entrepreneurial" institutions. Large-scale eText implementation is a task that has been identified as too daunting, too difficult, and it is the perhaps the most significant replacement ever, of an educational tradition that has served higher education well for centuries.
The colleges in 15 states will now be able to tap into the collection of open textbook resources compiled by the international group of institutions that make up the OpenCourseWare Consortium in a new partnership.
Canada's University of Ottawa has begun using a new system to deliver reserve materials from its media library to its classrooms.
In a time of knowledge stability, teach; in a time of rapid change in knowledge, learn… Clearly, we have left the time of knowledge stability and entered a time of incredibly rapid change. Web 2.0, a term coined in 2004, is a description of the new Web architecture, but is also a historical marker between the era of comfortable stability and the era of unsettling change. Many in higher education say we have accordingly turned to learning and away from teaching, but in fact we haven’t.