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News Update :: Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Blackboard, SFLC Respond to Patent Reexam

Responding to a request from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) decided Jan. 25 that it would indeed reexamine Blackboard's disputed and controversial patent on technologies used in course management systems. Both Blackboard Inc. and the SFLC, which represents open-source CMS developers, responded to the decision in separate interviews with Campus Technology....

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Students Better Informed Without CMS, Says Researcher

Students who receive course materials in class performed "significantly higher" on end of semester tests of their knowledge than those who received the materials via a course management system, according to a study by a researcher at Penn State....

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MIT, Wharton To Publish Collaborative Textbook by Wiki

Faculty at MIT and the Wharton School of Business have invited "thousands of authors," including scholars and business people, to participate in a project to write a collaborative online textbook on the topic of efforts to "successfully or unsuccessfully harness the power of 'community.'"...

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U. Kansas Class Teaches Film Making in VR, Second Life

The University of Kansas is offering film students a new course this semester on the theory and production of films in the online environment....

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Textbook on How To Launch Tech Venture Updated

Thomas Byers, a professor at the Stanford School of Engineering, and Richard Dorf, a professor at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, have updated their how-to textbook on how to start-up a successful technology business....

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Contracts, Deals, Awards

Quebec U. Filtering Sensitive Information from Campus Nets

The University of Quebec, the largest university in Canada, has deployed a content monitoring and filtering system to block "sensitive, inappropriate or sometimes even confidential information from leaving a particular computer network."...

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Minnesota State To Roll Out System-wide CRM Solution

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), a sprawling system of 32 state universities and community and technical colleges, is standardizing on a single campus customer relationship management system....

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