SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Case Study

University of Delaware Responds to Classroom Clickers
"Have you ever found yourself standing in front of your class in the middle of a lecture and wondering what in the world is going on in the minds of your students?"
--Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado, from the book, Clickers in the Classroom
By Linda L. Briggs
Any instructor who has had the experience Duncan describes can appreciate the idea of using clickers, or personal response devices, to gauge student participation and understanding. At the University of Delaware, with nearly 20,000 students, clickers are not only engaging students during class, they're starting to be used for homework assignments and as campus-wide polling devices....

News & Product Updates

Research: College Students Use Internet for Education ... Huh
Whatever else your students are doing on the Internet, they are using it for educational purposes as well. According to a study released last week by Houghton Mifflin, more than half of college students use the Internet "to keep up with course work and prepare for exams."...
Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS
Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System....
Forecast: Future Looks Bright for Dim Projectors
According to a forecast released last week by display market research firm Pacific Media Associates, the market for pocket projectors and other miniature projection devices is set for a very bright future, though the devices themselves typically offer fewer than 500 lumens of brightness....
U Oklahoma Taps Day for Content Management
The University of Oklahoma will deploy Day Software's Communiqué, an enterprise Web content management suite, to help revamp the school's various portals for students, staff, and alumni....
Columbia Southern U Launches Social Networking for Alumni
Columbia Southern University has launched a new online service for its alumni. Dubbed "CSU Click," the service provides social networking functionality for the school's graduates at no charge....

Tech Notes

Online Training for Online Faculty
A checklist of the best strategies for designing and delivering online courses to train online faculty...(Campus Technology)
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