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Campus Connection: UW-Madison, Madison College to pilot test e-textbooks

Campus Connection: UW-Madison, Madison College to pilot test e-textbooks | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
UW-Madison, Madison College and more than two dozen other institutions of higher education are taking part in a pilot project to evaluate digital learning materials as an alternative to the more traditional — but costly and bulky — textbooks...
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Are You There Authors Guild? It’s Me, Reality

Are You There Authors Guild? It’s Me, Reality | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
I can only hope someone at The Authors Guild is ordering a huge "I'm Sorry" bouquet and mailing it to Jeff Bezos. Like, now.
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Teaching to the World From Central New Jersey - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching to the World From Central New Jersey - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

A few months ago, just as the campus of Princeton University had grown nearly silent after commencement, 40,000 students from 113 countries arrived here via the Internet to take a free course in introductory sociology.

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A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

A Colorado university is announcing on Thursday that it will give full transfer credit to students who complete a free introductory computer-science course offered by the online-education start-up company Udacity.

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The credit hour causes many of higher education's problems, report finds | Inside Higher Ed

The credit hour causes many of higher education's problems, report finds | Inside Higher Ed | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

An over-reliance on the credit hour, which links the awarding of academic credit to hours of contact between professors and students, has led to many of higher education’s problems, according to the report.

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Google, Electronic Textbooks, and Collaborative Schooling?

Google, Electronic Textbooks, and Collaborative Schooling? | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
A series of Google patent applications describe the use of an electronic textbook reader that makes using an electronic textbook a much better experience than just reading a book on a screen.
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The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes

The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
More than one-third – six million – of all students in higher education took at least one online course in the fall of 2011.
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Steve Rosen: Professor is pushing for better e-textbooks

Predictions that electronic textbooks would push traditional books to the back shelf on college campuses have so far proven overly optimistic.

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Stanford Creates Vice Provost For Online Learning To “Fundamentally Reshape Education” | TechCrunch

Stanford Creates Vice Provost For Online Learning To “Fundamentally Reshape Education” | TechCrunch | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
Stanford University announced the creation of an Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning today, appointing computer science professor John Mitchell as the office’s inaugural head.
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Goodbye Textbooks! Students Are Embracing the Move to Digital Learning [Infographic]

Goodbye Textbooks! Students Are Embracing the Move to Digital Learning [Infographic] | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
Students can’t live without their devices, so schools should embrace the change.
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Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality by Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, Ashley Lee :: SSRN

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality by Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, Ashley Lee :: SSRN | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

Building upon a process- and context-oriented information quality framework, this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities. A review of selected literature at the intersection of digital media, youth, and information quality — primarily works from library and information science, sociology, education, and selected ethnographic studies — reveals patterns in youth’s information-seeking behavior, but also highlights the importance of contextual and demographic factors both for search and evaluation. Looking at the phenomenon from an information-learning and educational perspective, the literature shows that youth develop competencies for personal goals that sometimes do not transfer to school, and are sometimes not appropriate for school. Thus far, educational initiatives to educate youth about search, evaluation, or creation have depended greatly on the local circumstances for their success or failure.

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Trends | Infographic: Learn Now, Lecture Later

Trends | Infographic: Learn Now, Lecture Later | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
The days of a teacher spending every class behind a lectern aren’t behind us yet, but things are changing in America’s high school and college classrooms – and technology is helping support this ch...
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Georgia College Produces Student-Written E-Textbook -- Campus Technology

Georgia College Produces Student-Written E-Textbook -- Campus Technology | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
Nine graduate students in an Advanced Technology for Teachers course at Georgia College have published their own e-textbook, Using Technology in Education, through Apple's iBookstore.
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Amazon's Renaissance Of Reading

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"The only thing more perfect than reading is more reading," declared Amazon in a TV advert for its new Kindle eReader device. At a self-hosted event in Santa Monica today, Amazon launched new versions of its eReader and tablet products.
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Site-based testing deals strengthen case for granting credit to MOOC students | Inside Higher Ed

Site-based testing deals strengthen case for granting credit to MOOC students | Inside Higher Ed | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

The massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX took a step toward boosting the credibility of its “graduates” on Thursday, announcing a partnership with Pearson’s testing centers that would allow students in edX’s free, online courses to take proctored exams.

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The Future Is Now, and Has Been for Years - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Future Is Now, and Has Been for Years - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

I think I taught the first MOOC in history. It was the spring of 1994.

I call it the best idea I ever had in the shower.

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Penn considers future of Coursera

Penn considers future of Coursera | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
Since the University announced its partnership with Coursera last spring, it has launched five courses on the online learning system.
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4 Reasons Why Tech Investors Should Spend Time on Campus | Inside Higher Ed

4 Reasons Why Tech Investors Should Spend Time on Campus | Inside Higher Ed | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

A better strategy for tech investing would be to re-enroll in college. But if you don't have the time or desire to move back into a dorm room I'd still suggest that you come for a campus visit.

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NOOK Study Is The Future Of Textbooks - Seeking Alpha

NOOK Study Is The Future Of Textbooks - Seeking Alpha | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS) is changing the way higher education students get their course material by offering the NOOK Study, which is a digital textbook reading application.

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Online universities blossom in Asia

Online universities blossom in Asia | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
Thousands of kilometres from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype.
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The Myth of Textbooks

As a junior at UNCW, I’ve managed to get quite a few classes under my belt.  I’ve sat in a lot of lecture halls, taken pages of notes, turned in numerous assignments and have been subjected to rigorous exams for the past two years.  Needless to say, my brain has been filled with a large amount of information since I was a freshman. However, there is one lesson I’ve learned that I wish to impart upon my fellow students, especially those who are just starting their college career—a lesson that few professors will likely lecture about. Despite conventional wisdom, textbooks are—at least in part—a myth.

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Why Digital Supplements Drive High-Priced Textbook Adoption | Inside Higher Ed

Why Digital Supplements Drive High-Priced Textbook Adoption | Inside Higher Ed | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

What needs to happen, it seems, is some consciousness raising about both the detrimental impact of high student textbook costs and more knowledge about the availability of high quality substitutes.

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California’s two year college system in deep trouble

California’s two year college system in deep trouble | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it

“The real problem is we don’t have the financial resources to offer the courses that we could fill. In the long run, it’s going to be hurtful to the economy." Chancellor Jack Scott

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Florida State U. Instructor Grades Students Based on 'Klout' Scores - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Florida State U. Instructor Grades Students Based on 'Klout' Scores - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
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Rewriting the Journal -- Campus Technology

Rewriting the Journal -- Campus Technology | The Digital Professor | Scoop.it
With faculty balking at the high price of traditional academic journals, can other digital publishing options get traction?
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