The Week in Learning Technology - February 1-7

posted Feb 22, 2011, 3:33 AM by
 ‘Social Teaching’ Company Gets Buy-In From Capella Education What happened to music because of the Internet—going from few creators to many—is going to happen to education very soon, says Don Smithmier, and his new “social teaching” Web site, Sophia, is going to be part of that change. That’s a big claim for a small start-up now in beta testing, but it seems more plausible the first week of February, after Capella Education, the corporation behind the online educator Capella University, made a substantial investment in his company. The Wired Campus 2/4/2011
 New Wine Facility at UC-Davis Goes High Tech A new facility at the University of California at Davis pairs winemaking with Wi-Fi to make the process more precise. The Wired Campus 2/4/2011
 Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Crowds Can Write as Well as Individuals Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that “crowd-sourced” articles written piecemeal by dispersed writers stack up well against those drafted by one author. The Wired Campus 2/3/2011
 Obama Calls for New Education Technology Agency The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency with the U.S. Department of Education to support the creation of education technologies and to promote their adoption by teachers, according to a news article in the journal Science.
 The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 UCLA Researchers Use iPhone to Track Parkinson’s Disease An iPhone application has been used by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles to keep tabs on the progress of patients afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 Health Problems Force Professor to Pull Camera From Back of Head An NYU professor triggered a debate about campus privacy in November when he decided to implant a camera in the back of his head for a year-long art project. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 Secret Deal With Recruiting Site Gets McGill U. Student Leader in Trouble A new job-hunting Web site for students almost cost McGill University’s student-government president his own job. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011