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IT Trends :: Thursday, November 2, 2006

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Drop Patent, EDUCAUSE Urges Blackboard

A very eloquent and (Inside Higher Ed says) “powerful” letter. “We do not make this request lightly or underestimate the courage it will take to implement. However, we believe it is the right action for your corporation and our community.” The letter was hand-delivered to Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen at EDUCAUSE’s early October meeting but was made public only last week…

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Half of Job Applications Rejected After Googling by Employers

The largest rejection reason was discovering a falsehood on a resume or vita, but links to criminal behavior (sounds like Facebook or MySpace) and poor communication skills ranked pretty high up there, too. Some eight percent of hiring managers rejected applications due to unprofessional screen names. So be careful what you write on the Internet…

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UC Berkeley Librarians Finally Get to 'School of Information' Status

Reflective of the changing times, the transformation from librarians to digital information specialists has come around to the renaming of the UC Berkeley School of Information and Management Systems to the School of Information. There is a convergence of computer science, library science, and social sciences in this program. It still resides in an 1873 building, though...

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MOSS Captures Stanford Cheaters

Stanford's computer science program annually reports the highest number of cheaters on campus, but not because the students are more prolific at cheating. Rather, Professor Alex Aiken has this very cool program called MOSS that runs student code against huge databases of comparative code…

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