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Trends in Ed:Goodbye Books 

The University of Denver has recently announced that its planned renovations to the Penrose Library will include the permanent removal of 80% of the books to an off-site storage facility, so that the building can be transformed into an “academic commons,” with more room for collaborative study spaces.  Although there has been some pushback from …

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Trends in Ed: 02.09.2011 – Why the Web Is Useless in Developing Countries – And How to Fix It 

Internet and social media is undeniably one of the strongest communication tools linking the globe. A recent example can be seen through the Egyptian government's efforts to cut off internet and other forms of social media to control the on going protest organized by the web. I want to share this article. The article notes …

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Gaming for Good 

Games make headlines.  They do more than intrigue; they endear themselves to us, giving grown-ups opportunities to re-imagine or re-live in the virtual world the "play" lost to adolescence. Maybe that's too biblical an explanation for gaming's appeal. Reasons aside, the political debates of the early 2000s about violent video games, which spilled out of …

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Share and the world shares with you 

The current issue of the EDUCAUSE Review focuses on openness in education; more specifically, its articles cover the topics of the open future/student/course/faculty/ed tech/world. According to the 2010 Horizon Report, openness in higher education will reach mainstream use within 12 months. Openness in higher ed refers to the sharing of content, resources, courseware, and textbooks. …

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Three Things in a Scholar’s Web Toolkit 

In a bit of cursory research conducted for last week's post on currents of change and debate in the humanities, I came across Omeka, a web publishing and curatorial tool created by George Mason University's Center for History and New Media (CFNM). Home to an assortment of academics, educators, and developers, CFNM's charges itself with …

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Oh, the Humanities 

I am thoroughly and completely a humanist, as far as my college education goes. The closest I've gotten to a course that involved any rigorous quantification was an upper level geometry class of four, with no work and no assessments, which the professor encouraged me to take so I could provide a little historical context …

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Know Your Audience (The Twitter Mistake) 

When creating higher education materials (learning environments, admissions information, document archives, etc.) is important to know how students are accessing the Internet , what types of sites/tools their using and the context of use for those sites.  An admissions director at Bloomfield College found this out the hard what happens when we ignore the media …

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eReader Accessibility Update 

Earlier this year, Arizona State University was sued by the The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) because ASU chose the Kindle  for a pilot eReader program.  The Kindle has some text-to-speech functionality, but no user interface or navigation voice over for users who are blind or …

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University Control of Student Creativity 

The British student who created a dating site for college libraries, FitFinder, has been fined and sanctioned by his university. The tool allowed users to send messages to attractive (fit) students they spotted in the library. Within a month, the website had presence at over 30 libraries. Some of the content was deemed vulgar by …

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Mobilizing the Higher Ed Web 

.EduGru has design suggestions for the higher ed institution's that have not  yet mobilized their web presence. It's a response to the growing trend of higher ed institutions launching m0bile applications. This edu gru expects the demand to grow exponentially. Here goes the excerpt: Having a mobile site isn’t just about making your current site …

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Mobile Trends for Libraries 

This slideshow by Meredith Farkas' does a great job of exposing how mobile technologies exist in relation to libraries and how they may contribute to future library service development. It covers general information of mobile technologies-such as the usage facts, types of tools that have developed on the platform and affordances that the tools provide. …

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