IT Trends for Thursday, August 12, 2004

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

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OPINION

TurningPoint Student Response System

Do audience response systems enhance presentations in classrooms and lecture halls? This week’s Opinion comes from the director of Educational Technology Services at the University of California-Berkeley. Victor Edmonds reflects on his experience with the systems.

By Victor Edmonds
University of California-Berkeley

Audience response systems have been around for years but had a reputation for being complex, expensive, and slow. Three years ago, Professor Alex Pines and Mark Kubinec, the teachers of the large introductory chemistry course at Berkeley, were looking for techniques to make their already lively classes more interactive. They found not only that the technology had become more user friendly and could be implemented for not much money, but that it had a surprisingly positive effect on the class environment.

The technology is taking off here on campus. Installation of receivers in classrooms is not difficult, but is best done by or at least in cooperation with the classroom technology people. We ran into trouble with one receiver unit that interfered with our assistive listening system until we moved things around. The tricky part would be the hand held units. How would we get one in the hands of each student in a large lecture hall? Permanently mounted units would get destroyed and passing them out and collecting them would take up class time. We settled on selling them to each student through the bookstore, and bundled them with the textbook. The students, used to the high prices, took it in stride. Some sold back the unit at the end of the semester; some kept it for use in another class. I have heard reports that some students have reused their units for two more classes.
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IT NEWS

How to Keep Track of It All

The next generation of search tools is going to connect us to everything published by anyone, anywhere . . . and we'll actually be able to find stuff.
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Grand Valley State Students Team Up to Fight Viruses

The Great Grand Valley Computer Clean-Up will help returning students to start the fall semester with clean computer. Teams of well-prepared computer-savvy students are the key to this IT department's effort.
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Physically Present College Tours with a Virtual Twist

Also at Arizona State, PDA-like devices that use GPS technology to allow campus visitors to take self-guided campus tours.
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LambdaRail Moves into Michigan

The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University are forming "My-law," the Michigan LambdaRail.
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Winona State University Holding Off on Napster Deals

More and more institutions are signing those agreements, but others worry that doing so increases the institution's liability exposure in the event of student misuse.
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Pay Up to Acacia or Maybe Get Sued

A company that has patented some technology uses central to online learning is sending letters to higher education institutions threatening legal action if licensing fees are not paid.
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Schools Seen as Growing More Cooperative with RIAA

The recording industry is viewing colleges and universities as less hostile and more cooperative in the last couple of years - toughening up on rules enforcement and education.
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RESOURCES


They're Back . . . Soon

This report presents an outsider perspective on the unique situation campuses are in when it comes to handling security issues and keeping thousands of machines it d'esn't own in running order.
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DEALS, CONTRACTS, AWARDS

SDSU Gets $14.5 Million from Qualcomm

Qualcomm has donated $14.5 million to San Diego State University, which makes it the largest corporate donation in the SDSU’s history. The goal is to attract students into engineering and expand the university’s information, communication, and technology program.
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U. of Arizona’s Eller College Awarded Grant from IBM

IBM is donating big hardware and management information science graduate students are working on the process and structure of how to create a system (the IT and the management) to let students and others have temporary access to huge amounts of data storage that ordinary networks can't handle.
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