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Top higher-education technology news: October 2012

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Here are some of the top higher-education technology stories from the Oct. 2012 edition of eCampus News.

A new online video platform enables schools to create their own private “YouTube” on campus … a high-tech patient simulator gives nursing students hands-on practice in a controlled environment … artificial intelligence helps teach students important writing skills: These are among the top higher-education technology stories in the October 2012 edition of eCampus News.

Our October issue is now available on our website. You can browse the full publication here, or click on any of the headlines below to read these highlights.

Open source: The new normal in higher education?

With large communities of helpful technologists, colleges are proving willing to experiment with open-source software—including a new online video platform that lets students and instructors create a private campus YouTube…

Samsung tablet takes aim at iPad—with a pen

The tablet-computer market is like guerrilla warfare. One huge army—Apple—dominates the land, while a ragtag group of insurgents keeps raiding and probing, hoping to find some opening it can exploit. With Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1, the rebels have scored a small victory…

Nursing students get hands-on practice with new technology

Bobby—or Bobbie, depending on how the animatronic mannequin is dressed—is the newest member of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s nursing department. The patient simulator, a SimMan 3G created by medical supply company Laerdal, can talk, cough, sweat, cry, bleed, exhibit illnesses, react to medication, and die, just like a flesh-and-bone patient. It’s the latest technology aimed to give nursing students a dose of what they could face in real life…

Students publish ed-tech textbook on iBookstore

At Georgia College, educational technology could spawn more educational technology: A group of graduate students have used Apple’s iBookstore to publish a video- and image-laden eTextbook filled with advice for educators hoping to incorporate technology into their lessons…

Artificial intelligence helps students learn ‘write’ from wrong

The cloud is outperforming teaching assistants in some campus lecture halls: A cloud-based writing assignment evaluator designed by a psychology instructor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., has largely eliminated the arduous task of grading hundreds of essays—a job that is usually left to teaching assistants in cavernous lecture halls…

The role of smartpens in the flipped classroom

In a perfect world, where students always do their homework and come to class completely prepared, flipping the classroom would be the ideal solution for keeping students engaged in class. However, one of the challenges of teaching is that some students do not always come to class completely prepared…

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