Web 2.0 is not just hype or a series of fads. It's a turning point for higher education, an opportunity to rediscover the ways we learn, cooperatively and gregariously.
IBM announced today that it is collaborating with 250-plus universities in 50 countries to promote Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME) curriculum, with the ultimate goal of creating solutions for a "Smarter Planet." SSME is designed to produce students with the divergent combination of skills required--in business, technology, and social sciences--to work with complex systems and networks like the energy grid or water management. CT asked Jim Spohrer, IBM's director of Global University Programs, for more details.
With the country in the depths of an economic recession, what can we expect in 2009?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a crisis occurs--and it will occur sometime--is your campus prepared to notify the stakeholders?