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by Stephen Downes
November 4, 2008

North Carolina State and IBM Expand Open Source Educational Cloud
This is interesting: "North Carolina State University and IBM have announced plans to provide every student in North Carolina access to educational resources through NC State's Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), an open source, Web-based technology. Through this cloud--which is a set of Internet-based resources--students at the university, as well as K-12 schools and other colleges around the state will have access to educational materials, software applications and computing and storage resources." Here's the VCL page. Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Exclude Teaching and Learning Materials From the Open Access Repositories Debate. Discuss.
A discussion taking behind the scenes at JISC is bubbling to the surface as people begin to consider the implications of excluding teaching and learning materials from discussions of open access repositories. Lorna Campbell, Lorna's JISC CETIS blog, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

How Technology Is Transforming the Lecture
This isn't an exhaustive survey but a series of examples of how professors are using video and multimedia to enhance traditional lectures. One professor inserts YouTube video 'laugh breaks' into the flow, another records the lectures (reporting that the average student views "120 percent" of the lecture), another creates videos on the practice and practicality of the profession. Suzanne Bowness, University Affairs, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Philosophy'S Makeover
Others are discovering what I have discovered: a philosophy degree is among the best practical education you can get to work in today's complex information-based society. Daniel Drolet, University Affairs, November 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

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