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Matrix helps students weigh internet research

For anyone doing research online, the abundance of information available can be overwhelming–and so can the task of sifting out unreliable information. Now, a pair of researchers hopes to give students a method for assessing the reliability of material they find on the internet, whether it’s in Wikipedia articles, YouTube videos, or blogs.

Purdue students rate their professors online

Purdue University professors soon will get faster feedback from students, thanks to a new online evaluation system. Currently, students rate their professors through written evaluations, which are then typed out so an instructor does not know which student made the comments. Typing the responses can take weeks or months. The new online system can show professors student comments in as little as one day.

Jr. colleges outpace 4-year schools in tech use

Most community colleges cannot match the budgets and endowments that are typical of four-year colleges and universities. But that doesn’t mean they are lagging in terms of educational technology: In a recent survey on technology integration in higher education, community colleges actually scored slightly higher than four-year institutions.

Cyber bullying case nets mixed verdict

A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyber bullying case was convicted Nov. 26 of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in a cruel internet hoax that allegedly drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

Experts: Alternative search tools can help students

Higher education is discovering that Google isn’t the only game in town. The search-engine giant, along with competitor Yahoo, has long been the most-used search site, but other search tools have surfaced in recent years that could help college students do more in-depth research of video and audio files and web sites that have cluttered the internet.