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Hopes for virtual campus collide with reality

An $8.9 million online campus launched by the University of Illinois nine months ago has had disappointing enrollment and fewer course offerings than expected–serving as a warning to college administrators that starting an online program isn’t as easy as they might think.

CEOs: Time to address ‘education gap’

The next president of the United States should be very concerned about the country’s ability to attract and retain science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers if the U.S. is to remain a leader in a global, information-based economy, say chief executives of America’s leading companies.

Tech giants invest in global ed reform

Looking to produce their next generation of employees (and customers), technology giants such as Cisco Systems, Intel, and Microsoft are setting their sights beyond just the United States and are investing heavily in global education reform initiatives.

Digital debate: Prepare kids for exams or life?

An Australian educator’s decision to let students use cell phones and the internet during exams has prompted a global dialog about the nature of 21st-century assessment–and whether the definition of cheating should be changed in light of ubiquitous technology use.

Colleges spend billions to prep freshmen

It’s a tough lesson for millions of students just now arriving on campus: even if you have a high school diploma, you may not be ready for college. In fact, a new study calculates, one-third of American college students have to enroll in remedial classes.

Technology makes art education a bigger draw

In art, as in life at large, technology has changed everything — or, more precisely, almost everything. In art classes at schools and universities today, new and emerging software is rendering art appreciation and even actual artistic production accessible to a far greater number of interested students and aspiring artists than ever before.

Will ‘wisdom of crowds’ reform patent process?

Some of the biggest players in the technology industry complain that the U.S. patent system is broken, putting too many patents of dubious merit in the hands of people who can use them to drag companies to court. And that, in turn, raises software costs and adds uncertainty for schools and consumers. Now, an experimental program launched with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and backed by the technology industry aims to change that.