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Get the Fax Straight

The Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center receives about 50,000 faxes every month. To save paper and the environment, improve efficiency, and avoid the pitfalls of paper-based filing systems, they moved to an outsourced electronic fax service. They've achieved their goals, and the staff and users are 'hooked' on the new service.

Can Campuses Change Before Obsolescence?

Colleges and universities provide the cultural venue for young people to launch into life professionally and personally; they are the life spa where young people "get in shape" for adulthood. This spa aspect of college means that colleges and universities will probably remain in business for a long time to come.

Can We Gauge Technology's Impact on Learning Outcomes?

Recently, some universities have decided to end their laptop programs for students because of the economic challenges facing those institutions. But what has been the effect on students? There's no clear or consistent answer.

J School Contests Build Products for Future Media Audience

The University of Missouri Journalism School, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and their industry partners including Adobe, Apple, and AT&T are supporting student development work in order to find new ways to reach a changing audience that shuns traditional media. A series of contests will help analyze ideas fostered by the student work and make student products available for real-world applications.



Response to Nicholas Carr's 'Is Google Making Us Stupid?'

Academics sometimes express concern or nervousness over how commonly used technologies like the Web, the Internet, and social software may affect information habits and even the way net-gen students read, write, think, and learn. In a 2008 Atlantic article Nicholas Carr came right out and asked, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Here, Web 2.0 editor Trent Batson responds to the question.

Emergency Mass Notification Revisited

When a crisis occurs--and it will occur sometime--is your campus prepared to notify the stakeholders?

Slicing Academia Across the Grain: Building Virtual Organizations

Academics are now finding it possible to form virtual education organizations that would not have been possible a few years ago.

ePortfolio: There's No 'There' There

Many educators and administrators have caught the ePortfolio bug. But where does this bug lead them? It leads, seemingly, in many different directions. And here's why: ePortfolios mean differing things to different people.

Lecture Blues

In mid January, The New York Times outed MIT's TEAL initiative, and large lectures (for freshmen, at least) took a hit they may not recover from. Thank God.