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Top 7 Campus Technology Stories in April

From free digital textbooks to student piracy, here's what was trending on our website last month.

1) The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks
We've collected an updated roster of resources that offer quality learning content without the high price tag of traditional texts.

2) A Digital Badge Initiative: Two Years Later
The founders of Coastal Carolina University's digital badge program report on their progress, the response from students and faculty, and what lies ahead.

3) Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally
A new study on student piracy makes a convincing case for open educational resources in higher education.

4) OER in Higher Ed: 'Huge Awareness-Raising Effort Needed'
Open textbook projects are gaining momentum, according to Creative Commons' Cable Green, but there is still work to be done.

5) Redefining Student Success in a Digital Ecosystem
Retention and graduation rates may be good indicators of a college or university's success, but they have little to do with students' personal development as connected learners and contributors to the digital commons.

6) 'Just-Like-Home' WiFi for Students
Learn how the University of California, Irvine revamped its WiFi for student housing to meet today's expectations of end-to-end wireless.

7) State University System of Florida Standardizes Learning Management System
Colleges and universities within the State University System of Florida can now opt-in to use Instructure's Canvas learning management system as part of the system's "2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education."

About the Author

About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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