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SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Case Study

Temple U Solves Content Management Challenge
By Linda L. Briggs
With roughly half a million pages of content on more than 500 well used Web sites, Temple University faced a huge challenge in getting content management under control.
Temple, located near downtown Philadelphia, has some 34,000 students across 17 campuses around the world. Using a Web publishing product from Adobe called Contribute, thousands of users--literally anyone at the university with the right permissions--now can participate in posting and updating website content themselves. The decentralized system is saving the university significantly by allowing university departments, rather than the IT department, to create, edit, publish, and control their own Web content....

News & Product Updates

Notre Dame Sharpens Online Alumni Offerings
The University of Notre Dame is revamping its alumni relations with social networking and online engagement capabilities, which it will provide to roughly 120,000 graduates in more than 300 alumni clubs, classes and affinity groups....
Consensus: Podcasting Has No 'Inherent' Pedagogic Value
A bevy of recent studies on students' experience listening to recorded lectures via podcasts confirms what many lecturers already know: that the pedagogical value of podcasts depends almost entirely on student motivation and the learning "context" of the application....
Scantron Launches Class Climate 3.0
Scantron has released an update to Class Climate, its course evaluation system designed for higher ed. The new version sports enhancements to performance, data analysis, and customization options, as well as other changes....
Adobe Ships CS3 Master Collection, Production Premium Suite
Adobe last week launched the Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, the two final installments in the Creative Suite 3 rollout....
Haiku Updates Learning Management System
Education software developer Haiku Inc. has released an update to its learning management system, Haiku LMS. The new 2.0 release, which launched June 20, adds a variety of functional and UI enhancements. A 2.1 upgrade is also expected within the next few weeks....

Tech Notes

Review and Benchmarks: Apple 13-Inch MacBook
By Dave Nagel
After a little more than a year, Apple's entry-level MacBook line of notebook computers is now in its third generation. Sporting upgrades to wireless networking, CPU performance, and storage capacity, the new models bring near-workstation-class performance to the low end of Apple's lineup while continuing to offer a comprehensive suite of hardware and software features that make it ideal for a wide range of applications, from school and home use all the way up to pro-level content creation...(Campus Technology)

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