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U Wisconsin Pilots Virtual Student Union

The University of Wisconsin-Extension has opened a virtual student union as part of its sustainable management program, where students can chat with each other and connect with employers and faculty online. The site is a pilot program to evaluate how well the platform can eventually serve all students seeking online degrees through the university.

Microsoft's Free SEO Tool Released

Microsoft has released a free search engine optimization (SEO) tool for Web sites. [Updated Jan. 15, 2010 at 10:38 a.m. PST]

Microsoft: IIS 6.0 Has 'Inconsistencies,' but No Bug

Microsoft denied that its Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server software is subject to new-found security vulnerability.

Purdue U Brings Social Networking to the Classroom

In most classrooms around the world, using cell phones to send text messages and laptops to access sites like Facebook and Twitter are very much discouraged. Not so at Purdue University, where some professors have come to embrace social networking as an instructional aid.

U Arts London Chooses A10 Appliances for Load Balancing Content Delivery

University of the Arts London recently selected and deployed four load balancer appliances from A10 Networks to create a new Web architecture that optimizes content delivery.

DeVry Deploys Equella for Content Development

DeVry, parent company of DeVry University and several other for-profit career training institutes, has chosen digital repository Equella for its system-wide curriculum content development.

Johns Hopkins Taps Localist Platform for 'Social Calendaring'

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has added a branded interactive events calendar to its Web site with the help of Localist.

Purdue Signs Oxygen Education for Online Development Work

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN has signed Oxygen Education to help it develop online components for the university's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Green Enterprise Development Program. Purdue's program provides energy-related classroom-based and online instruction for workforce training.

Colorado Tech and American Intercontinental Launch Virtual Tours To Woo Students

To woo students to their distance learning programs, Colorado Technical University (CTU) and American Intercontinental University (AIU) have launched microsites that provide interactive tours of their virtual campuses.

Bexhill Deploys Technology To Monitor Student Web Use

Bexhill College, a British sixth form educational institution (akin to an American community college though with slightly younger students), has implemented Spector 360 from SpectorSoft Monitoring Software to meet "duty of care" requirements for student Web access.