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SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Campus Focus

How Dartmouth Produces Video Podcasts
By Dian Schaffhauser
With an $8,000 investment, Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy has set up the capability to provide video podcasts for courses that enable students to watch lectures they may have missed or that warrant review. Now, said Lab Manager John Largent, the New Hampshire school is exploring how it can make lecture capture available campus-wide....

News & Product Updates

U Penn To Put Special Collections Online
Penn Libraries, the University of Pennsylvania Library system, is embarking on a project to digitize its special collections, including rare books and historical documents. The project will kick off this summer and culminate in a fully searchable collection of rare books online....
University of Portland Deploys File-Sharing Software
The University of Portland recently deployed GroupDrive software from South River Technologies, a developer of file transfer and collaboration software, for online file sharing on its campus. The software will be used for student and faculty collaboration, as well as for the university's back office, and is designed to replace other forms of online file-sharing such as email, according to South River....
Facebook Bluetooth App Maps Friendship Networks
Researchers at the U.K.'s Bath University have developed a tool that uses the unique electronic IDs of Bluetooth devices, such as a mobile phone, to map the physical paths of friendship networks, the BBC reported....
LOC Funds U Illinois Virtual Content Preservation Project
The Library of Congress announced $2.5 million in grants for projects to establish digital format standards for preserving photos, films, music, and video games. The funding covers eight organizations involved in significant digital content projects, including UCLA's Film and Television Archive and the "Preserving Virtual Worlds" project at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign....
SUNY-Maritime College Partners with History Channel for Online Courses
The State University of New York-Maritime College this fall will debut two new online courses developed in collaboration with The History Channel. Both courses are to be based around History Channel television series and will be offered for credit, marking the first time The History Channel has developed a course for college credit....

Tech Notes

Facebook Becoming Malware Magnet, Experts Warn
Popular college social networking website Facebook attracts thousands of developers wanting to enrich its functionality. But in the process it has become a magnet for malware, according to experts from the security firm VeriSign...(Campus Technology)
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