SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Case Study

U of Tennessee MBAs See the Light with Data Visualization Software
By Linda L. Briggs
Students in Professor Mary Holcomb's MBA courses at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are spending less time figuring out how to manipulate data and more time learning how to make good decisions from that data....

News & Product Updates

Drexel Rolls Out Wireless Access Throughout Philly Area
Drexel University and Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. struck a deal to extend the boundaries of its wireless network so that students, faculty, and staff can access university resources or browse the Internet via EarthLink's Wi-Fi networks....
U Washington Deploys IP-Based 'Coursecasting'
The University of Washington, in an effort to improve access to classroom materials for students, has deployed IP-based audio encoding devices throughout 24 classrooms, standardizing on Barix Instreamers....
Peirce Accelerates Student Portal
Peirce College is accelerating its Web applications with Crescendo Networks. The Philadelphia, PA college is using Crescendo's Maestro Application Front End to accelerate Java and ASP services on a student portal that's expected to launch by the end of this quarter....
Academics Joining Ranks Declaring 'E-Mail Bankruptcy'
More university professors are joining the ranks of those who have given up or severely curtailed their use of e-mail as a medium for personal--and most of all--private correspondence. They have had enough with electronic spam, come-ons, nonsense and smut-vertisements....
Carnegie Mellon, WPI Grants To Explore 'Intelligent Tutoring'
The United States Department of Education has awarded Worcester (MA) Polytechnic Institute and Carnegie Mellon University a four-year, $2 million grant to enhance a computerized program to help middle school students hone their math skills. The tool is designed to tie tutoring to the assessment of student performance under federal teaching and learning guidelines....

Tech Notes

Review: Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium
By David Nagel
Some of the most common applications IT professionals have to administer (besides the usual, ubiquitous office and productivity tools) are to be found in the Adobe's design software portfolio--Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, and InDesign, among others. And, no doubt, those of you who have not yet upgraded to Creative Suite 3 are feeling the pressure to do so. And, beyond that, you're probably also feeling the pressure to upgrade to the Premium Editions of the design suite. Is it worth it?...(Campus Technology)

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