Even Web 2.0 is a confusing mass of capabilities, yet already people are talking about Web 3.0. Where are we in all of this? What's important for educators to know?
Wake Forest University now offers the option of admissions interviews via webcam.
The United States Coast Guard Academy, a military college in New London, CT, has adopted University WebChat to aid in communicating with potential students online.
The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia has standardized on one Web conferencing system to use both for courses and for administration.
Residents at nine universities can now check washer and dryer availability from the Web with installations of eSuds to their dorm laundry facilities. eSuds enables students to check machine availability and the status of their laundry over the Internet. They can also pay for the wash and dry cycles with their student ID cards or debit or credit cards. Users automatically receive an e-mail, page, or wireless message when the wash and dry cycles are complete.
The economy notwithstanding, Ball State University has just announced an Emerging Media Initiative that targets $17.7 million toward the evolving use of technology and digital content.
The Law, Science & Technology Program at Stanford Law School has launched the Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse (IPLC), an online database that offers comprehensive information about intellectual property (IP) disputes within the United States.
California Institute of Technology's (Caltech) Atwater Research Group has chosen eTouch SamePage enterprise wiki for the group's internal communications. Atwater is engaged in interdisciplinary materials and device research, spanning photonics and electronics and with applications in Si-based photonics, plasmonics, renewable energy, and mechanically active thin film devices.
CCC Confer, a project out of Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, is expanding its Web collaboration capabilities. The organization, which provides Web-based conferencing capabilities for the massive California Community College System (CCCS) enterprise-wide, has upgraded to the Elluminate Learning Suite unlimited license.
Now that we are conducting at least a part of our business of education virtually and often meeting in virtual environments, let's explore the really big question for academics in a Web 2.0 era...