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What Bill Gates is learning online

It’s no surprise, really, but it turns out Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates is a strong supporter of the open-courseware movement that has swept through higher education in the…

Grand Rapids textbook rental program expands

Grand Rapids Community College students were among the first in the nation to be able to rent their textbooks from their Follett’s campus bookstore, but now the company is expanding…

The top higher-ed tech stories of 2009: No. 3

Although technically it was published in 2008, "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns," by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, and Michael Horn, made a…

Northwestern University coding the future of news

Personalized newscasts culled from the web and presented by digital avatars; baseball stories written by computers using raw data: Students and professors at Northwestern University are working to make this…

R2D2: A model for using technology in education

The Read, Reflect, Display, and Do (R2D2) model is intended as a problem-solving wheel that represents phases of learning--from reading and exploration, to reflective writing, to visualization of the content…

Social networking experiment nets $40,000 for MIT-led team

A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spread the wealth far and wide to locate 10 red balloons in undisclosed locations across the country on Dec. 5 and…

New iPhone application aids student research

An alternative to spending hours in a library sifting through books is now available at the touch of students' fingertips, thanks to the work of a University of Montana alum,…

Internet helps but also hinders learning, professors say

Panelists at a Harvard University discussion on Nov. 18 agreed that while modern technology can enhance education, it often creates distractions in the classroom, reports the Daily Free Press of…

Baylor IT official focuses on digitization

Pattie Orr and other Baylor University officials take preservation seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the school dedicated a wing of its library to digitizing rare books, audio recordings, maps,…

Universities join together for cost-saving measures

Already hit with a 5-percent budget cut this year and bracing for another 3-percent cut, Mississippi's university system is putting together cost-cutting plans to increase efficiency, reports the Hattiesburg American.…

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