SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Case Study

Santa Ana College Takes Grading Online
By Linda L. Briggs
A free product that helps make writing assignments less subjective and more understandable to students is saving Santa Ana College Professor John Howe huge amounts of time and helping him grade writing assignments much more consistently....

News & Product Updates

D2L Releases Learning Environment 8.2
Education software developer Desire2Learn is releasing version 8.2 of its flagship Desire2Learn Learning Environment starting June 1. The new version expands and optimizes LE's capabilities and introduces new features to enhance the user experience....
Apple Rolls Out iTunes U
Apple has launched a new iTunes feature called iTunes U, a new department in the iTunes Store that provides free education resources from American colleges and universities. The idea is to share resources from these campuses, such as lectures and research, free of charge....
CTI Awarded $68K in HP Grant
The Hiram G. Andrews Center's Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI), in Johnstown, PA, has been awarded $68,000 from the Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching grant program that includes a teacher's stipend of $19,000 and $48,000 worth of equipment from Hewlett Packard....
Sakai Launches SCLE 2.4
The Sakai Foundation recently released version 2.4 of its Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (SCLE), an update six months in the making. SCLE is an open-source course management system targeted toward schools, colleges, and universities....
UC Profs See Car Traffic as Basis of a Mobile Internet
Computer scientists at UCLA are working on a project to use moving cars as nodes in a network to create literally a mobile mobile network....

Tech Notes

Culture Morph
By Susan D. Heid
Historically, it's been an unavoidable truth: IT people and library people have not been inclined to come to the concept of service with the same view. For IT, it's been all about keeping the servers and systems up, the websites going, and the help desk calls and their turnaround times to a minimum. For library professionals, service has meant keeping multimedia information and reference accessible; books, tapes, CDs, and other sources in order; and the environment primed for research and study...(Campus Technology)

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