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SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, May 16, 2007

News & Product Updates

Survey: Professors Tepid on Social Media Tools
Most higher ed faculty do not use the current wave of social networking and Web 2.0 tools in their own research and are split on whether the technologies have the potential to change the way students learn, according to a recent survey by academic publisher Thomson Learning....
Congress Warns University Presidents on P2P File Sharing
Congressional leaders have sent letters to 19 major university presidents warning them to step up efforts to curb illegal Internet file sharing or Congress "will be forced to act." "The fact that copyright piracy is not unique to college and university campuses is not an excuse for higher education officials to fail to take reasonable steps neither to eliminate such activity nor to appropriately sanction such conduct when discovered," said a letter addressed to Purdue University president Martin Jischke May 1, 2007....
Essex Teams with Kaplan for Online Program
University of Essex, located in England, has teamed up with Kaplan, a provider of education and training solutions, to launch an online higher education program called Kaplan Open Learning. Students in the program can take courses and receive their degree using the online venue....
Mercer University Broadens Mobile Communications
Mercer University will deploy mobile communication software from Rave Wireless and Sprint for the fall 2007 semester. The software will offer students and faculty a variety of ways to communicate, via text message and mobile Internet, campus information....
Angel Adds LOM, Podcasting in 7.2
Angel Learning has released Angel LMS 7.2, an update to the company's learning management system. The latest update brings in native podcasting features and adds several new learning tools, including learning outcomes management (LOM) capabilities and native support for additional standards....

Tech Notes

Dare To Share
By Linda Briggs
Pressed for dollars and resources, smaller institutions of higher education are discovering that sharing software, data management, and expertise is key to DDD success...(Campus Technology)

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