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IT Trends :: Thursday, June 28, 2007


Mapping Out the Future of Campus Maps
By Terry Calhoun

A recent question posed to the college and university webmasters list, UWEBD, asked the list subscribers to share their latest expertise and stories about the production and publication of campus maps. Not surprisingly, the ensuing discussion was enlightening. I'll share some of it here....

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Case Study: Open Source Connects Courseware at Rice University
As the Internet rapidly reshapes how scholarly information is disseminated at colleges and universities, an open-source, open-community initiative at Rice University in Houston may portend the future....
Virtual Ed Link To Provide Emergency Response
Emergency response software provider Viyya Technologies will be teaming up with energy management firm The Atlantic Cos. to launch Virtual Ed Link, a new unit designed to provide emergency management technologies for K-12 and higher ed institutions. The letter of intent between the two companies was signed earlier this month....
Elluminate Releases Live! V8
Education technology developer Elluminate has released Elluminate Live! V8, an update to the company's flagship e-learning, conferencing, and online collaboration tool. The new version adds a variety of functional enhancements and is available now. The company's vRoom, a free conferencing tool based on Elluminate Live!, is also being updated to incorporate some of the functionality of Live! V8....
Georgia DTAE To Standardize Student Evaluations, Planning Surveys
The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (GDTAE), which oversees the Technical College System of Georgia, said it plans to standardize on Scantron's Class Climate and eListen systems in order to standardize the surveys it conducts with students....
Luidia Previews Classroom Technologies
At the InfoComm show in Anaheim, CA last week, Luidia previewed several upcoming enhancements to its line of classroom technologies, including new student response capabilities and various updates to eBeam-based systems....
Academic Research Group Bolsters Leadership Team
The Computing Research Association (CRA) has picked 16 higher education computing researchers to serve as members of its first permanent Council for the Computing Community Consortium....
Virginia Tech Expands Emergency Notification
Virginia Tech this week reported that it's expanding its emergency notification system "significantly," launching the new VT Alerts system July 2. The campus has also announced the appointment of John Beach as interim director of emergency management effective immediately....

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